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SWCC Festival of the Arts

Southwest Virginia Community College presents the Festival of the Arts.

March 28-29 & April 11-23, 2023.

We hope you join us for another exciting festival in 2023! 

Festival of the Arts Performance Information

The success of the festival is due to the support of the community: area individuals and families, alumnus, businesses, civic organizations, local government and school divisions, and local and regional family foundations whose financial support is paramount to the success of our programming. For festival sponsorship information, please contact Mary Lawson, 276-385-0104 or

Since 1995, many countries of the world, including our very own Appalachian Region of the United States, have been the focus of the festival.

Our returning artists each year include Camerata Virtuosi New York (pictured)

Learn more about our artists and sponsors and make plans now to join us!


The festival began in 1995 with Spotlight on America-From Sea to Shining Sea!

Since that inaugural year, the countries of Germany, Italy, Austria, England, Russia, France the Appalachian Region of the United States, and others have been visited through the festival. The mission of the festival is to provide an in-depth exploration of the cultural riches of countries and cultures around the world to create a better understanding of those nations and cultures. The two-week long festival consists of numerous musical performances, including vocal, instrumental, and solo presentations. Dance, theatre, literature, visual arts, and film are other areas of exploration.

Students from the dance, theatre, and music departments at Southwest participate, as well as community singers in the SWCC Community Chorus. SWCC art students design the festival logo each year and prepare art exhibits that reflect the artistic heritage of the country in the spotlight. Workshops are conducted by visiting artists and a Spotlight event is held each year to showcase student talent.

Nationally and Internationally Acclaimed Artists

Most performances are presented by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, among them:
pianists Pavlina Dokovska, ; violinists Yuri Vodovoz and Rob Taylor; violist Ariel Rudiakov; cellist Diliana Momtchilova; flutist Massimo Mercelli; sopranos Stefka Evastieva and Karen Bureau; the Kandinsky Trio and Garth Newel Chamber Players; Walt Michael and Company and Madeline MacNeil, dulcimer.

Special Guests

Special guests have been actor Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Dr. Gottfried Wagner, musicologist; Chandler Cowles and Henry Taylor, Pulitzer Prize winners; Dr. Gideon Waldrop, former Dean of the Juilliard School of Music and President of the Manhattan School of Music; composer David Tcimpidis; writers Lee Smith and Sharyn McCrumb.

Venue for many performances:

Southwest Virginia Community College
King Community Center
295 Community College Road

Dellinger Hall
965 Community College Road

Visit these sites for more information about the region:

Tazewell County Website

Appalachian Arts Center

Appalachian Authors Guild

Open for Business: Tazewell County

Virginia Festivals Information

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All Locations: 2-Hour Delay on Monday, January 22, 2024.