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San Antonio Lights Up for Annual Luminaria Festival

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UPDATE: Postponed because of bad weather, San Antonio's annual Luminaria arts celebration now will take place May 5, 2012. To see our updated story, click here.

ORIGINAL STORY: The fifth annual Luminaria-Arts Come to Light celebration will light up San Antonio March 10, 2012, a free event at HemisFair Park that draws more than 300,000 visitors to the Texas city's flourishing art scene.

Taking place from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., Luminaria features the collaboration of over 100 artists and non-profit arts organizations and showcases all art forms in an outdoor setting and inside various venues downtown.

luminaria02As the sun sets in the early evening hours, the shimmering lights of the festival come to life.

Visitors can expect to be immersed in the music, dance, film, literary arts, theater and visual arts of San Antonio. This unforgettable celebration provides the chance to revel in the city's wealth of traditional and innovative cultural expressions.

Through one night of arts, organizers seek to re-imagine HemisFair Park as a canvas for enlightened, innovative, and interactive contemporary artwork from all artistic disciplines.

For the first time, well-known curators from prestigious arts institutions were involved to select the artists invited to show their work. More than 80 artists have been selected, with the majority from San Antonio and throughout Texas.

The word Luminaria refers to a traditional light or lantern popular in Latino cultures and ubiquitous in San Antonio. It also is San Antonio's adaptation of "White Nights", originally conceived in Paris, France in 2002, in an attempt to bring contemporary art to the masses in public spaces. "

The notions of illumination, energy, warmth, movement and tradition inspired by this icon are integral to the theme of this event. Luminaria 2012 will feature works of art based on the general theme of light, involving multiple disciplines and collaborations.

This one-night festival features 12 performance stages, several galleries, and site specific installations throughout the grounds. This is a free event, so there is no need for the public to purchase tickets in advance.

For more information, visit the Website at
http://luminariasa.org/ .

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