CHARLESTON — Eastern Illinois University's Celebration Arts Festival will take place Friday through Sunday on the EIU campus.
Since 1977, the festival has featured activities that celebrate the role the arts play in our lives.
"Since the beginning, this festival has made it a point to present a wide variety of artists and art forms," said Dan Crews, festival director. "Celebration doesn't focus on one genre or one particular theme."
As part of this year's festivities, the EIU Office of Study Abroad will present a traditional Hindu celebration of Holi on Friday. EIU will have its own observation of the age-old "Festival of Colors" from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday in the Library Quad.
This will be the second year the festival will take place on South Seventh Street between the Doudna Fine Arts Center and Buzzard Building. It is presented free of charge and opens at 11:30 a.m. Friday, with the last performance beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday.
On the second and third days, the Celebration Art Show features potters, jewelers, photographers, painters, and sculptors. This year's Art Fair is dedicated to Doug Lawhead, who died at the beginning of the fall semester.
For a schedule of events, visit http://www.eiu.edu/celebration.