Dance. Music. Literature. Painting. Poetry. Cinema.

You'll find it all during the "Spotlight on the Arts" festival, hosted by the University of Georgia! Over a nine-day period, more than fifty performing and visual arts events will take place in Athens, Georgia to showcase the wide variety of creative talent from inside and outside our community!

Here's a rundown of the "don't miss" events of the series!

Monday, November 5th:


  • The large-scale mural, Doors, tracing the modern political history of Georgia is now on display in the Richard B. Russell Special Collection Library. The program at 5:30 p.m. will feature presentations by library curators and the artist, retired UGA Art professor Art Rosenbaum. 

Tuesday, November 6th:



  • In honor of Election Day, members of Demosthenian Literary Society will re-enact classic campaign speeches in the lobby of the Russell Library at noon. 


  • At 12:30 p.m., head to Memorial Hall Ballroom for an open Waltz and Swing class, sponsored by the UGA Dance Department. 
  • Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m., Athens welcomes world-renowned musical phenomenon Blue Man Group as part of the Classic Center's Broadway Entertainment Series. The Blue Men use the stage to entertain with a combination of theatrics and performance art! Acclaimed by the New York Times as "one of the most delightful performance pieces ever staged," this is one you certainly don't want to miss!

Wednesday, November 7th


  • UGA Trombone Ensemble and Choir perform at 6 p.m. in Ramsey Hall at the Performing Arts Center on UGA's East Campus.
  • Somebodies, a locally produced feature film will be premiered with a Q and A to follow by writer/director Hadjii and co-star Kaira Akita. The film begins at 7 p.m. at Cine on W. Hancock Street. 
  • The Blue Man Group concludes their two-night run in Athens with an 8 p.m. show!

Thursday, November 8th



  •  Class of 1989 UGA alumnus, U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey will present readings and remarks at UGA Chapel. The Charter Lecture begins at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow at Demosthenian Hall.
  • Chakaia Booker will present a lecture in conjunction with the exhibition of her work Defiant Beauty, currently on display in the Jane and Harry Wilson Sculpture Garden at the Georgia Museum of Art. 5:30 reception, 6:30 lecture in the Griffith Auditorium at the Georgia Museum of Art.
  • Student Night at the Georgia Museum of Art with tours, food and DIY projects from 8-11 p.m.

Friday, November 9th



  • World-renowned banjo player Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio perform at the Hodgson Hall in the Performing Arts Center on East Campus.
  • University Theatre: The Darker Face of Earth by former Poet Laureate Rita Dove at the Fine Arts Theatre combines the Greek Oedipus myth with the reality of slavery. See it Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Saturday, November 10th



  • Spend the morning at GMOA; It's Family Day!
  • Young Choreographers Series Senior Concert at 8 p.m. features senior Dance majors culmination of choreographic works

Sunday, November 11th



  • Don't miss the final performance of The Darker Face of Earth at the Theatre in the Fine Arts Building at 2 p.m.!
  • Guests are invited to the Georgia Museum of Art for a Spotlight Tour of the permanent collections from 3-4 p.m.; meet in the GMOA lobby!


Enjoy the Spotlight!!!

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