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Vertical dancers, street faire highlight Festival of Arts


Sacramento State’s most ambitious Festival of the Arts yet received rave reviews from the people who thronged the downtown street faire, the performances by BANDALOOP, Family Sunday Funday, and the many individual exhibits, performances, and film screenings during the festival’s five-day run.

Total participation in this year’s festival was around 8,500, with U-Create!, the street faire highlighting student and faculty art projects, drawing a crowd of about 2,200.

“Our first-ever U-Create! arts festival with our partners on S Street exceeded our expectations,” says Dean Edward Inch of the College of Arts and Letters. “The arts are alive on our campus and in our region. This year, we brought all these elements together to celebrate the successes and opportunities we bring one another.”

The BANDALOOP vertical dance troupe gave three performances – leaping, dancing, and scaling along the north wall of the University Library during the Friday, April 10, reception and Family Sunday Funday while crowds below marveled at the dancers’ courage and artistry.

U-Create! was an exciting new feature this year – an evening street faire on Thursday, April 9, in downtown Sacramento on Seventh Street between S Street and Rice Alley. That portion of the street was closed for the evening while Sac State students and faculty presented performances and art projects there and in the neighboring shops of the Verge Center for the Arts, Axis Gallery, Beatnik Studios, and Insight Coffee Roasters.

The festival concluded April 12 with the popular Family Sunday Funday, a free day filled with activities and entertainment for the entire family, including BANDALOOP’s final performances, the Muddy Hands clay-making project, and an encore presentation of the children’s musical “The Cat That Walked by Himself.”

In between, there were performances of the spring musical “Avenue Q,” the many forms of contemporary dance in the “Dance Sampler,” a look at the art of the 1960s and ’70s during the annual Art History Symposium, and classical music courtesy of the University’s musical faculty, friends and alumni. – Craig Koscho