10th annual Artosphere Festival set for June 10-29

Trail Mix Concert / Courtesy photo

Walton Arts Center is gearing up for the 10th annual Artosphere Festival this summer.

The art and nature festival, featuring live music, visual art, performances, and more, will take place June 10-29 with a host of events scheduled all over northwest Arkansas.

This year’s event, which happens to coincide with the 50th anniversary of man walking on the moon, will be themed around space.

“Since the dawn of time, space has been a source of wonder, innovation and artistic inspiration for all the world’s people,” said Scott Galbraith, vice president of programming and executive producer at Walton Arts Center. “Man’s exploration of space has given us the technology to look back on ourselves and observe both the Earth’s changing ecosystem and our shared humanity.”

As always, the event will be highlighted by performances by the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, once again under the baton of Maestro Corrado Rovaris. The orchestra is planning three major concert performances this year; Mozart in the Museum, Romantic Masterworks of Mendelssohn & Brahms and Artosphere Festival Orchestra Celebrates: The Moon.

In addition, the orchestra will be performing their “off the grid” performances as well, with pop-up concerts to be held at various pubs and restaurants around downtown Fayetteville.

The festival will also continue its popular Chapel Music Series in churches, chapels, and architectural venues around the region, as well is its Trail Mix series of concerts along the Frisco trail in downtown Fayetteville.

There will be film screenings, including Disney’s Wall-E in the Walker Atrium, an IMAX screening of A Beutiful Planet at Malco Razorback Theater, and free screenings of Apollo 13, E.T., 2001: A Space Odyssey and Close Encounters of the Third Kind will be held in Starr Theater.

Additional performances include Bella Gaia, an “immersive multimedia performance that combines NASA images, data visualizations, world music and dance on stage;” staged readings of The Moon Project, a new work by One Year Lease Theater Company; a performance by Trout Fishing in America at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks; and other events.

A full list of performances and events associated with the festival is available at artospherefestival.org. You can also find links there to download the festival app via the Apple Store or Google Play.

Tickets to the various individual events associated with the festival are on sale now at the Walton Arts Center. To purchase, visit the box office in person, call 479-443-5600, or visit waltonartscenter.org.