Monday, April 17, 2023

We are so excited to be participating in the 2023 North Charleston Arts Fest by sharing fun and innovative programs at our participating North Charleston branches! The annual five-day celebration of arts and culture highlights regional and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Literature. Keep scrolling for this year's programs that will be offered at our participating branches.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2023:  Interactive Children’s Theatre Presentation – Diggery’s Dinosaur Adventure

10:30-11:30 AM at Otranto Road Regional Library 

Join The Story Ship for this science-based immersive adventure featuring large interactive animated characters, dinosaur bones, a giant dinosaur egg, and beautiful puppets. Paleontologist Diggery discovers a “top secret” box the museum accidentally packed. Curious, he opens the box and unleashes the DinoSauroScope 3000, or DINA, transporting the audience back to the time of dinosaurs. All is well until he uses DINA on a large dinosaur egg. The egg hatches and an amazing thing happens – the dinosaurs in museums around the world start to come alive! The only way to stop this dinosaur regeneration is to return the baby dinosaur back to its mother. Come along to help Diggery save humanity! Suitable for ages pre-k – 4th grade.


Thursday, May 4, 2023: Cello Concert

6:00-7:00 PM at Otranto Road Regional Library 

Austin Fitzhenry began studying cello at age six with former Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) principal cellist James Holland. After playing in his first wedding at only 11 years old, he went on to earn a full scholarship for summer study at the Brevard Music Center, perform as a soloist with the CSO, and serve as principal cellist of the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra. He is now director of the Coastal Chamber Musicians and continues to perform at weddings, special events, and more throughout the Lowcountry. Audiences of every age and interest will enjoy his expansive repertoire of music for this evening concert, which spans nearly every genre, including pop, r&b, jazz, movie themes, local Charleston classics, Big Band era, classical, and bluegrass/folk.


Thursday, May 4, 2023: Bossa Nova Concert

6:00 -7:00 PM at Keith Summey North Charleston Library

Virtuoso guitar player Nicholai Svishev is one of Charleston’s most accomplished musicians. His active international career has taken him throughout Europe and the US, performing in concert halls, historic buildings, weddings, festivals, corporate events, and more with his 6, 8, and 10 string guitars. Nikolai will be one of the first musicians to present a concert at this newly opened library, offering up a medley of gypsy jazz, Brazilian samba, bossa nova, and new flamenco tunes.


Saturday, May 6, 2023: Children’s Theatre Presentation – The Little Mermaid

10:30 - 11:30 AM at Dorchester Road Regional Library

Bright Star Touring Theatre has adapted Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairy tale into a two-person play that audiences of all ages can enjoy! Follow the comic duo Lenny and Mabel under the sea to experience the adventures of a mermaid who wishes to become human and win the heart of a human prince. This surprising tale of love and loss explores the difficulty of being yourself in unfamiliar waters and is quite a bit different from the popular movie versions. See how at this special library presentation!


Saturday, May 6, 2023: Genealogy Workshop - My Best Genealogy Tips: Finding Formerly Enslaved Ancestors

2:00 - 3:00 PM at Dorchester Road Regional Library

Have you ever wondered about the enslaved people in your ancestry? Robin Foster of Genealogy Just Ask, LLC will discuss the process, challenges, and emotional journey of exploring your ancestry in this one-hour workshop. Robin is the author of three books on ancestry research and manages several online groups dedicated to genealogy. She will discuss resources, how to avoid common research pitfalls, how to organize your findings, and more.


Saturday, May 6, 2023: Interdisciplinary Presentation -The Story of Maleda: Guardians of Masks and Memory

3:00 - 4:00 PM at Keith Summey North Charleston Library

Author, artist, and producer Jessica Mack of Ebony Xscape Productions combines in this unique program centered around her Afrofuturistic young adult book series Guardians of Mask and Memory. For the performance portion of the program, Mack tells the story of the series protagonist, Maleda, through modern dance and projected 2-D animation. Following the performance, she will offer a brief lecture discussing her process for creating this project, as well as strategies on how aspiring artists can find and tell their stories.


About The Festival:

The North Charleston Arts Fest is proudly produced by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department. The annual five-day celebration of arts and culture highlights regional and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Literature. For more than 39 years, the festival has made quality arts programming accessible to the widest spectrum of the public, attracting residents and visitors to experience an array of free performances, workshops, exhibitions, and activities in a variety of venues, including libraries, community centers, schools, businesses, and parks. The event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state of South Carolina with a schedule that offers something for everyone, including concerts, theatre presentations, children’s programs, workshops and demonstrations, exhibitions, public art installations, and much more. In 2018, the Arts Fest was selected as a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society (an honor also received in 2008).