Luminaria in San Antonio — Photo courtesy of Kimberly Suta
If you're in San Antonio, Texas, in early November, then make Luminaria a priority!
This stunning and surprisingly free annual event will take place downtown; it's an amazing interactive festival of art, light, life, culture, film and everything in between, which showcases the rich and vibrant talent this city has to offer. The whole city turns out for this incredible event!
Since its inception in 2008, a whopping one million people have attended this event to see over 3,000 artists; 1,200 visual art installations; and 900 performances, readings and other exhibits that have been showcased.
This year's Luminaria is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 7, to Saturday, Nov. 8.
Luminaria 2014's participating artists represent the huge diversity of the Latin world in both hemispheres, from South Texas, Mexico City and Puerto Rico to Chile, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Spain and Brazil. The diversity unites San Antonio with a wider, inter-connected world of tradition and creativity.
Lamp exhibit at Luminaria — Photo courtesy of Kimberly Suta
This year will showcase national and international artists, as well as locals:
Cruz Ortiz: Ortiz lives and works in San Antonio. He uses print, performance and film to address issues related to growing up in the bi-cultural landscape of South Texas.
Buttercup: A critically-acclaimed indie folk band makes fighting through the crowd worth it!
Girl in a Coma: This is one of the hottest girl bands to emerge from San Antonio.
Vincent Valdez: Valdez is a San Antonio-born prodigy who demonstrated a talent for drawing at an early age.
Changes This Year
This is the first year that the festival has been expanded to two nights of art, music and performance. The event has also added its first ever daytime events, a provocative afternoon of discussion chaired by the Western Arts Alliance.
Luminaria 2014 has also shifted into November, a festive month in San Antonio that boasts cooler weather, the month-long traditional celebrations of Dia de los Muertos and the kickoff to a busy downtown holiday season.
Luminaria’s smaller footprint returns the event to its human-scale roots, to occupy a section of downtown and create a magical, creative zone where artists and audiences collaborate to share new ideas and make new memories.
Three physical zones of art installation welcome visitors this year – the street level, the building facades and below on the Riverwalk – promising intriguing surprises around every corner and an immersive viewer experience.
Go to LuminariaSA.org to see the event schedule and for more information.
Shine on, San Antonio!