Luminaria 2012 details released

Luminaria 2012 promises to be bigger and better than ever. Organizers announced Nov. 14 during a press conference at the Majik Theatre that the fifth annual art festival will build upon the momentum of last year’s event that welcomed more than 310,000 attendees.

Luminaria 2012 will be held Saturday, March 10, 2012, from 6 p.m. to midnight. The event that showcases art and artists will be held at Hemisfair Park, using last year’s enlarged footprint.

San Antonio Mayor Juliàn Castro told those gathered for the press conference that the event is important to San Antonio because it showcases local artists to the community as well as regional, state and even international residents.

Castro lauded organizers of Luminaria 2011 and said he looked forward to a fantastic 2012 Luminaria. He asked locals to invite their associates near and far to participate in the event.

“Luminaria is very special because often times, when folks think of San Antonio they don’t necessarily think of a community that is such a respository for the arts, but our city truly is,” Castro said. “Wonderful talent across the artistic spectrum and this is the one night we have to showcase it all.”

Richard Rosen, executive director of the Majik Theatre, will serve as artistic director this year and associate directors are Mellissa Marlowe and Chris Sauter.

Rosen called Luminaria, “our city’s greatest art event.”

“Luminaria 2011 accomplished what we set out to do,” Rosen said. “It showed our community, our state, our entire country and even our friends from across the continent in Asia that San Antonio is a community that appreciates and celebrates the arts.”

Thanks to underwriting support from Rackspace Hosting, live streamed Luminaria 2011 from both ends of HemisFair Park. The full video from NOWCastSA's webcasts of Luminaria 2012 is available here.  Shorter videos from the finale, featuring the San Antonio Symphony, Ballet Austin and the Henry Brun + the Latin Playerz is on this YouTube play list.

Luminaria, a family-friendly art festival is free. Modeled after “White Nights” in Paris, it was started in 2008 by then-San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger.

Open Call for Artists, open to local, regional, national and international artists, began Nov. 7 with a deadline of Dec. 9.

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