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Mayor announces Luminaria arts celebration

(Jan. 28, 2008)--Mayor Phil Hardberger and Marise McDermott of the Witte Museum and chair of the Luminaria Committee today announced San Antonio's inaugural Luminaria: Arts Night in San Antonio, a March 15 celebration of San Antonio's creative spirit featuring the unprecedented collaboration of local artists and nonprofit organizations.

The press conference announcing the event included the first glimpse of the all-day celebration of the arts that will be the first in Texas. The ceremony featured San Antonio pianist Fernando Herrera performing an original composition, African drummers, Southwest Ballet Conservatory dancers and Magic Theatre performers.

With innovative citywide programming, Luminaria is modeled after international celebrations such as Nuit Blanche in Paris, Noche Blanca in Madrid, and Looptopia in Chicago. Audiences will experience visual, multimedia, theater, dance, music and other art forms in the free, world-class celebration of the best of San Antonio.

The central celebration will be downtown from 6 p.m. to midnight March 15 with a firework finale at Alamo Plaza. Events will extend to the mid-point of Houston Street with performance stages, storefront exhibitions, art lighting and alley galleries. Additionally, museums, galleries and studios across the city will keep their doors open late as part of the celebration.

Downtown events will include theater, dance and small music group performances at the Magik Theatre in HemisFair Park. Musicians and poets also will perform at the HemisFair Park gazebo.

Lumaria sponsors are Bank of America, City of San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs, AT&T, Coca-Cola, NuStar, theFUND and Reata Real Estate Services.

For more information, visit the Luminaria Web site or contact Libby Tilley at (210) 862-3478.

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