The festival begins Thursday, Sept.13 with a special free preview of the new Ken Burns epic documentary on WWII at the Newberry Opera House. Friday evening there will be a banquet at Steven W’s with a performance by Charlie Dukes and a history of Newberry by Ernest Shealy. Tickets for the banquet are $30. Saturday events include a keynote address by Dr. Jim Wiseman on “the arts as an economic catalyst.” There will be a bus tour of historic homes and other places of interest that afternoon. The evening will feature a special performance at the Newberry Opera House. The festival wraps up Sunday morning with a brunch at the FirehouseConference Center.
Tickets for the Friday evening, Sept. 14 banquet may be purchased for $30 by sending a check in that amount to The Humanities CouncilSC, PO. Box 5287, Columbia, SC 29250 or you can register and pay online here. All other events are free and open to the public.
Each year the festival highlights a different South Carolina community, allowing local citizens and out of town visitors a chance to learn more the state in which we live. Previous festivals have focused on the Gullah heritage in Beaufort, the horse industry in Aiken, textiles in Greenwood, and agriculture in Winnsboro. Newberry is in this year’s spotlight, as an example of a community revitalized by the arts and creative thinking.
For more information about the 2007 South Carolina Humanities Festival, including the full schedule, please download the brochure.
General information about the South Carolina Humanities Festival can be found here.