The Best of the Pine Belt Awards show kicks off a summer of excitement on June 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Saenger Theatre. Each year, the competition has grown and this night of fun reveals the area’s top choices after months of online voting. It also is the official release of the June edition of Signature Magazine, highlighting the winners and the official program for Hattiesburg’s premiere cultural arts event, FestivalSouth®.
FestivalSouth® events return to Hattiesburg venues, June 9 – 23, 2018, with a fun-filled line-up of events, performances, and presentations. Now in its ninth season, The Hattiesburg Concert Association presents Mississippi’s only multi-week, multi-genre festival, offering both free and ticketed events that showcase the area’s rich creative economy. There is something for everyone!
On opening night, June 9, country music legend Mac McAnally returns to join the FestivalOrchestra for a live performance of their award-winning CD, “Southbound.” The Saenger will reverberate in an evening full of great music.
Families will enjoy the tale of 1001 Arabian Nights and “Scheherazade” as the FestivalSouth Orchestral Academy takes to the stage to perform. There will be a carnival of surprises in store before and during the concert that will begin at a family-friendly time, 6 PM, on June 16. Artie Events for all ages also fill the exciting summer schedule.
Cinema takes center stage at the FestivalSouth Film Expo that expands to encompass the entire second week of the festival, June 17 – 23. In addition to enjoying great independent films from around the globe competing for this year’s top prize, movie-goers will enjoy special screenings and presentations by Mississippi writers and their Hollywood film adaptations.
The FestivalFinale celebrates the film theme with “The Reel Big Movie Concert” that will showcase the great movie music of the silver screen in an evening full of surprises. This family-friendly event has also been moved to 6 p.m. at the Saenger Theatre so everyone can enjoy an early night on the town!
Events for the whole family including music, art, theatre, dance, food, and more are just around the corner at FestivalSouth 2018, June 9 – 23. Seep visiting this website as updates are continual now through the festival.