About FestivalSouth



FestivalSouth® has reimagined how it serves the community and now the world with live stream broadcasts every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. starting June 4 and continuing through June 27. In addition, special “Movement Mondays” will be broadcast at noon each Monday in June encouraging audiences to get moving wherever they are. All of the streaming performances are free and available on FestivalSouth’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

“We are so thrilled to have the opportunity to share some of what we had planned for this year with our audiences,” said Dr. Mike Lopinto, co-artistic director of FestivalSouth. “Our artists have generously agreed to share their talents and we have lots of special guests dropping in to make for enjoyable escapes each evening.”

FestivalSouth had planned to announce the complete line up for this summer’s annual event in April. However, in the best interest of the public and its’ participants, all of the events planned for this year have been moved to 2021. 

It has been an unprecedented time around the world due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The spread of the virus continues to impact the arts and entertainment industry with cancellations and postponements of events and gatherings to name a few categories. 

In response to the pandemic and its crippling effect on the arts, The Hattiesburg Concert Association (HCA), parent organization of FestivalSouth and the Mesitersingers, launched a major fundraising initiative. The Covid-19 Cultural Arts Emergency Relief Fund will raise funds to continue the high-quality programming the community has come to know and love in the future.

“The HCA wants to be there for the community now and in the future” said Amanda Powell, chairwoman of the HCA. “A gift today supports that hope and helps us share relief that the arts uniquely provide during these challenging times.”

Donations may be made online at festivalsouth.org. Checks may be sent to the Hattiesburg Concert Association, P.O. Box 16028, Hattiesburg, MS 39404. For more information and assistance, please call 601.297.5172.

When we are finally able to offer live events, it will be truly a joyous occasion and we invite you to be a visible part of the celebration. Our community will need the spiritual and economic boost that a vibrant arts community can provide.

Until then, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we try to provide the best in cultural offerings for our community within a safe environment. 

For more information, visit festivalsouth.org and social media including Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.

This project is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part,
from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.