ARTS & CULTURE
Find Vocal Acrobatics and Cultural Experiences at Walton Arts Center Spring Festivals
By Jennifer Wilson
Photos courtesy of Walton Arts Center
With two unique festivals scheduled, Walton Arts Center is the place to be this spring. The center is bringing back a perennial favorite festival — focusing on tight harmonies, vocal acrobatics and fun performances — as well as a second festival that explores one of the many cultural tiles that come together to make Northwest Arkansas unique and diverse.
Walton Arts Center’s inaugural Mosaix Festival will highlight performers and performing arts from the rich culture of India, giving everyone the chance to learn more about our neighbors in the Northwest Arkansas Desi community.
During this week, guests can experience an evening of films by independent Indian filmmakers; classical Indian dance by Punyah Dance Company, making its U.S. premiere; Bollywood, in all its color and energy, brought to life on stage as a musical; a comedy act by Raj Suresh; and a unique jazz performance that fuses modern post-bop sound with Indian classical music.
The festival ends with fuseNWA, a daylong showcase of local arts, artists and food from India topped off by A Conversation with Hasan Minhaj, a moderated conversation with the host and creator of the Netflix weekly comedy show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.
Call (479) 443-5600 or visit waltonartscenter.org to purchase festival tickets. Purchasing tickets to three or more shows qualifies for a Create Your Own Subscription with extra savings and benefits.
Socks in the Frying Pan– March 5
Trisha Yearwood– March 6
Opera Fayetteville’s Glory Denied– March 6-7
Trike Theatre’s Sideways Stories from Wayside School– March 7, 14 & 21 | 8 shows
Anastasia– March 10-15 | 8 shows
Bharatanatyam Dance Workshop– March 16
The Art Blakey Centennial Celebration– March 20
Arlo Guthrie– March 20
Bonnie Bishop– March 21
Learn Classical Indian Dance
In addition to seeing world-class performances during Mosaix Festival, there is also an opportunity to learn Bharatanatyam, a form of Indian classical dance, from the award-winning Punyah Dance Company.
Punyah Dance Company, under the artistic leadership of one of the most sought-after classical Indian dancers, Parshwanath Upadhye,is coming to Northwest Arkansas March 17-20 to lead a pre-festival dance workshop for intermediate and advanced students of Bharatanatyam. The dance workshop is co-hosted by Ra-Ve Cultural Foundation.
Registration is $425 per person and space is limited. Visit waltonartscenter.org/special-events/mosaix/for details.
Mosaix Festival is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit www.arts.govto find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities.