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Luminaria Arts Festival Illuminates San Antonio This Weekend

This weekend, the 10th annual Luminaria Arts Festival will light up San Antonio at Hemisfair Park.

The Luminaria Arts Festival is an after-dark event that combines all kinds of artistic expression from dance and music to performance, sculpture and more.

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The festival begins Friday, Nov. 10 at 6 PM and continues until midnight. There will also be daytime activities on Saturday, Nov. 11.

The event is free to the public but there are special events such as artist breakfasts and a VIP after party that require tickets.

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Luminaria welcomes artists from all over the world to exhibit their artwork in whatever form it takes. A panel of volunteers select the artists who apply. Some, however, like Julia Barbosa Landois of Houston are personally invited.

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Landois’s artwork this year reflects on her experience in Hurricane Harvey’s flooding. The art is a “2-D walking meditation, or labyrinth, in a 19th century carriage house,” Landois told Arts & Culture Texas. “The piece unexpectedly dovetailed with my experience in the hurricane.”

Landois’ work is made of discarded debris she found after Hurricane Harvey.

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In the past, the festival took place around the Alamo, but in recent years they moved it to Hemisfair Park. Hemisfair Park is the historical site of the 1968 World’s Fair, and also the location of San Antonio’s famous Tower of the Americas.

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