The Woodstock Music & Art Fair-- “Three Days of Peace and Music”, took place on a simple dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains of New York State in August of 1969. Surprising all of its promoters, over half a million people came to “groove” to music from soon to be rock legends like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane and Crosby, Still and Nash to name a few, as well as to experience the coming of age of a generation. The unexpected enormity of the festival and the horrid weather that turned the now storied venue into rivers of mud, earned Woodstock its unparalleled place in rock history as one of the greatest cultural gatherings of all time. Fifty years later, we continue to celebrate that revolutionary event and seek to recapture that same ‘lighting in a bottle’ that Woodstock was. The 2019 Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival will honor the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock with 3 weeks of theatre, dance, music and visual art, rekindling that “Age of Aquarius” vibe in our own community. We invite you to put some flowers in your hair, dust off your bell bottoms and join us for some or all of our very own “Aquarian Exposition”!
Spotlight on the Arts is sponsored by the City of Fairfax in cooperation with George Mason University and the business and arts community of Fairfax. “Spotlight” is considered one of Virginia’s foremost arts festivals. Over its 34 year history it has continued to be committed to supporting and encouraging awareness of cultural opportunities in the greater Fairfax community. We, at Spotlight, are constantly inspired by the ways that art brings people together, creates a community and shines a light on issues that matter to all of us. We especially value our role in raising funds for scholarships that enable local arts students to attend George Mason University and realize their dreams in the Arts.
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