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Seward Music & Arts Festival

Mark your calendar for Sept. 26-28. In just 15 days, the 11th Annual Seward Music and Arts Festival will kick-off with a diverse lineup of musical and dance performances including special guests, Wasteland Hop from Denver.

This year's theme, "fantasy," is intended to spark imaginations. Costumes encouraged but not required. On the schedule are more 20 live performances, locally made arts, crafts and food and activities for all-ages. The festival will be held at the Dale R. Lindsey Alaska Railroad Intermodal Facility, a heated indoor venue.

Having originated in the fall of 2004, the Seward Music and Arts Festival has evolved and expanded in its 11 years. Held the last weekend of each September, the festival is an anticipated celebration for both locals and visitors to conclude the busy summer season.

"It's like planning a big party for Seward after all the summer mayhem has subsided... and all your friends are invited," says Gail Burnard, the general director of the festival. "This being our 11th anniversary... it's gonna be fantasy-tastic!"

The Seward Music and Arts Festival continues its commitment to youth involvement, education and creative inspiration. The Seward Arts Council promotes a family-oriented festival with children's activities and artists' projects throughout the weekend, including the creation of a mural-in-a-day by members of the Seward Mural Society and a community art show.

The festival promotes Alaskan-made arts and crafts by welcoming nearly 30 vendors to operate at the festival, as well as allowing attendees the opportunity to place bids on many different goods and services donated by local businesses in a silent auction. Attendees also have access to a diverse food court, with a beer garden available for the 21+ crowd.

Featuring more than 20 performances, visitors will hear music from all genres, dance acts and even a circus act. We strive to maintain a diverse lineup that includes all genres of music, as well as various forms of dance, circus acts, and break dancing.

Kicking off the festival at 6 p.m. on Sept. 26 is a circus act, The Cremation of Sam McGee, followed by followed by Hannah Yoter and Emma Hill. Other groups performing at the festival include Tamba Hadzi, an African music group from Homer, the Illaskan Assassins, a b-boy dance group and The John Cook trio known for finger picking guitar style music.

The Seward Kids Dancers are going to entertain the crowd along with entertainers like Ms. LuLu Small, Alaska's "first lady of entertainment." You can also find belly dancing by Gypsy Horizon traveling to the festival from Anchorage. Love country music? Green Tara and Her Handsome Gents will be on hand with some honky tonk tunes. Blackwater Railroad Company and Big Fat Buddha round out the musical lineup.

The festival still needs volunteers for a variety of tasks. Depending on time commitment, there are incentives like free admission and T-shirts or other festival goodies. If you are interested in volunteering, call Jessica Bishop at 907-362-2366 or email You can find tons of great information on the festival's website at


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