Encinitas arts festival coming to San Dieguito Academy on Sunday, April 23

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The sixth annual Encinitas Arts Festival will be held this Sunday, April 23,

from noon to 4 p.m. at the San Dieguito Academy Performing Arts Center, located at 800 Santa Fe Drive in Encinitas.

This year’s theme is “Passport to the Arts.” There will be live dance, theatre and music performances on the outdoor amphitheater stage, art-making workshops, give-aways, a student art exhibit, an Artist Expo with artists selling their work and offering demonstrations, community group booths, and food trucks.

The festival is free of charge. Organizers suggest guests bring blankets or low back chairs for lawn seating.

No pets are allowed.

The lineup:

  • Sene Africa (dance, drums and music) – noon
  • Fern Street Circus – 12:40 p.m.
  • Ovation Theater (youth theatre) – 1:15 p.m.
  • Ballet Folklorico – 1:50 p.m.
  • Encinitas Ballet – 2:25 p.m.
  • Vocalocity Show Cir – 2:55 p.m.
  • The Parkdale Players (children’s theatre) – 3:20 p.m.
  • Kehulili O Kailani (Polynesian dance) – 3:45 p.m.

Since 2012, the city of Encinitas has presented the Encinitas Arts Festival in recognition of the critical role the arts play in schools and in the community. In 2014, the festival moved to the San Dieguito Academy Performing Arts Center through a partnership with the San Dieguito Academy Foundation.

“Encinitas is a city filled with art and artists. An arts festival is an important way to showcase student and professional talent and celebrate their artistic accomplishments,” said Jim Gilliam, the city of Encinitas’ arts administrator.

The focus of the festival is to highlight arts education in Encinitas public and private schools.

“Research shows that the arts are vital to student success. Arts education is linked to higher test scores across all subjects, as well as lower dropout rates. They foster creativity and imagination, hallmarks of careers in the 21st century. Beyond the classroom, the arts are shown to nurture collaboration and civic engagement in young people,” said Dr. Tim Baird, superintendent of the Encinitas Union School District.

A survey by the San Diego foundation A Portrait of San Diego Artists found that Encinitas has the second-highest concentration of artists in San Diego County.

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