Annual festival spotlights the arts

ArtsFest '97, a celebration of student theatre, film, music, visual art and literary events, begins today and runs until Saturday, Feb. 8.

ArtsFest is an initiative of the creative and performing arts departments of the Faculty of Arts, who join forces each year to showcase the talents of their students.

Theatrical highlights include The Marriage Proposal by Anton Chekhov, On Tidy Endings by Harvey Fierstein and Treated with Tango by Valerie Methot.

In a musical vein, offerings include performances by virtuoso Indo-Canadian drummer Trichy Sankaran, the UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble directed by Martin Berinbaum and big band contemporary jazz featuring the Afro-Cuban rhythms of the UBC Jazz Ensemble directed by Fred Strike.

Also featured during ArtsFest are screenings of recent videos by UBC film students, staged readings of new plays written by creative writing students, readings by up-and-coming poets, site-specific arts works by fine arts students and the English Dept. book sale.

Most  ArtsFest events are free of charge, although some charge an admission fee. For details about performance times and ticket information, pick up a copy of the ArtsFest brochure available at various locations on campus.