The annual Arts in Black Festival will be held this year from March 28-30. The weekend kicks off with a talent show March 28 at 7 p.m. at the Tift Theatre. Talent exhibitions will vary and participants from the county are encouraged to show off their talents during the festival. Tickets are $8 and will be available at the door. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m for the general public. Talent show winners will receive prizes and will perform at the festival that Saturday.
James Rodney "J Rain" Rainey will be the featured artist during intermission. Rainey, from Tifton, has opened up for EightBall & MJG, Jagged Edge, After Seven, R&B Group Intrigue and others while a member of the group, Too Deep. Now pursuing his solo career, Rainey is currently in artist development training with Domonique Mitchell and managed by CML Entertainment.
Opening ceremonies for the festival begin at 11 a.m on Saturday at Fulwood Park, with a focus on the past 28 years the festival has been in Tift County. The Guerilla Dance Project, one of the featured artists at this year’s festival, will be featured during the opening ceremonies. Their repertoire is the first of its kind, and some of their specialties include drama, dance, fitness, music, engineering, journalism, education, visual and textile Art. GDP provides workshops, choreography and classes for the community.
Performances will be held on the Syd Blackmarr stage, as well as the second stage located near the rocket. Local talent and the main attractions will entertain the crowds throughout the day. This year’s children's area will feature entertainment including clowns, dancing, music, balloons and face painting, as well as the barrel train ride.
Food and arts and crafts vendors will be available to complete the festival atmosphere to be found in Fulwood Park. Additionally, health care vendors will be stationed throughout the park.