The Los Angeles Unified School District will host a series of free arts festivals in April and May that will give young people across the district an opportunity to display their talents.
A Choral Music Festival kicked off the series April 11 at North Hollywood High. An instrumental Music Festival follows April 18 from 4-6 p.m. at Esteban Torres-East L.A. Performing Arts Magnet school in the auditorium. The school is located at 4211 Dozier St.
A Dance Festival takes the stage April 25 from 4-6 p.m. at Van Nuys High School in the auditorium. Van Nuys is located at 6535 Cedros Ave.
A visual arts exhibition will be on view from May 1-22 from 1-5:30 p.m. in the atrium at the Los Angeles Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St.
On May 21, the Theatre Festival will feature adaptations of scenes from numerous plays from 6-8vp.m. at Robert F. Kennedy-Los Angeles High School of the Arts in the Cocoanut Grove Theatre, 701 Catalina St., Los Angeles. High school seniors will direct younger student actors.
The final event is a film festival on May 27 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciencers, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills.
Youth from the following local schools will participate in the various festivals: the USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering (32nd Street); elementary schools including Hancock Park, Hobart Avenue, Loyola Village, Manchester Ave., Mid City, Normandie Avenue, Weems; middle schools including Berendo, Gompers, King, Palms, Southeast, and Wilmington; as well as the following high schools—Banning, Cortines Visual and Performing Arts, Crenshaw, Hamilton, Augustus Hawkins, L.A. Teacher Prep, Maya Angelou, Washington Prep and West Adams Prep.
Student film crews will record each festival and the programs will be air in a number places including the district’s website, www.lausd.net.
Admission to each festival is free and open to the public.