The Holly Springs Cultural Center is launching a new series, bringing in experts in various art forms to perform and lead discussions about their art. Through the Discovery Series, North Carolina artists take the stage each month to spark interest about a niche within the art world. From music and filmmaking, to visual art and history, to dance and more, prepare to discover new forms of art and gain a deeper understanding of art forms you already enjoy.
"I'm excited for the Discovery Series because it's a place where we can have discussions and learn more about subjects and topics that don’t come up in everyday life," said Kathleen Hebert, Cultural Center program coordinator. "It's a way for us to explore our community and learn about each other without having to attend a formal class."
Each show begins at 7:30 p.m., and $5 tickets can be purchased at the Cultural Center or online. The series runs through early spring.
A History of Irish Music with Nine Times Around
While Nine Times Around often can be found performing in local Irish pubs, the band is taking the Cultural Center stage to discuss the history of Irish music through the last 50 years.
"They've got a great sound and are very energetic," Hebert said.
From old ballads with a lilting flow to the dance-friendly music you hear at local bars now, Irish music will be discussed and performed.
A Christmas Brass Quintet
The five local musicians of Oak City Brass explore music that highlights each of their instruments –including the French horn and euphonium – and perform classical Christmas music.
"You don’t really see brass quintets often anymore," Hebert said. "It's just not very common, but they're extremely versatile."
"Wire Boy" – A Tale of Why Art Matters
A native of Zimbabwe, Jonathan Daniel grew up in poverty, bullied and teased as his peers called him "wire boy" because he frequently made art out of materials he found, including discarded wires.
"He used his creativity and ability to make art out of anything as a way to overcome his circumstances," Hebert said.
In this performance that doubles as the opening event of the fourth annual Community Arts Festival, Daniel will discuss how creativity has no limits.
"No matter what your circumstances are, no matter who you are, you can create art in any situation," Hebert said.
Holly Springs Professional Showcase – A Night of Dance, Music, Drama and More!
Dancing, drama, music and more – this is a night you won’t want to miss.
"All the Cultural Center instructors who you normally see at the front of a classroom –we're putting them on stage so you can enjoy their talent and understand why they have such a passion for what they do," Hebert said. "They are all masters in their own art forms."
This is the night to see the instructors perform.
Place Match: The City Doctor’s Guide to Finding Where You Belong
How do we really find the place where we belong? Dr. Katherine Loflin, an award-winning and world renowned expert on quality of life places, two-time TEDx talker, and native North Carolinian shares her research, place stories from her work around the world and personal journey as she releases her new book. The evening includes a discussion, reading from the book, Q&A, and book signing.