It's all about the arts with LOOK3 - Festival of the Photograph,
the Heritage Theater Festival and Ash Lawn Opera Festival


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (May 29, 2013) - The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) invites visitors and locals alike to take part in amazing festivals this summer.

Presenting gallery shows, outdoor exhibits, nightly projections, and on-stage interviews along the historic Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, LOOK3 - Festival of the Photograph celebrates the art of photography in all its forms.  An important component of this festival is Education Week, which offers professional and creative courses, portfolio reviews, and editing sessions from June 11 to the 15.  Gallery exhibitions are free and open to the public from June 7 - 29, unless otherwise noted.  Visitors can already admire gorgeous poster-size photographs hanging from the trees on the historic Downtown Mall. The banners feature images of the colorful and spectacularly ornamented Birds of Paradise created by National Geographic photographer and 2013 TREES Artist Tim Laman.  Photography enthusiasts can attend "Birds of Paradise: An Evening with Tim Laman" at the Paramount Theater on June 12, to hear the stories behind this artist's incredible images.  More details can be found at

Theater lovers are in for a treat, as the 39th edition of the Heritage Theater Festival (HTF) kicks off a five-show season on June 27.  Filled with classic audience favorites and fascinating contemporary works - and featuring two shows in the new $14 million, 300-seat Ruth Caplin Theatre, the HTF will present the all-time classic Irving Berlin musical Annie Get Your Gun, John Logan's 2010 Tony Award-winning play Red, a nostalgic mini-musical that has charmed audiences across America The Marvelous Wonderettes, and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next To Normal.  Heritage audiences will also have a chance to renew a longtime love affair with the wackiest little Texas town there never was with Tuna Does Vegas.  A performance schedule and tickets are available at

Another staple event will return for its 36th season; the Ash Lawn Opera Festival will be presented at The Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville. On July 12th, the Festival will open with four performances of Puccini's La Bohème, sung in Italian with English surtitles, and accompanied by a full orchestra of symphonic musicians drawn from across the country.  The season continues on August 3, with five performances of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic hit, Carousel, named the Best Musical in 1945 by the New York Drama Critic's Circle and recently affirmed the Best Musical of the Twentieth Century by TIME.  The ‘two-hankie season' features major artists, including five who have worked at The Metropolitan Opera.  More information can be found at and tickets can be purchased at

For travel information, packages and hotel room reservations, please visit the official destination website for Charlottesville and Albemarle County

In addition to serving as the global resource for marketing the tourism assets of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, through, the CVB assists tour operators, meeting planners, reunions and other groups in planning visits to the destination.  CACVB's mission is "to enhance the economic prosperity of City and County by promoting, selling and marketing the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle, as a destination, in pursuit of the meetings and tourism markets."  CACVB operates the Downtown Visitor Center (610 E Main St) which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a satellite Visitor Center in the Albemarle County Office Building (401 McIntire Rd) which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as a touch-screen kiosk at Monticello's Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center.



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