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Outside The Box festival to bring internationally known musicians, virtual reality experiences to SIU

By Staff Report, Arts & Entertainment Desk

SIU will be hosting the 13th annual Outside The Box multimedia festival March 22-30.

The festival is free and features an assortment of concerts, seminars and virtual reality experiences, according to a university press release.

Each night of the festival will feature a concert by a different artist or ensemble, varying from SIU faculty and students to internationally recognized composers.

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“The whole idea of ‘Outside the Box’ is to bring the kind of artists here that the community and the campus wouldn’t normally see in an area like ours,” Christopher Walczak, festival director and associate professor of music theory and composition, said in the release.

Some of the featured artists will also be holding workshops and seminars during the festival, according to the release.

“One of the things we consider when we invite an artist is to consider whether or not they will engage with the community, students and faculty,” Walczak said.

Seminars and workshops are also free and open to the public and will feature Q&A sessions after the talk.

The festival will also feature an exhibit by digital virtual reality by the Digital Museum of Digital Art (DiMoDA).

The virtual reality exhibit is called “Fool’s Paradise” and features music, poetry and art, according to the release.

“This is a virtual reality world that people explore with three-dimensional Oculus headsets,” Walczak said. “DiMoDA commissioned a number of visual artists and composers to create a virtual world full of art based on the works of William Blake.”

The first presentation of the exhibit begins at 3:30 on March 27, and the exhibit is open to the public during the Carbondale Community Arts’ business hours through March 30.

For more information on the festival and a complete schedule of events, visit the Outside The Box website.

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