ACC Presents Carnival ah! Arts & Humanities Festival, April 3-4

Experience the best of arts and humanities at Austin Community College’s 5th annual Carnival ah!, an outdoor celebration at ACC’s historic Rio Grande Campus in downtown Austin (1212 Rio Grande St.). This year’s event takes place April 3 and 4. Festivities are free and open to the public and will include live music, dance, drama, and performance art, as well as a student art sale, literary readings, philosophy and humanities discussions, open mic sessions, film screenings, food, and more.

Carnival ah! runs 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. Many performances and participants will examine the question, “How did you get here?” – the 2013 Carnival ah! theme.

“Carnival ah! will give participants a better appreciation of ourselves, our history, and how the arts and humanities express and define personal as well as community identity,” says Lyman Grant, dean of arts and humanities.

Highlights of this year’s Carnival ah! include:

  • Zell Miller III (April 3, 12:30-1 p.m.): Zell Miller III has won numerous awards for his work as an interdisciplinary theatre artist, poet, and youth counselor.
  • The Free Minds Project (April 3, 7-8 p.m.): Readings and performances on what it means to be an American.
  • Red Threads (April 3, 8-9 p.m., & April 4, 5-6 p.m.): A tent show featuring six artists, each generating performances, varying in discipline, on the theme of risk and vulnerability.
  • Les Misérables Straight Up! (April 4, 3:30-4 p.m.): The ACC French Club will sing songs from the popular musical.
  • International Night (April 4, 6:30-10 p.m.): The outdoor showcase features the music of different drum styles from around the world.

For the complete Carnival ah! schedule and more information, visit

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