An Appalachian Summer Festival collage featuring dance, theatre, music, film, visual arts
An Appalachian Summer Festival Online From Our Home to Yours

July 1-31, 2020

A month of FREE events just for you! Join us back here on June 30 for a special message to open this season’s online festival.
Please note that all posted event times are EST.

By mid-April, as the coronavirus was spreading and every day brought with it a new uncertainty, it became apparent that, for the safety of our artists, patrons, community and staff, we as festival organizers had no choice but to cancel the upcoming 36th season of An Appalachian Summer Festival … at least in its traditional live format. Don’t we in the industry live by the adage, the show must go on? What if the show could go online? If we couldn’t bring our audiences to the arts, we could surely bring the arts to our audiences. Going dark for the season wasn’t an option.

We know how healing the arts can be in times of crisis and we wanted to continue to keep alive the values embodied by the festival — artistic excellence, access to the arts for all, audience engagement, and community building through the arts — and to stay connected and creative during these unprecedented times. So in a matter of weeks, the Office of Arts and Cultural Programs and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts focused on transitioning to a virtual platform for summer 2020. It was challenging, terrifying, exhilarating and, ultimately, rewarding.

The online series features a diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, film, and visual arts programming. And all of it is free. Our team enlisted the help of a large group of artists, including several who were scheduled to perform this summer, as well as others from our local community and around the state, to create a virtual series that embraces the disciplines of music, dance, theatre, film, and visual arts. Content will be delivered in a variety of ways: pre-recorded selections with special messages to App Summer audiences, live streams of concerts and plays, artist Q&As, virtual tours, artist exhibitions, film screenings, and more via our website ( and this year’s satellite site,, YouTube Live, Facebook and other social media platforms.

This year’s unusually delivered and carefully curated content provides audiences with something that’s memorable, that’s raw, that feels spontaneous and exciting and, most importantly, that’s shared with a community passionate about the arts during the best of times, and the most challenging of times. So sit back — literally, on your couch, at your kitchen table, on your porches or decks — and enjoy the show(s)!

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Broyhill Chamber Series Sneak Peek

Tune in to special preview performances by some of the country’s most celebrated chamber ensembles and enjoy a sample of each group’s planned appearance as part of the festival’s 2021 season.


Behind the Scenes

Enjoy an inside glimpse into how all things performing and visual arts come together during a time when staff, artists and audiences are forced to be apart.



Weicholz Global Film Series

Don’t miss four award-winning and critically acclaimed foreign and independent films selected by Dr. John Pfeifer with accompanying lectures. Registration is required, as “seating” is limited.


Exhibition Showcase Series

Take a journey through the galleries of the Turchin Center via curator-narrated videos and artist interviews that tell stories and provide insight into the compelling and diverse artwork featured in the summer exhibitions.


Live from Rosen Concert Hall

Join us as we feature faculty and staff of Appalachian State’s own Hayes School of Music, Appalachian Studies, and other areas across our campus and community in a series of live performances and interviews spanning a variety of musical genres.


Center Stage

From orchestral, jazz, and bluegrass offerings to regional and national theatre, the stage is set for a series of live streams, artist Q&As, and a celebration of the Bard.


In the Spotlight

Indulge in an inspired artistic journey through the worlds of internationally renowned dance, a Tony-winning playwright and award-winning sculptures, culminating with a special season announcement.

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Broyhill Chamber Series Sneak Peek


Behind the Scenes


Weicholz Global Film Series


Exhibition Showcase Series


Live from Rosen Concert Hall


Center Stage


In the Spotlight

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