Updated 9:36 a.m., Mon September 24, 2018
PHOTO BY: Staci Vandagriff

The Conway Eco + Arts Fest 2018 will feature several activities Oct. 1-6, all focused on water. Among organizers of the event are, from left, Gayle Seymour and Jennifer Deering, co-chairwomen of Conway Arts Fest, and Audra Russell, event planner for Conway EcoFest. One of the signature events of the festival will be an underwater concert and dance performance at the University of Central Arkansas’ HPER Center’s swimming pool, shown here.

H2O fest

Underwater concert, dance to highlight festival

Carol Rolf/Contributing Writer

Water will be the focus of a weeklong festival in October coordinated by the Conway Alliance for the Arts, the University of Central Arkansas and Conway EcoFest. Conway Eco + Arts Fest 2018 combines Conway ArtsFest, which has been the signature event of CAFTA for several years, and Conway EcoFest, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The event will include a series of activities aimed at raising awareness about the impor... READ MORE


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