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50-plus bands set for Fandana Festival

More than 50 bands will take the stage on Aug. 10-11 at Huntington University’s second annual Fandana Festival.

This two-day music, art and film festival will feature Chris Tomlin, Sidewalk Prophets, Superchick, Sevenglory, Manic Drive, Hyland, HU’s own Attaboy and Da Messenger on Friday, and Over The Rhine, Family Force 5, Blessed By A Broken Heart, Write This Down, Rocky Loves Emily, Jetty Rae, Red Umbrella, The Lost Colors and Lee Roessler on Saturday and many more. All schedules are subject to change.

“We want to create an event that families and youth groups would want to attend as a great retreat and a final event of the summer before school begins,” said Jeff Berggren, senior vice president for enrollment management and marketing at HU. New this year is the Fandana Film Festival featuring multiple feature-length films, including the 2012 Academy Award nominated animation “A Cat in Paris” and the comedy film “Not That Funny.”

“A Cat in Paris” tells the story of Dino, a cat who leads a double life. By day, he lives with Zoe, a little girl whose mother, Jeanne, is a police officer and, by night, he works with Nico, a burglar with a big heart. But, it’s when this feline’s worlds collide that trouble and adventure ensue. “Not That Funny” stars Tony Hale (Arrested Development) as Stefan, a rather serious man who must learn the art of humor if he ever hopes to catch the heart of the one he loves.

Both of these films will screen multiple times during the festival weekend along with other festival submissions in the categories of narrative, documentary, animation and a special category for high school students. The film festival will also feature Q&A’s and film lectures.

“Having the Film Festival will bring a more complete ‘arts festival’ experience to Fandana attendees, giving them an opportunity to not only hear great music but now see amazing visual storytelling through narrative, documentary and animated films,” said Nathan Hartman, coordinator of the Fandana Film Festival. “The whole festival will now be a celebration of the senses.”

Rounding out the festival this year is the Partner and Play Program, which features an artist talent competition. The bands compete for a Sweetwater Sound prize package, including a chance to play at the next year’s festival. A 5K Fun Run and kid-friendly activities, including inflatables and hot air balloon rides, will provide fun for the whole family.

Full event passes are available for $48 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-10. Children 5 and younger are free. Tickets are on sale now at fandanafestival.com. Discounts are available.

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