Victoria Hines/Special to the Advance Up-and-coming filmmakers debut their films during “Cinergy” a student film festival Monday

Langley’s TWU invites public to its annual arts fest

The community is invited to see student art works.

Langley’s private, faith-based university isn’t all about arts, but arts are a huge component of Trinity Western’s curriculum and next week pays homage to creativity.

TWU is hosting its annual Festival of the Arts, kicking off next Wednesday with a jazz night.

“Each year, students of TWU’s School of Arts, Media + Culture (SAMC) presents their best and most exciting work in a handful of diverse performances and exhibitions,” spokesperson Colleen Little said.

“There’s something for everyone – music lovers, bookworms, theatre-goers, film buffs, and everyone in between,” Little added.

It starts with the jazz night April 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the instrumental hall of TWU’s music building.

Some of the top jazz musicians “pack out the loft of the music building, turn down the lights, and fill the room with infectious grooves and rhythms,” she said.

The next night, things turn to creative non-fiction. On April 14, guests can witness personal stories brought to life.

“Upper-level writing students read a series of new, thought-provoking short pieces to showcase the infinite variety of narrative non-fiction,” Little said, inviting lovers of literature to attend and take in the works from these young authors and storytellers.

It will be a session of readings, reflection, and refreshments, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the alumni hall at the Reimer Student Centre.

Ever wondered how long it takes to make a play? Well, students at TWU can do it in 24 hours, and will share those with the world on Saturday, April 16, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Freedom Hall of the Robert N. Thompson Building.

“These short and funny plays are written, cast, rehearsed and performed… all in one overnight, caffeine-fueled adventure,” Little said.

The school has added “Cinergy”, a film fest for film buffs.

“Be the first to see the latest shorts from up-and-coming filmmakers,” she added.

The student film festival is April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the campus’ Northwest Building Auditorium.

“The lineup includes drama, experimental, and screwball comedy, with something for every movie lover,” Little said.

The films are adjudicated by a panel of Vancouver film industry professionals and spectators will also be given a chance to vote for an audience-choice award.

The school has been hosting other arts events in recent days, including Twelfth Night, which runs until April 9, the arts exhibition Salt Water Skin Boats, in the president’s gallery until the end of April, and a number of musical encounters on and off campus.

More is at www.twu.ca/samc.

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