Boca de Oro's Online Festival Embraces Santa Ana's Artistry

The annual Boca de Oro Festival of Literary, Visual & Performing Arts is typically held in Downtown Santa Ana as a free event bringing together local and regional artists, poets and authors. With large in-person events discouraged this year because of COVID-19, the festival will continue its celebration online and through other avenues.

The Boca de Oro Festival will hold online sessions March 5 from 6-9 p.m., and March 6 and 7 from 2-6 p.m. For those interested in attending, registration is required and can be found on its website.

"We work very hard to foster as much local artists' participation to make Santa Ana a literary hub. And we speak about literacies, like their artistic literacies," said Robyn MacNair, co-founder of the Boca de Oro Festival.

Each year, the festival has a theme, and so far, each theme has related to ancient Greek culture. This year's theme is "Historic Memory, Vision and Dreams" and is dedicated to Mnemosyne, the goddess of memory in Greek mythology. Mnemosyne is the mother of the nine muses, who represent epic poetry, history, love poetry, music, tragedy, sacred poetry, dance and comedy. Last year's Boca de Oro Festival was dedicated to the nine muses.

Pacific Symphony Launches Series of Pandemic Concerts Online

Review: Orchestra musicians have been sharing their work throughout the pandemic, but the full orchestra has been muted for almost a year. The Pacific Symphony debuts the first in a series of mini, online concerts and it's good to hear them play together again, even if we still have to do it online.

Orange County is currently in Tier 1 of the California Re-Opening Plan, which sets significant limitations on many activities as well as those businesses which are permitted to partially re-open. Arts Orange County will continue to spotlight a mix of virtual and streaming arts and culture offerings along with in-person events that conform to the most current safety guidelines. We encourage everyone to keep their lives enriched by the arts, but safely! Save lives by wearing masks and respecting social distancing protocols. 


Boca De Oro Virtual Festival

Santa Ana's one-of-a-kind annual festival blending the literary, visual, and performing arts will feature over 150 presenters this year in an exclusive virtual format  DETAILS »


COVID Memorial at OCMA

This week saw the debut for community viewing of the Rose River Memorial at the Orange County Museum of Art, with handmade fabric roses symbolizing Orange County's losses to COVID-19  DETAILS »


Symphony Thursdays

Pacific Symphony will now be releasing exclusive weekly musical content recorded inside the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall by the Symphony's own artists  DETAILS »


Movies @ Argyros Plaza: The LEGO Movie

The beloved family movie featuring the wild and hilarious adventures of the famous toy blocks will be screened outdoors at the Segerstrom Center, with audiences able to buy safe viewing pods  DETAILS »


UC Shakespeare Trial: Et tu, Brute?

Live and free for virtual viewing, a stimulating debate unfolds between two of America's real-life top legal minds, as the Brutus of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" is put on trial for joining the assassination plot against Caesar  DETAILS »

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