Wilmington is home to the well-known film festival, Cucalorus. This non-competitive festival takes place every November, celebrating independent and international film for five days in historic downtown Wilmington. Cucalorus showcases bold, innovative filmmaking with programs dedicated to dance, emerging artists, North Carolina, social justice, works-in-progress, and global cinema.
MovieMaker Magazine has recognized Cucalorus as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” and the Brooks Institute named it one of the “Top Ten Film Festivals”. It also appeared on Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 Events” list for the month of November.
This year’s festival will be the 19th annual and will include screenings of more than 200 independent films from around the world, workshops, panel discussions, master dance/film classes, and special events. The website states that, this year the festival is set to “attract thousands of cultural travelers, creative leaders and filmmakers who descend upon the Port City from Spain, Israel, Brazil and from more than 70 cities across the US.”
The annual festival will be held Wednesday, November 13 through Sunday, November 17
The festival is held at various venues throughout historic downtown Wilmington. A schedule is listed on the website. The main three venues follow:
City Stage Theater
21 North Front Street | 910-342-0272 | www.citystageatlevel5.com
Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts
310 Chestnut Street | 910-632-2285 | www.thalianhall.org
815 Princess Street | 910-343-5995
For tickets, schedules, film descriptions, venue directions, and other details, visit www.cucalorus.org
The Historic Wilmington Foundation is offering free guided walking tours on May 4th and May 11th. The Foundation is excited to announce that the Forest Hills tour and Streetcar Suburbs tour are scheduled to begin in May. The tours will showcase the architectural, social, and cultural history of the two neighborhoods. The Streetcar Suburbs tour tells the story of Wilmington’s first two suburbs, Carolina Place and Carolina Heights, and their restoration and renewal. Forest Hills developed outside the city limits and it was the first automobile oriented suburb. The inaugural tours are free for each route.