November 10, 2013



Brian Counihan, Director

Marginal Arts Festival



- March 24-29, 2014


Roanoke, VA. - Marginal Arts Festival will celebrate its seventh annual festival this year, offering "Lycée" workshops from Monday to Thursday all around downtown Roanoke and finishing the week with three days of events, exhibitions, parades and carnivals.

Marginal Arts Festival is an annual celebration of locally relevant, contemporary and Avant art. This week long festival follows time honored carnival traditions and revels in a spirit of irreverent and absurdist good humor: which may explain why it uses rubber chickens and huge clown shoes in its branding. But don't underestimate it- there is serious art here! Since its foundation in 2008, the festival has attracted hundreds of artists to the valley each year, and offers residencies to international artists who work with local art communities.  Featured artwork includes: Live Art, Noise, Performance Art, Local Alternative Press, Visual Poetry, Installation Art, Happenings and curated exhibitions.

Marginal Arts Festival is supported in part by the Roanoke Arts Commission and Community High School, and proudly partners with 101.5 the Valley Music Place and CITY Magazine - its media sponsors. We are also proud to announce new partnerships with Ride Solutions, PARK Roanoke, Valley Transit, The Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke PechaKucha night, Roanoke Symphony Green Room, Fork in the Market and are grateful to Center In the Square and Roanoke Visitors Bureau for their support.

Most events are free and kid friendly, late night events may contain adult material. The Parade starts at 11:45 Saturday March 29 at Community High School. Dress "Absurdly".

For more information on the upcoming festival and specific events, exhibitions performances and workshops, or just a better explanation for "why a rubber chicken", email or like us on facebook-MarginalArtsRoanoke.