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Get Inspired at UCF Celebrates the Arts 2023

Every year, UCF Celebrates the Arts brings the Dr. Phillips Center to life. The Orlando festival will make the venue sparkle with the harmonies of choirs, footwork of dancers, and bright brushstrokes of painters.

UCF Celebrates the Arts - dancers posting on stage against a red backdrop.

The annual event is hosted by the University of Central Florida’s College of Arts & Humanities. It celebrates creativity in all forms. Visual artists, performers, writers, and digital creators at all stages of their careers will showcase their talents and cheer on their peers.

UCF Celebrates the Arts takes place from April 2 – 15, 2023.

Here’s everything you need to know about UCF Celebrates the Arts 2023.

High-Profile Artists, Low Prices

The art galleries throughout the Dr. Phillips Center will be free to visit all through the festival, no ticket needed. Most performances and presentations require a ticket from the UCF Box Office website. But even most of the ticketed events are free. Those that aren’t range between $10 and $60 per person.

These prices are astoundingly low, especially given the caliber of the festival lineup. While this year’s schedule has yet to be released, you can expect to see some familiar faces at UCF Celebrates the Arts.

The event’s guest speakers will reflect on their careers and offer advice to aspiring creatives.

Mayim Bialik, who spoke at UCF Celebrates the Arts in 2018

N4chavez, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Previous guest speakers have included:

  • Star composer Hans Zimmer
  • Star Trek and Orange is the New Black actress Kate Mulgrew
  • TV personality and scientist Mayim Bialik
  • Celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich
  • Award-winning novelist Emily St. John Mandel

Cultivating Tomorrow’s Creators

While other names in the UCF Celebrates the Arts program won’t be so familiar, keep them in the back of your mind. In a few years, they may take the art world by storm.

UCF Celebrates the Arts will showcase the work of art students like the one depicted here.

Each year, over 1,000 UCF students and faculty members participate in UCF Celebrates the Arts. They devote a huge part of the school year to planning the festival’s jam-packed lineup.

In past years, fine art connoisseurs, music mavens, and theater geeks could enjoy:

  • A production of Shrek the Musical
  • Performances by UCF music ensembles
  • Screenings of animation students’ short films
  • An exhibit featuring the designs of local architecture students
  • Augmented reality experiences
  • Poetry readings by Orlando’s poet laurates Shawn Welcome and Susan Lilley
  • Interactive puppet shows for young children
  • Demos of video games designed by UCF students

Where to Stay During UCF Celebrates the Arts

Each Rosen Inn is in the heart of Orlando, a short drive from the Dr. Phillips Center. When you book your room through Orlando Hotels 4 Less, you’ll enjoy the lowest rates on your hotel stay.

At Rosen Hotels & Resorts, we’re big fans of Orlando’s growing creative community. That’s why we’ve partnered with United Arts of Central Florida. Together, we support local creators and help you explore the arts in the City Beautiful. Check out our guide to the arts scene here.

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