Foo Foo Festival 2015


Pensacola’s 12-Day Coastal Cultural Celebration Will Resume November 4 – 15, 2021

Contact: For questions, please contact curator@acepensacola.org

IMPORTANT NOTE: This cancelation applies to primary Foo Foo Fest grant-funded events only. A number of events are added each year, and placed under our marketing umbrella as “Friends of Foo.” However, whether these events occur or not, is not under the purview of the Foo Foo Festival or Art, Culture, and Entertainment, Inc. Please check the websites and/or social media pages of your favorite Friends of Foo for updates on the status of their individual events moving forward.


The nonprofit organization, Art, Culture, and Entertainment, Inc. (ACE), announced on April 2, 2020, that the 7th Annual Foo Foo Festival slated for November 5-16, 2020 has been canceled due to the global novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The Foo Foo Festival will resume November 4-15, 2021 in Pensacola, Fla.

“Our board voted unanimously to suspend Foo Foo Festival this year in light of the pandemic,” said David Bear, trustee emeritus for Art, Culture, and Entertainment, Inc. “The timing for committing financially for 2020 is now and we felt it would be irresponsible to begin our process during this uncertain and precarious time. We look forward to getting back to business as usual next year.”

For more information and updates about the Pensacola Foo Foo Festival, visit www.FooFooFest.com or follow Foo Foo Festival on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For ongoing news and updates please visit ACEPensacola.org.

The Foo Foo Festival celebrates art, music, dance, theatre, cuisine and more with programming from grant recipients, throughout the city of Pensacola for nearly two weeks. Strategically positioned in and around some of Pensacola’s most popular events, the Foo Foo Fest encourages cultural tourists to make Pensacola an arts destination those two weeks. Foo Foo Festival’s impressive roster of events has become highly anticipated for its outstanding grant recipients who celebrate individual experiences specific to their craft and in 2019, the festival gave a total of $400,000 in grant funding to artists.

About Art, Culture, Entertainment, Inc. (ACE)

ACE is a nonprofit organization that receives Federal, State of Florida, Escambia County, City of Pensacola, corporate, foundation and personal funds. ACE disperses these funds through an equitable granting process to nonprofit arts, culture and entertainment organizations throughout Escambia County, Fla., and promotes Escambia County as an arts and cultural destination through the annual Foo Foo Festival and other marketing efforts. For more information about ACE, visit www.acepensacola.org.


Viola! Panel Discussion and Song Cycle Premiere

Nov. 7-8, at 7:30 p.m.

The Music Hall at UWF Center for Fine and Performing Arts View Map

Tickets: Nov. 7 Panel - FREE w/ Registration; Nov. 8 - $35 or $15 for students w/ ID

Kukua Institute

Event Info


Viola! is a new work on the fate of the Viola Edwards Hospital which opened in 1922 as the first African American-owned hospital in Pensacola, Florida. The fate of the hospital and its owner, Viola Edwards, is at the core of this story and reveals two women’s lives altered in pursuit of the American dream.
Join us for this two-day event with a panel discussion and song cycle premiere.

Viola! Panel Discussion is a conversation of the conception, significance and story of Viola!, the new American work on the fate of the Viola Edwards Hospital. Join the discussion on Thursday, November 7, 2019, at the Music Hall at UWF’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts, with featured panelist Judge Margaret Burnham, professor of law and founder of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern University in Boston; Lois Henry, composer and pianist of Viola! Song Cycle; Robin Reshard, librettist of Viola!; and Dr. Laura Edler, assistant professor of social work at the University of West Florida.

Viola! is commissioned by the Kukua Institute. This event, sponsored in part by the University of West Florida’s John C. Pace Symposium Series, is free and open to the public. Register here for your free ticket.

Reception to follow. Register for FREE panel discussion.

FRIDAY. NOVEMBER 8, 2019. 7:30 PM

Viola! Song Cycle Premiere is an evening of songs and narration from this new American work. Viola! is the story of two women’s lives altered in the pursuit of the American dream. This new work, based on true events, shares events that happened at Pensacola’s first black-owned hospital and its founder, Viola Edwards. The hospital was a place of hopes and dreams for one and a place of life and death for another.

Join this inaugural and historic event at the Music Hall at UWF’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts, on Friday, November 8, 2019, with the music of composer and pianist Lois Henry, writer Robin Reshard, and a stellar cast of professional opera singers directed and led by bass-baritone Lloyd Reshard, Jr. Tickets are $35 and $15 for students (with ID).

Viola! is commissioned by the Kukua Institute.

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