Foo Foo Festival 2015

Happy New Year!



Pensacola’s 12-Day Coastal Celebration Set to Return November 4-15, 2021

The New Year brings a new Foo Foo Festival! Mark your calendars for Foo Foo Festival’s virtual kickoff announcement, taking place on Friday, January 29, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. CT, to hear the news for this year’s plans and grant applications. The 7th Annual Foo Foo Festival will take place November 4-15, 2021 with 12 days of fun-filled celebrations.

The Foo Foo Festival team is excited to share the news around this year’s events, which will be held with COVID-Safe measures in mind. While Foo’s plans for its 2020 events were canceled out of an abundance of safety to ensure the health of the Pensacola community and attendees, the highly-anticipated festival will return in November 2021 better than ever before. Pensacola is celebrated for its unique culture, and the ability to celebrate the arts organizations, nonprofits, and local businesses that thrive within this beloved coastal destination is important now more than ever.

The invitation to join this year’s kickoff meeting is open to all nonprofits, prior participants, local-to-Pensacola community groups, local and regional arts organizations, businesses, hoteliers, and musicians that are interested in learning how to participate in Foo Foo Festival as a grant recipient and “Friend of Foo Foo Fest.” To access the kickoff meeting, please use the Zoom meeting link provided below.





Register in advance for the Zoom Meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErcOihrj0tGdOleAw_rmuCrmKPyY6PGBMb


This meeting has proven to be very informative and beneficial to those that are interested in potentially submitting for a Foo Foo Festival grant, becoming a Friend of Foo, or finding out how your business or venture can benefit from the festival and its marketing and advertising.

For questions, please email Nicole Stacey, Foo Foo Festival Curator at Curator@AcePensacola.org


The health and safety of the Pensacola Foo Foo Fest’s attendees, staff, vendors, and participants are of the utmost importance to the Foo Foo Fest team. As Foo Foo Fest organizers work to finalize the plans and event layout for this November’s festivities, the team is taking all precautions possible to ensure that the health of its festival-goers will be kept top of mind, including the institution of COVID-safe protocols and enhancement of outdoor spaces to allow for social distancing. The Foo Foo Fest team will continue to monitor developments surrounding COVID-19 leading up to November’s events and will fully cooperate with any instructions heeded for Escambia County by local and state officials and the CDC.

Foo Foo Fest looks forward to the opportunity to welcome new and returning festival attendees to its seventh annual beloved arts & culture event November 4-15, 2021, and to showing support for the Pensacola community during these challenging times.  


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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