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00000178-7416-ddab-a97a-7e3eec730003A preview of the upcoming weekend's arts activities in Central Illinois with your hosts, WCBU's Nathan Irwin and Suzette Boulais of Arts Partners of Central Illinois.00000178-7416-ddab-a97a-7e3eec740000

Community Festival of Nativities on Display Through Sunday


This week, we're talking with Shelly Crespo, about the Community Festival of Nativities. A joint efort by three local churches, the event brings together 950 individual nativity scenes, from 47 different countries. One of the highlights of this year's festival is a nativity that includes 2000 pieces; Crespo says this is the first time all of them have been on display.

The event also includes a piece by guest artist Julia Fish Thompson. There's also a full schedule of musical performances -- including the Peoria Area Civic Chorale, church choirs, and high school madrigal singers.

Crespo talks about the purpose of the event, and about the work that takes place behind the scenes to register and set up all 950 nativities over the course of three days.

The Community Festival of Nativities continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3700 West Reservoir Boulevard in Peoria.