Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival Awakens Hemisfair Park on November 9

Kelly Hughes |

San Antonio’s one-of-a-kind, multidisciplinary arts event announces 2019 lineup featuring over 50 local, national and international artists – plus weekend programming details

SAN ANTONIO, TX (October 1, 2019)Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival – the free multidisciplinary arts festival that brings over 20,000 visitors and locals downtown each year – is excited to announce the lineup for its 12th annual main event at Hemisfair Park in November. On the evening of Saturday, November 9, Luminaria will illuminate the park with visual art, sculpture, dance, music and theatre installments. This year, themes around LGBTQ+, cultural intersectionality, immigration and other timely topics will be explored. The weekend celebration of the arts will continue on Sunday, November 10, with a special community arts day at Hemisfair and a closing performance at Mission San José.

“It’s so exciting to present Luminaria to San Antonio each year and invite the community to wander into a world of inspiration,” says Executive Director Kathy Armstrong. “For over a decade, Luminaria has been a breeding ground for talent and we are proud to give local and global artists a platform to engage the general public’s curiosity.”

A variety of noteworthy San Antonio-based artists are participating in Luminaria this year, including: Katie Pell whose witty visual art will be amplified on a large scale for audience interaction, The Holy Knives who will appear on the main stage with their sultry psychedelic rock, and Xelena González who will present Lotería Remedios, a cultural card-reading experience. Former Texans Tom Turner and Carol Cunningham Turner will install Mission Moon Glow: a radiant, inflatable playscape with audio. Artist Sarah Fox will collaborate with Denmark-based Kristian Bønløkke to showcase an animated battle with accompanying audio. Local architectural firm, Overland Partners, will present Building Blocks at Plaza Guadalupe, featuring illuminated sculptural furniture that narrates San Antonio’s vibrant culture and invites the community’s engagement.

International artists add to the dynamic lineup with activations such as Resistencia en Silencio, a Mexican contemporary dance group who will be performing an exploration of the nexus between the somatic and the space it inhabits. Scenocosme by Grégory Lasserre & Anaïs met den Ancxt of St. Etienne, France, will feature a techno-avant interactive face-morphing installation, and Pablo Bruera  from Barcelona, Spain, who will create visual and auditory scenery on the facade of a historic home.

National artists coming into San Antonio include Miami-based Pioneer Winter Collective, whose theatre and dance performance explores the beauty of vulnerability and humanness through the unexpected, as well as California-based Daisy Cornejo, also known as “Hot Cheeto Mami,” a Chicanx film director and storyteller who will present ​a short film. San Antonio natives Lunar Fire, who are now based in Denver, Colorado, are set to perform an urban-ethnic multi-media fire performance. Kaleidoscopic deLight out of Florence, Alabama, will haptically engage Luminaria attendees in becoming active creators of fluid mosaic projections.

The complete list of featured artists and installations can be found here. Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival is curated by San Antonio art experts, and the 2019 creative endeavors embrace and challenge myriad themes like trending world issues to everyday personal motifs. Additionally, Luminaria partners with Artist Foundation of San Antonio, National Association of Latino Arts & Culture, Contemporary Arts Month and the Mexican Consulate for production of new works.

Luminaria’s weekend celebration of the arts includes the following schedule:

  • Saturday, November 9 from 7 p.m. to midnight in Hemisfair Park
    • Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival: the free, annual after dark arts festival that illuminates downtown San Antonio with displays from 50+ artists. Audience participation programs, food & drink available for purchase.
  • Sunday, November 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Hemisfair Park
    • Community Arts Day: a family friendly day with artist-led demonstrations and  workshops sparks creativity. A ticketed artist brunch offers insight while an artist market provides a chance to purchase artworks and memorabilia.
  • Sunday, November 10 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Mission San José
    • Mission San José Closing Performance: a closing music performance explores San Antonio culture in this artist interpretive program at the historic site.

Luminaria started in 2008 as a grassroots, multi-genre arts festival exploding with San Antonio talent and has rapidly evolved into an attraction for artists worldwide. The entire event is free, family-friendly and open to the public.


The full schedule will be announced at a later date. For more information on Luminaria, please visit:


About Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival

Held every year in San Antonio, Luminaria is the only multidisciplinary contemporary arts festival of its kind in the United States. This annual arts showcase is open to the public and highlights the work of over 50 San Antonio-based, regional and international artists in a nighttime festival featuring visual arts, dance, music, theatre, performance, poetry, light displays and more. Taking place in San Antonio’s iconic Hemisfair Park, the festival offers a Texas-friendly immersive and inspiring arts experience in a safe and dynamic environment in the heart of downtown. Welcoming over 20,000 annual attendees, Luminaria is free of charge thanks to the support of numerous local and national organizations, foundations and private donors. For more information, visit