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A tour of Bowling Green and surrounding communities will quickly expose our deep love for the performing arts and music of all varieties. Our newest centerpiece is SKyPAC (Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center), a state-of-the-art facility where headliners like Willie Nelson, Jack Hanna, Ron White and Jerry Seinfeld have performed and Broadway musicals CATS and Mamma Mia! are staged. Between Western Kentucky University’s symphony, local theater productions, festivals and local art shows, South Central Kentucky is live on performance.
HearBG, a committee of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, supported by the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, was created to stimulate economic growth in South Central Kentucky through arts and music. The committee works collaboratively to develop music events and promote existing music events in conjunction with other local events to increase economic activity and to build awareness of our local music heritage in South Central Kentucky. In addition, the group grows interest in the local arts and music scene through increased educational efforts in schools and throughout the community.
SKyPAC is an 80,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art performing arts center created to present high-quality performing and visual arts programs and to serve as a venue for community events. The facility is located in the heart of downtown Bowling Green and seats 1,800 people. Touring Broadway productions, local and internationally renowned music acts, comedy shows and entertainment for children are just a few of the acts that have graced the stage at SKyPAC.
Since its sold-out grand opening in March 2012, the performing arts center has attracted more than 100,000 visitors.
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Multiple theaters are present throughout the 10-county South Central Kentucky region. Featuring year-long schedules of plays, shows and performances, the following theaters offer something for everyone:
Established in 1908, the Symphony at WKU performs eight symphonic concerts each year, including Masterworks, Pops, Family and Free concerts.
Founded in the summer of 2000, Orchestra Kentucky mixes classical standards with bluegrass, show tunes, rock and many other sounds to please audiences at SKyPAC each season.
There’s always a reason to celebrate in South Central Kentucky! You’ll find festivals year round spread out across the ten-county region celebrating traditions, heritage and arts including: