Epcot held its first festival way back in 1994 to increase attendance during the typically slow period in the Spring between Spring Break and the end of the school year; it was called the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.

In the Fall of 1995, the park hosted the first Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

Now, in the Winter of 2017, Epcot is hosting the Epcot International Festival of the Arts.

This new festival brings together the best of culinary, performing, and visual arts. Many of the features of this festival will change frequently; sometimes it’s weekend to weekend, day to day, or even minute by minute.

There will be art on display for you to look at, and there will also be artists creating pieces in the moment. You’ll see some of what you love from both of the existing festivals plus some new things you’ve never see before!

Let’s take a look at some of what you can see at the first (annual) Epcot International Festival of the Arts.

Welcome to the first (possibly annual?) Epcot International Festival of the Arts.

Welcome to the first (possibly annual?) Epcot International Festival of the Arts.

You can find this new Figment topiary between Spaceship Earth and the Fountain of Nations. It's pretty cool!

You can find this new Figment topiary between Spaceship Earth and the Fountain of Nations. It’s pretty cool!

The Festival Showplace is in the Odyssey building, and includes art exhibits, food, and a bit of merchandise.

The Festival Showplace is in the Odyssey building, and includes art exhibits, food, and a bit of merchandise.

The Showplace has an interesting art exhibit by Mary Blair, who you might know from her design that defined it's a small world.

The Showplace has an interesting art exhibit by Mary Blair, who you might know from her design that defined it’s a small world.

The Blair art comes from a trip to South America.

The Blair art comes from a trip to South America.

I haven't seen this artwork in other places - it is very colorful and stylized.

I haven’t seen this artwork in other places – it is very colorful and stylized.

If you enjoy Disney concept art, but sure to check out the exhibit of work by Herb Ryman.

The Showplace offers some interesting food choices.

The Showplace offers some interesting food choices: savory treats on doughnuts, flatbread, and sugar cookies with plenty of icing.

Disney Broadway artists perform on the American Gardens stage near the American Adventure.

Disney Broadway artists perform on the American Gardens stage near the American Adventure.

These singers cover a lot of Disney Broadway song territory in a 30 minute set.

These singers cover a lot of Disney Broadway song territory in a 30 minute set.

A nice suprise in the Festival - sidewalk chalk art.

A nice surprise in the Festival – sidewalk chalk art.

The chalk artwork is temporary but beautiful.

The chalk artwork is temporary but beautiful.

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