There has never been an event like it in Salem. Nor, in almost any other city.

From March 17 – 19, the Salem Theatre Network will host a unique cultural event where the public can take in as many as 20 theatrical performances, exhibitions and workshops across 6 venues in Salem’s downtown core.

It will be a weekend of live-performances, from one-acts to one-woman shows, musicals, staged readings, stand-up, live music and dance, as well as all-access educational programming.

The Cherry Blossom Theatre Festival will expose audiences to the work, creativity  and diverse visions of the 14 member theatre companies of the Salem Theatre Network. The Network includes, among others, Enlightened Theatrics, Pentacle Theatre,Theatre 33, Willamette University Theatre Department, Capitol City Theatre and Keizer Homegrown Theatre.

According to the Salem Theatre Network’s President, Jay Gipson-King, the festival is an exciting step towards sustaining the future of theatre in our region. “The festival is an opportunity for area performing arts facilities, local businesses and the community to partner and collaborate in turning historic downtown Salem into a premier performing arts district and destination,” he says.

Sponsors of the multi-faceted event include the Salem Theatre Network, Oregon Community Theatre Alliance, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Roth’s Fresh Markets, Gilgamesh Brewing, Ritter’s, Salem Weekly, Artists In Action, and more. The festival is made possible with funding from the Marion Cultural Development Corporation.

As a benefit event, the Cherry Blossom Theatre Festival aims to further the impact of the Salem Theatre Network by raising critical funds to support ongoing outreach, community engagement and create a scholarship fund that will support the theatre community in the coming year.

The weekend also offers access to the wines, brews and foods that make theatre an all-encompassing life-affirming experience, including a VIP Pass to include wine and beer tasting at participating venues on Friday and Saturday, and special discounts for downtown dining and retail.