The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University is launching its first ever festival — in Austin.
On April 18, the San Marcos research archive and special collections library will host a day of events featuring many of the writers, photographers and musicians who are represented in its holdings including photographers Kate Breakey, Graciela Iturbide and Keith Carter; writers Sarah Bird, Stephen Harrigan and Lawrence Wright; and musicians Terri Hendrix and Flaco Jimenez.
Four panels covering film, photography, writing and music will be held the W Hotel in Austin. A gala at ACL Live at the Moody Theater with music by Ray Benson and Robert Earl Keen.
Tickets to the festival, which is a fundraiser, start at $1,000, which includes admission to the panels and to the gala.
“Every great culture is made great in part by the contributions of its writers and artists, but that’s not enough,” said Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright. “It also requires great institutions to support those creative efforts and to make them available to students and scholars and to the general public. And that’s exactly what The Wittliff Collections do. They are a part of the foundation of the creative arts of the Southwest and a repository for the future, and we’re grateful for its existence.”
The Wittliff Collections was established at Texas State University in 1986 by screenwriter and filmmaker Bill Wittliff and his wife Sally. Wittliff passed away on June 9, 2019. The Collections holdings focus on Southwestern literature, Southwestern and Mexican photography, and Texas music.