Apollo Festival of Masonic Arts is an World Celebration of the Symbolic Culture of the Freemasonry, organized by the Association of Masonic Arts, and hosted by different Grand Lodges around the World. The main purpose of the Festival is to present the centuries old Masterpieces of the Craft and contemporary Art products, made by Brethren from different Cultures and countries, in front of our global society.
Apollo 2018 includes:
*General Exhibition of Masterpieces of Masonic and Symbolic Fine Arts. Presentation of the History of Grand Lodges, Masonic Libraries and Museums, Masonic Authors and Artists.
*Lectures and presentations on the History and Contemporary development of the Symbolic and Masonic Arts and Material Culture. We welcome papers by Writers and Researches from all around the World. The papers will be published in Catalog of the Symbolic Arts.
*Concerts, Musicals, Dramas. The Stage is open to all Musicians and Performers of Symbolic and Masonic Art
*Student Contests at Poetry, Fine Arts, Music and Short documentary movies.
*Lunches, Dinners, Cocktails, Awards.
The First Apollo Festival was hosted by the Grand Orient of Brazil from September 15th to 20th, 2015 in the beautiful city of Brasilia. The Festival was under the patronage of the Sovereign Grand Master MW Brother Marcos Jose da Silvia, who was the First recipient of the Thomas W. Jackson Award for Masonic Leadership -the highest prize given by the Association of Masonic Arts, in recognition of the personal Achievements and dedication to the Symbolic Culture of the Craft.
The Grand Ambassador to South America RW Brother Paolo Koo presented some of the best talented Masonic musicians, artists, writers from different parts of the World, who dedicated their life to the noble cause to present the rich Symbolism of the Brotherhood, using all artistic tools and techniques. At the time of the Festival were presented Masonic artifacts from more than 50 countries, and 75 Grand Lodges. The Exhibition of the Festival, contained more than 1,200 artifacts, was visited from more than 3,000 people for the first 5 days, and received the full support from the Grand Orient of Brazil to stay open for general public and in the future.