Mississippi is where the performing arts converge, from music to dance to theatre to storytelling. Visitors and residents enjoy a full spectrum of vibrant live performances at venues throughout the state. Community theatre thrives in the Magnolia State, nurturing a creative spirit among the youth that stays with them for life. Mississippi’s public universities boast state-of-the-art performing arts centers, with a dynamic schedule of programs and performances year-round. Every four years, dancers from around the globe come to Jackson’s Thalia Mara Hall to participate in the USA International Ballet Competition, one of the world’s elite ballet competitions. And in addition to the classical arts, Mississippi is also home to rustic opry houses, intimate concert halls and pull-up-a-chair-guitar-picking picnics and festivals. However your tastes may run, you’ll find a myriad of outstanding performances in Mississippi.