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“Best Free Festival! In one week, one of the best FREE festivals will be happening. From 9AM-9PM, there will be dancing in the streets, swashbuckling swordfights and poetry upon request.” 

- The Examiner

“Asks anyone who regularly writes about Chicago bands, and they’ll tell you it often seems as if two out of three groups here have some connection to Columbia College..... Even more impressive, though, is the musical component of Columbia’s annual Manifest Urban Arts Festival, the college’s annual spring celebration of student creativity.” 

- Chicago Sun-Times

“Manifest’s annual showcase is a resourceful vehicle for displaying a remarkable mix of performances and presentations from nearly every level and every department at Columbia College.”