A Blumenthal Performing Arts Original


To become THE global culture festival of the Southeast.  


The Charlotte International Arts Festival, warmly known as CIAF ([sē]ːef), is the annual celebration that magnifies the Queen City’s artistic soul for creation and innovation. The inspiring multi-week festival features curated artistic and immersive experiences from around the world and locally that celebrate diversity and culture. 

CIAF expands the artistic identity of Charlotte and surrounding areas by transforming Uptown and Ballantyne into centers of imagination that celebrate a spirit of playfulness by bringing together artists from around the globe and around the corner through both visual and performing arts.

Fun for everyone, from families to individuals, we invite you to participate in imaginative arts’ experiences throughout our city over the course of 17 days. We invite you to stay awhile, play, and welcome curiosity, as we begin to see our city through new eyes. With over 200 attractions, many for free, this festival has something for everyone. 


The Charlotte International Arts Festival (CIAF), a Blumenthal Performing Arts Original, uniquely brings together Charlotte’s local and international communities with global artists in a cultural celebration filled with live performances, art installations, food from around the world, and more.  


The Charlotte International Arts Festival spans between two main hubs, Center City & Ballantyne, (Ballantyne Backyard & The Amp!) Both locations will feature spectacular live performances, crazy good music, immersive art installations, and an abundance of inspired creations.