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Festival Fit – YMCA Fitness Classes

Ballantyne’s Backyard 11611 N Community House Rd, Charlotte

Festival Fit! Have you ever taken a yoga class near an incredibly large-thinking MAN? Take a stroll through Ballantyne's Backyard and enjoy FREE yoga and family yoga classes provided by the Ballantyne YMCA. please note: patrons are required to bring their own mats. Yoga builds a strong body, mind, and spirit. This yoga class, for all levels, incorporates yoga postures, breathing exercises, and a mind focus to improve balance, strength, and flexibility. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity.

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Wanted

Ballantyne’s Backyard 11611 N Community House Rd, Charlotte

An Unusual Type of Theatre Performed on Vertical and Aerial Stages. A 2d cartoon with 3d heroes. The videography, inspired by comics and video games of the 80s, portrays different landscapes and scenarios with which the characters interact. The two artists are tossed around between spy-story scenes and acrobatic combats. From Pac-Man labyrinths and Super Mario settings to a risky ‘Mission Impossible’ … you’ll be watching with bated breath! With the police running after them, the two heroes go on an adventurous trip balanced between the real world and fantasy. eVenti Verticali is a cultural association aiming to promote an unusual type of theatre to be performed on vertical and aerial stages.

Mazing Shadows

Ballantyne’s Backyard 11611 N Community House Rd, Charlotte

BPA Fellow Mazing Shadows asks you to take an adventure with friends and family through a labyrinth constructed out of shadows. Try your best to navigate the many twists and turns and along the way enjoy a dazzling display of shadow-based art forming a beautiful world anyone can get lost in wandering and wonder.

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Wishes and Whispers

Two Wells Fargo Plaza 306 S College St, Charlotte

BPA Fellows Wishes and Whispers invites the public to engage with art in a playful way and reveal the wishes of Charlotteans hidden within. At first look, the artwork is faint and partially concealed, but once guests trigger the sensors, Whispers illuminate from behind and unveil dreams from the Charlotte community. Some Whispers require visitors to work together and activate multiple sensors simultaneously to reveal their message. 

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Queen Charlotte’s Secret Garden

Ballantyne’s Backyard 11611 N Community House Rd, Charlotte

BPA Fellow Did you know Queen Charlotte was an amateur botanist? Imagine what her garden may have looked like and who she may have allowed to visit. Come and take a peek at this playful fantasy, with its enchanting scenery and colorful, light-filled surprises at night. 

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100 Tiny Things

Exact Location to be Revealed - Stay Tuned! Charlotte

Connecting the constellation of the Charlotte International Arts Festival, 100 Tiny Things is one part surprise, one part scavenger hunt for everyone walking through uptown between the Blumenthal’s two largest theaters: the Belk and the Knight. If they are making their way to the festival, or even if they’re commuting to work, 100 Tiny Things are playful, curious, and delightfully disruptive installations that are a joy to stumble upon and encourage the public to explore the larger footprint of CIAF, as well as begin to see their city in through new eyes. Artists, please consider your submission to 100 Tiny Things as an opportunity for creative urban repair, a way to manipulate the mundane, and to interpret serious architecture with a personified flair. From googly eyes to mini-murals, to small sculptures, we are inviting public awareness with a giggle. Your tiny things will encourage people to slow down, enjoy where...

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Lotty by Moradavaga

Romare Bearden Park 300 S Church St, Charlotte

Large Scale Interactive Squid Sculpture Taking inspiration from the 2017 Taipei Public Arts Festival theme, “Story of a River”, Moradavaga devised an interactive acoustic installation with a strong visual impact that could resonate with the aquatic memories of the old course of the Keelung River in a playful and imaginative way. “Kraki” is based on the descriptions found since the late 13th Century about legendary sea creatures named "kraken" that probably inspired Herman Melville and Jules Verne on some of their most notable writings, like Moby Dick and 20.000 Leagues Under the Sea. In this sense, it is a kind of an ancestor, the great- great-grandfather, of “Vernie”, the giant squid previously created by Moradavaga on the island of São Miguel in the Azores archipelago. Like its great-great-granddaughter, “Kraki” came from the depths of the ocean, up the imaginary river course, to serve as a lively communicative tool for passersby...

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Pneuhaus’ Compound Camera

Two Wells Fargo Plaza 306 S College St, Charlotte

An Inflatable Camera Dome The Compound Camera is an immersive dome made of 109 inflatable pinhole cameras that each cast a live projection of the surrounding environment. Together they create a stunning tessellated panorama likened to standing inside the eye of a fly. Visitors are encouraged to touch the textile walls to adjust the focal range of the image just as our own eyes relax and contract to focus.

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Man by Amanda Parer

Ballantyne’s Backyard 11611 N Community House Rd, Charlotte

Monumental Inflatable Statue Auguste Rodin’s Thinker, made in 1880 is famous for celebrating man for his/her perfect physicality and is often used as an image to represent man’s pursuit of intellectual thought and philosophy. Man is a contemporized version, in this giant seated figure we can see the results of our self-indulgence and self-importance. Man holds his head in search of answers, in search perhaps of what went wrong?

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Mentalgassi

Ballantyne’s Backyard 11611 N Community House Rd, Charlotte

Urban Street Artists The trio of German artists, known under the name Mentalgassi, create large-scale photographs which they tape on outdoor objects. Since they banded together in 2006, Mentalgassi’s artwork has been seen in many cities around the world, including in London, Berlin, Brazil, and Finland. By combining photography, sculpture, image manipulation, and street art, they transform ordinary objects into artworks that make passersby smile. Their work communicates with the environment. Like a site-specific installation, it perfectly balances with the location creating what the artists’ have named “urban entertainment.” Over the years, Mentalgassi have worked on numerous projects, the most famous being the Metalheads and Public Intimacy.  

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Jason Hausman – Music for Man

Ballantyne’s Backyard 11611 N Community House Rd, Charlotte

Hot Sakē Soundscape Charlotte-based composer and sound designer Jason Hausman (PBS, Discovery, NPR, Sony Pictures) has been commissioned to create a musical soundscape for Amanda Parer’s Man, adding a sonic component to this already thought-provoking installation. Hailing from Indiana, Hausman moved to Charlotte in 1985, and has called NC home ever since. He is the owner of Hot Sakē, an emmy-winning audio branding studio founded in 2004.   IG @Sonic_Samurai & @HotSakeSound Other Hot Sake team members: Chris Williams – Composer @yungcitizen Emily Sage – Composer @emilysagemusic

South Shore Syndicate – Levine Ave Artist Stage – 9/22

Levine Ave Artist Stage 500 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte

The best live music & Biergarten in Charlotte!    Thursday Line Up: 11:30 am - South Shore Syndicate 5:30 pm - Josh Daniel Band 7:00 pm - Jason Scavone 8:30 pm - Pluto Gang

Josh Daniel Band – Levine Ave Artist Stage – 9/22

Levine Ave Artist Stage 500 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte

The best live music & Biergarten in Charlotte!    Thursday Line Up: 11:30 am - South Shore Syndicate 5:30 pm - Josh Daniel Band 7:00 pm - Jason Scavone 8:30 pm - Pluto Gang

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The People’s History of Charlotte

Levine Ave / Projected on Side of Mint Museum 550 South Tryon, Charlotte

Projection of The People's History of Charlotte A short filmed to be displayed on the facade of the historic building, scored by CSO

Jason Scavone – Levine Ave Artist Stage – 9/22

Levine Ave Artist Stage 500 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte

The best live music & Biergarten in Charlotte!    Thursday Line Up: 11:30 am - South Shore Syndicate 5:30 pm - Josh Daniel Band 7:00 pm - Jason Scavone 8:30 pm - Pluto Gang

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Levine Avenue Projection Artists

Levine Ave / Projected on Side of Mint Museum 550 South Tryon, Charlotte

Projected onto the side of the Mint, visible from Levine Avene.   Curated by Director of Artistic Experiences, Bree Stallings, the Levine Avenue Projection Artists is a rotating loop celebrating some of the many digital artists we have in Charlotte and of those who have crossed paths with our city for a chapter. Artists working in stop motion, documentary filmmaking, digital animation, and more are featured.   List of artists: Wonderworld’s The People’s History of Charlotte (a Blumenthal Fellows project), Marcus Kiser, Mike Wirth, Will Jenkins, Karla Sosa (Mexico City, Mexico), ArtPop Street Gallery and its many artists, Eric Mullis, HNin Nie, Taylor Lee Nicholson, Naji Al-Ali (Amman, Jordan), Had Chosen: Jalen Weddington, Rebecca Lipps, Maleek Loyd of Loyd Visuals, Gloria Zavaleta with footage of the META (Mural Entrepreneurial Training Academy) artists, and a behind-the-scenes commercial of our very own CIAF exclusive beer, Brush Stroke, being made at Heist Brewing!

Pluto Gang – Levine Ave Artist Stage – 9/22

Levine Ave Artist Stage 500 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte

The best live music & Biergarten in Charlotte!    Thursday Line Up: 11:30 am - South Shore Syndicate 5:30 pm - Josh Daniel Band 7:00 pm - Jason Scavone 8:30 pm - Pluto Gang