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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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A Pop-Up Creative Arts Experience!

Ballantyne’s Backyard 11611 N Community House Rd, Charlotte

BPA Fellow Cross the little red bridge for hands-on art creating, music making, and body moving fun! The littlest festival visitors (ages 2-7) can wander freely between interactive story time, a colorful open art table, a silly dance party, or calming sensory play as they are invited to touch, make, scoop, splash, dance, listen, draw, watch and wiggle. 

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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...

Levine Ave Alive: Music, Movement, and FUN!

Levine Avenue 100 N Tryon St, Charlotte

Get Moving at Levine Ave Alive Grab the family and some friends and join us for an energetic day of FREE dance fitness classes and Double Dutch along with music from DJ Steel Wheel & DJ 300! Check out the incredible lineup below! ----------------------------------------------- 9am - 12pm - Dj Steel  9am - Mixxed Fit - a people-inspired dance fitness program that is a mix of explosive dance moves and boot camp toning moves. 10am - Mufuka Works- African Dance Class 11am - Soca Fit-  SocaFit USA® is a Caribbean Carnival style full body workout, giving lots of attention to stamina, strength, weight loss & inches off the waistline. Its an experience that you will never forget. Socafit USA prides itself on confidently offering you a positive, caring environment that encourages movement and the freedom to just be!! 12pm - Jumping Dreams- An award-winning Double Dutch group. They will put on a demo and...

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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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A Pop-Up Creative Arts Experience!

Ballantyne’s Backyard 11611 N Community House Rd, Charlotte

BPA Fellow Cross the little red bridge for hands-on art creating, music making, and body moving fun! The littlest festival visitors (ages 2-7) can wander freely between interactive story time, a colorful open art table, a silly dance party, or calming sensory play as they are invited to touch, make, scoop, splash, dance, listen, draw, watch and wiggle. 

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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

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Mexico Beyond Mariachi

Romare Bearden Park 300 S Church St, Charlotte

Mexican Music and Dance Mexico Beyond Mariachi is a multi-cultural ensemble of professional musicians, actors, dancers and teaching artists whose love of Mexican traditions and way of life shines bright in every performance. Our philosophy is rooted in the belief that art and culture are an integral part of the development of every individual’s outlook on life. Personal engagement, community experiences, and the celebration of commonality are themes Mexico Beyond Mariachi bring to our shows as well as to our extensive arts-in-education offerings (residencies, workshops, and lecture demonstrations). ​ Mexico Beyond Mariachi was founded in 2005 in New York City and was quickly established as one of the leading providers of Mexican performance and education programs for young people and families in the New York Tri-State area. Every year, Mexico Beyond Mariachi performs in dozens of schools, theatres, and museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museo del Barrio, Queens Theater, New Jersey...

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Mexico Beyond Mariachi

Romare Bearden Park 300 S Church St, Charlotte

Mexican Music and Dance Mexico Beyond Mariachi is a multi-cultural ensemble of professional musicians, actors, dancers and teaching artists whose love of Mexican traditions and way of life shines bright in every performance. Our philosophy is rooted in the belief that art and culture are an integral part of the development of every individual’s outlook on life. Personal engagement, community experiences, and the celebration of commonality are themes Mexico Beyond Mariachi bring to our shows as well as to our extensive arts-in-education offerings (residencies, workshops, and lecture demonstrations). ​ Mexico Beyond Mariachi was founded in 2005 in New York City and was quickly established as one of the leading providers of Mexican performance and education programs for young people and families in the New York Tri-State area. Every year, Mexico Beyond Mariachi performs in dozens of schools, theatres, and museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museo del Barrio, Queens Theater, New Jersey...

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Jason Hackenworth Balloon Pop-Up Performances @ Romare Bearden

Romare Bearden Park 300 S Church St, Charlotte

Sculptural Balloon Installations From Jason - There is only one thing. Consciousness. Every-thing is a fragment of the totality of consciousness. All seemingly-separate objects, trees, stones, buildings, birds, rivers, planets, stars, everything is a manifestation of consciousness into matter. Many people will argue that consciousness is a mind-created phenomenon and that when our mind ceases function, our consciousness will end. But this is only true if we make a self from it. Ultimately, there is no self, there is only the totality, and there is no end, only eternity. As an artist, I see my function as similar to a hiker on a remote trail who piles stones along the way to help others remain on the path. And as such, when I encounter dazzling works by other artists I feel a connectedness to the experience. A feeling of affirmation that others have taken this path and that it is...

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Jason Hackenworth Balloon Pop-Up Performances @ The Firebird

The Firebird In Front of Knight Theater 430 S Tryon Street, Charlotte

Sculptural Balloon Installations From Jason - There is only one thing. Consciousness. Every-thing is a fragment of the totality of consciousness. All seemingly-separate objects, trees, stones, buildings, birds, rivers, planets, stars, everything is a manifestation of consciousness into matter. Many people will argue that consciousness is a mind-created phenomenon and that when our mind ceases function, our consciousness will end. But this is only true if we make a self from it. Ultimately, there is no self, there is only the totality, and there is no end, only eternity. As an artist, I see my function as similar to a hiker on a remote trail who piles stones along the way to help others remain on the path. And as such, when I encounter dazzling works by other artists I feel a connectedness to the experience. A feeling of affirmation that others have taken this path and that it is...

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Mexico Beyond Mariachi

Romare Bearden Park 300 S Church St, Charlotte

Mexican Music and Dance Mexico Beyond Mariachi is a multi-cultural ensemble of professional musicians, actors, dancers and teaching artists whose love of Mexican traditions and way of life shines bright in every performance. Our philosophy is rooted in the belief that art and culture are an integral part of the development of every individual’s outlook on life. Personal engagement, community experiences, and the celebration of commonality are themes Mexico Beyond Mariachi bring to our shows as well as to our extensive arts-in-education offerings (residencies, workshops, and lecture demonstrations). ​ Mexico Beyond Mariachi was founded in 2005 in New York City and was quickly established as one of the leading providers of Mexican performance and education programs for young people and families in the New York Tri-State area. Every year, Mexico Beyond Mariachi performs in dozens of schools, theatres, and museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museo del Barrio, Queens Theater, New Jersey...

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Jason Hackenworth Balloon Pop-Up Performances @ Romare Bearden

Romare Bearden Park 300 S Church St, Charlotte

Sculptural Balloon Installations From Jason - There is only one thing. Consciousness. Every-thing is a fragment of the totality of consciousness. All seemingly-separate objects, trees, stones, buildings, birds, rivers, planets, stars, everything is a manifestation of consciousness into matter. Many people will argue that consciousness is a mind-created phenomenon and that when our mind ceases function, our consciousness will end. But this is only true if we make a self from it. Ultimately, there is no self, there is only the totality, and there is no end, only eternity. As an artist, I see my function as similar to a hiker on a remote trail who piles stones along the way to help others remain on the path. And as such, when I encounter dazzling works by other artists I feel a connectedness to the experience. A feeling of affirmation that others have taken this path and that it is...

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Jason Hackenworth Balloon Pop-Up Performances @ The Firebird

The Firebird In Front of Knight Theater 430 S Tryon Street, Charlotte

Sculptural Balloon Installations From Jason - There is only one thing. Consciousness. Every-thing is a fragment of the totality of consciousness. All seemingly-separate objects, trees, stones, buildings, birds, rivers, planets, stars, everything is a manifestation of consciousness into matter. Many people will argue that consciousness is a mind-created phenomenon and that when our mind ceases function, our consciousness will end. But this is only true if we make a self from it. Ultimately, there is no self, there is only the totality, and there is no end, only eternity. As an artist, I see my function as similar to a hiker on a remote trail who piles stones along the way to help others remain on the path. And as such, when I encounter dazzling works by other artists I feel a connectedness to the experience. A feeling of affirmation that others have taken this path and that it is...

The Belfast Boys – Levine Ave Artist Stage – 9/24

Levine Ave Artist Stage 500 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte

The best live music & Biergarten in Charlotte!    Saturday Line Up: 4:30 pm - The Belfast Boys 6:00 pm - Borinquen Sublime 7:30 pm - Chinobay 9:00 pm - Furia Tropikal

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Mexico Beyond Mariachi

Romare Bearden Park 300 S Church St, Charlotte

Mexican Music and Dance Mexico Beyond Mariachi is a multi-cultural ensemble of professional musicians, actors, dancers and teaching artists whose love of Mexican traditions and way of life shines bright in every performance. Our philosophy is rooted in the belief that art and culture are an integral part of the development of every individual’s outlook on life. Personal engagement, community experiences, and the celebration of commonality are themes Mexico Beyond Mariachi bring to our shows as well as to our extensive arts-in-education offerings (residencies, workshops, and lecture demonstrations). ​ Mexico Beyond Mariachi was founded in 2005 in New York City and was quickly established as one of the leading providers of Mexican performance and education programs for young people and families in the New York Tri-State area. Every year, Mexico Beyond Mariachi performs in dozens of schools, theatres, and museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museo del Barrio, Queens Theater, New Jersey...

Borinquen Sublimen – Levine Ave Artist Stage – 9/24

Levine Ave Artist Stage 500 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte

The best live music & Biergarten in Charlotte!    Saturday Line Up: 4:30 pm - The Belfast Boys 6:00 pm - Borinquen Sublime 7:30 pm - Chinobay 9:00 pm - Furia Tropikal

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Jason Hackenworth Balloon Pop-Up Performances @ Romare Bearden

Romare Bearden Park 300 S Church St, Charlotte

Sculptural Balloon Installations From Jason - There is only one thing. Consciousness. Every-thing is a fragment of the totality of consciousness. All seemingly-separate objects, trees, stones, buildings, birds, rivers, planets, stars, everything is a manifestation of consciousness into matter. Many people will argue that consciousness is a mind-created phenomenon and that when our mind ceases function, our consciousness will end. But this is only true if we make a self from it. Ultimately, there is no self, there is only the totality, and there is no end, only eternity. As an artist, I see my function as similar to a hiker on a remote trail who piles stones along the way to help others remain on the path. And as such, when I encounter dazzling works by other artists I feel a connectedness to the experience. A feeling of affirmation that others have taken this path and that it is...

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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

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Jason Hackenworth Balloon Pop-Up Performances @ The Firebird

The Firebird In Front of Knight Theater 430 S Tryon Street, Charlotte

Sculptural Balloon Installations From Jason - There is only one thing. Consciousness. Every-thing is a fragment of the totality of consciousness. All seemingly-separate objects, trees, stones, buildings, birds, rivers, planets, stars, everything is a manifestation of consciousness into matter. Many people will argue that consciousness is a mind-created phenomenon and that when our mind ceases function, our consciousness will end. But this is only true if we make a self from it. Ultimately, there is no self, there is only the totality, and there is no end, only eternity. As an artist, I see my function as similar to a hiker on a remote trail who piles stones along the way to help others remain on the path. And as such, when I encounter dazzling works by other artists I feel a connectedness to the experience. A feeling of affirmation that others have taken this path and that it is...

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I Am…It’s All Connected – (Uptown Location)

Uptown

BPA Fellow Life is filled with so many amazing moments that never make it from our screens into the physical world. Artist and Charlotte native, DavehasWingz documents the CIAF and its attendees via limited edition Polaroids. Seeking to provide a tangible memory of a singular moment and place in time for each person and interaction.  If you find Dave roaming the streets of Uptown or Ballantyne’s Backyard, simply ask him to take your picture and he will gladly provide you with a free memento that will serve as a reminder to stay connected physically even as we expand digitally!  

Chinobay – Levine Ave Artist Stage – 9/24

Levine Ave Artist Stage 500 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte

The best live music & Biergarten in Charlotte!    Saturday Line Up: 4:30 pm - The Belfast Boys 6:00 pm - Borinquen Sublime 7:30 pm - Chinobay 9:00 pm - Furia Tropikal

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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!

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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.

Furia Tropikal – Levine Ave Artist Stage – 9/24

Levine Ave Artist Stage 500 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte

The best live music & Biergarten in Charlotte!    Saturday Line Up: 4:30 pm - The Belfast Boys 6:00 pm - Borinquen Sublime 7:30 pm - Chinobay 9:00 pm - Furia Tropikal

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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.