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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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Heart and Sole CLT

Brooklyn Collective 229 S Brevard St, Charlotte

BPA Fellow Experience Charlotte’s most memorable and notable places through the contribution of the community in a most unconventional fashion...through the Air Jordan 1 High OG. Heart and Sole CLT preserves the city’s soul and history and combines it with the present by using the iconic shoe of one of Charlotte’s most famous residents, Michael Jordan, former professional basketball player and owner of the Charlotte Hornets, as the canvas.

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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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Brooklyn: The Collective Memory

Studio 229 229 S Brevard St, Charlotte

BPA Fellow The Collective Memory project commemorates and celebrates Charlotte's once vibrant Black Wall Street community known as Brooklyn -- upholding the legacies of those who came before us one brick at a time. The interactive experience invites people to learn the history of the once flourishing Brooklyn neighborhood through life-size portraits, archival books, and documented videos of former residents sharing their stories. Shedding light on urban renewal and the displacement of minority communities as a by-product, this immersive experience gives visitors an understanding of how we navigate the effects of moving people in and out of spaces as infrastructures grow. Collaborator: Sam Hoggs.   This event is free, but registration is required. Tickets for this event are available through Eventbrite.   Thursday 9/29 - https://Day1TheCollectiveMemories.eventbrite.com Friday 9/30 - https://Day2TheCollectiveMemories.eventbrite.com Saturday 10/1 - https://Day3TheCollectiveMemories.eventbrite.com  

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Heart and Sole CLT

Brooklyn Collective 229 S Brevard St, Charlotte

BPA Fellow Experience Charlotte’s most memorable and notable places through the contribution of the community in a most unconventional fashion...through the Air Jordan 1 High OG. Heart and Sole CLT preserves the city’s soul and history and combines it with the present by using the iconic shoe of one of Charlotte’s most famous residents, Michael Jordan, former professional basketball player and owner of the Charlotte Hornets, as the canvas.

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Luminarium – Architects of Air by Alan Parkinson

Ballantyne’s Backyard 11611 N Community House Rd, Charlotte

Architects of Air will reopen Saturday, Oct. 1 & Sunday, Oct. 2 at 10 am A sensory experience of light, color, and sound From the Guggenheim in Spain to the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the monumental and interactive walk-in sculptures of Architects of Air, designed by Alan Parkinson, have astounded audiences across the globe. Architects of Air have toured the luminaria since 1992 and visited 43 countries. The luminarium offers a dazzling maze of winding paths and soaring domes where Islamic architecture, Archimedean solids, and Gothic cathedrals meld into an inspiring monument to the beauty of light and color, and where visitors can happily lose themselves. The installation awakens all the senses, creating a sense of wonder and enchantment for all ages. Visitors are transported and immersed into an amazing world of light and subtle and saturated hues, for a unique sensory experience, and brings visual art to places...

$5
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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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Bloom!

Southpark Mall 4400 Sharon Rd, Charlotte

Nature-Themed Acrobatic Sway Pole Artists (Australia) Bloom! is a colorful and spirited aerial spectacle performed atop SWAY’s bespoke 15-foot sway poles. Inspired by the beautiful flowers of the Smoky Mountains, Bloom! features the aerial antics of three, highly skilled and equally colorful performers. Drawing parallels with the world of humans, Bloom! explores themes of individuality, diversity, transformation, and community. 20 minutes in length and accompanied by Ania Reynold’s original soundtrack, Bloom! celebrates the natural world of the ephemeral.

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Bees

Southpark Mall 4400 Sharon Rd, Charlotte

Interactive Children’s Performance Bees by Polyglot Theatre (Australia) is a joyful interactive work in which children are welcomed into a world of community, communication, wonder, and imagination. Explore a buzzing, humming hive of activity, as three human-sized Bees busy themselves in the creation of a community alongside children who transform into bees as they play. The bees are fascinating, strange, and beautiful, traversing invisible pathways and mapping delicate patterns across the performance space. Inspired by the mysterious life and work of bees, this re-imagining of public space involves the slow uncovering of an intricate unseen world. Children are immersed in the sounds, shapes, and scents of the bee world, from their familiar buzz to honeycomb houses. Bees uses ritual, non-verbal communication, and the secret world of bee movement to provide a range of access points for children to participate.     --------------------------------- Polyglot Theatre is a world-renowned contemporary theatre company based in...

Global Improv Project – Trash Kingdom Improv Comedy Show

Online Charlotte

Join the Trash Kingdom, our Global Improv Project Team that consists of improvisers from the US, India, Brussels, the Philippines, and the UK. This seasoned team of women and non-binary performers will leave you laughing and with a smile for the rest of the day.   https://fb.me/e/28ZPBr6Yg    

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Bloom!

Southpark Mall 4400 Sharon Rd, Charlotte

Nature-Themed Acrobatic Sway Pole Artists (Australia) Bloom! is a colorful and spirited aerial spectacle performed atop SWAY’s bespoke 15-foot sway poles. Inspired by the beautiful flowers of the Smoky Mountains, Bloom! features the aerial antics of three, highly skilled and equally colorful performers. Drawing parallels with the world of humans, Bloom! explores themes of individuality, diversity, transformation, and community. 20 minutes in length and accompanied by Ania Reynold’s original soundtrack, Bloom! celebrates the natural world of the ephemeral.

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Bees

Southpark Mall 4400 Sharon Rd, Charlotte

Interactive Children’s Performance Bees by Polyglot Theatre (Australia) is a joyful interactive work in which children are welcomed into a world of community, communication, wonder, and imagination. Explore a buzzing, humming hive of activity, as three human-sized Bees busy themselves in the creation of a community alongside children who transform into bees as they play. The bees are fascinating, strange, and beautiful, traversing invisible pathways and mapping delicate patterns across the performance space. Inspired by the mysterious life and work of bees, this re-imagining of public space involves the slow uncovering of an intricate unseen world. Children are immersed in the sounds, shapes, and scents of the bee world, from their familiar buzz to honeycomb houses. Bees uses ritual, non-verbal communication, and the secret world of bee movement to provide a range of access points for children to participate.     --------------------------------- Polyglot Theatre is a world-renowned contemporary theatre company based in...

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Bloom!

Southpark Mall 4400 Sharon Rd, Charlotte

Nature-Themed Acrobatic Sway Pole Artists (Australia) Bloom! is a colorful and spirited aerial spectacle performed atop SWAY’s bespoke 15-foot sway poles. Inspired by the beautiful flowers of the Smoky Mountains, Bloom! features the aerial antics of three, highly skilled and equally colorful performers. Drawing parallels with the world of humans, Bloom! explores themes of individuality, diversity, transformation, and community. 20 minutes in length and accompanied by Ania Reynold’s original soundtrack, Bloom! celebrates the natural world of the ephemeral.

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Bees

Southpark Mall 4400 Sharon Rd, Charlotte

Interactive Children’s Performance Bees by Polyglot Theatre (Australia) is a joyful interactive work in which children are welcomed into a world of community, communication, wonder, and imagination. Explore a buzzing, humming hive of activity, as three human-sized Bees busy themselves in the creation of a community alongside children who transform into bees as they play. The bees are fascinating, strange, and beautiful, traversing invisible pathways and mapping delicate patterns across the performance space. Inspired by the mysterious life and work of bees, this re-imagining of public space involves the slow uncovering of an intricate unseen world. Children are immersed in the sounds, shapes, and scents of the bee world, from their familiar buzz to honeycomb houses. Bees uses ritual, non-verbal communication, and the secret world of bee movement to provide a range of access points for children to participate.     --------------------------------- Polyglot Theatre is a world-renowned contemporary theatre company based in...

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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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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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VS Guitar Duo & Friends

Stage Door Theater 155 N. College Street, Charlotte

Starring Vadim Kolpakov & Sasha Kolpakov VS Guitar Duo is a unique duet consisting of Vadim Kolpakov, the famous seven-string guitarist and special guest artist of Madonna’s “Sticky & Sweet" world tour, along with his nephew, virtuoso Sasha Kolpakov. These two musicians continue the tradition of the famous Kolpakov family’s Russian-Gypsy artistic dynasty, which is already in the third generation. Vadim and Sasha Kolpakov unite music from different parts of the world and conquer the hearts of audiences with incendiary melodies and dances that originated centuries ago in the Romani camps of Russia and Europe. The VS Guitar Duo program combines music from different parts of the world, including Romani (Gypsy) music, American Jazz, Latin, and Spanish Flamenco. The VS Guitar Duo play concerts all over the world with invariable success. Their colorful performances delight spectators with a unique combination of Roma-Gypsy traditions and modern sound. They have performed extensively...

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I Am Queen Charlotte

Knight Theater 430 S Tryon St, Charlotte

I Am QUEEN CHARLOTTE is a citywide, multi-platform experience that centers and celebrates the lives, stories, and contributions of Black Women in Charlotte. I Am Queen Charlotte is a stage show created by two Black women to share stories about Black women. The Epoch Tribe duo has been telling the stories of marginalized communities for nearly 15 years, but it’s the stories of Black people that are the cornerstone of their work. I Am Queen is an opportunity to widen the scope of what it’s like to live, love and evolve as Black women through their own voices against the backdrop of stunning visuals and sounds, live and onstage. It’s an experience. It’s for us, by us, but all are welcome to bask in the warmth.   https://youtu.be/Zn6hfBQQBW0

$19.50

Tabitha Brown “Cooking From The Spirit”

Belk Theater 130 North Tryon Street, Charlotte

Join bestselling author and popular actress Tabitha Brown for an evening celebrating her first cookbook, COOKING FROM THE SPIRIT, that will not only serve as a remedy for the body but a restorative for the soul. Tab lived with a terrible undiagnosed illness for more than a year and a half before she was finally able to find a way to stop the chronic pain – a vegan diet. The increasingly popular lifestyle change was near-miraculous, inspiring Tab to start sharing her favorite plant-based recipes with millions of others so that they too might improve their own lives. Tickets to this event include access to a live event with Tabitha and a copy of COOKING FROM THE SPIRIT (published by HarperCollins, a $30 value).

$44.50