Three days of art, performance and the unexpected.

Welcome to BOOM, Charlotte’s artist-led showcase of contemporary and experimental performance and visual art created on the fringes of popular culture.

The event is three days long, but the spirit behind it is more than a weekend experience. BOOM is a movement, born from a belief in the explosive power of art to unite and strengthen our community.

Our mission is straight forward: to spark creativity and collaboration among a diverse group of artists, performers and audiences.

To deliver on that mission, we’ve gathered a unique coalition of artists, volunteers, nonprofits, businesses and neighborhood organizations who come together to transform the way art and culture are created and shared in the Queen City. 

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BOOM Fringe Events
Our third BOOM festival will feature 30 ticketed, original performances in several small music venues of Plaza Midwood. These works are all created by the artists presenting them and are at the cutting edge of artistic exploration. Fringe features edgy, experimental, experiential, original performance work by local artists. Additional performance groups are invited from around the country. Tickets for performances and After Parties are $10. Tickets can be purchased online, at the door of the venues 30 minutes before the event or at the Intersection box office. Discounted weekend and day passes are available. Tickets will be available in March, 2018.

Quentin Talley | David Huff Photography

Performance Venues
Snug Harbor: 1228 Gordon Street
Open Door Studios: 1318-D Central Avenue
Petra’s Bar: 1919 Commonwealth Avenue

*NOTE: Purchase early! Our venues are small and sell out quickly. 

BOOM Intersection Events
The Intersection is the space in which art, culture and community collide. We’ll have free live music and performance art on our outdoor stage, curated by some of the best music and dance organizations in Charlotte. The Intersection will provide an anchor for the festival by creating a location where audience and community members can congregate in an outdoor living room with couches and a fire pit, find out more about BOOM, play in the children’s activity spaces, and participate in a free, outdoor family-friendly environment. The Intersection will include public installation and participatory visual art, and games.

BOOM is open and inclusive. We intentionally seek out diversity in race, gender, age, background and styles to present a broad range of performances and inspire as many people as possible. Join us and bring your friends and family. We can't go BOOM without YOU!

Friday, April 20, Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, 2018.

BOOM takes place in the funky and historic neighborhood of Plaza-Midwood, located a few minutes drive east of Uptown Charlotte and North Davidson (NoDa).

BOOM Production Team
BOOM is produced by a team of volunteers and advisors who believe in the power of art to unite, inspire and transform the Queen City. We are constantly seeking input from artists, art lovers, local businesses and professional organizations of all types to keep BOOM fresh and on the cutting edge of Charlotte’s cultural community.

See the Producers and Advisors for BOOM.

If we are to be an enduring, vital part of this community, we need audiences, volunteers, artists, businesses, partners and donors who understand the importance of creating an environment where the arts and talent can thrive.

We need people like you. Donate to BOOM!

BOOM is a product of Que-OS, a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to transform the way art is created and shared, and how people connect to causes and community.