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Charlotte Magazine Spring Arts Preview includes BOOM

Charlotte Magazine included our festival as part of their Spring Arts Preview for 2017: “Boom Is Back! The artist-run festival BOOM (April 28-30) will utilize several venues in Plaza Midwood—including Petra’s, Snug Harbor, and a makeshift outdoor stage. There will be performances from local and national acts in theater, dance, visual art, performance art, and […]

BOOM Executive Director featured in Creative Loafing

BOOM’s Executive Director Manoj P. Kesavan was profiled in a Creative Loafing in an article titled “5 Artists Who Will Not be Ignored.” The article, written by BOOM’s social media manager Kia A. Moore, discusses Kesavan’s nickname of Cultural Catalyst and describes how the architect-turned-rogue arts organizer has pushed, confronted and contributed to the city’s […]

BOOM Receives ASC Cultural Vision Grant

Launched in August of 2015, the Arts and Science Council’s Cultural Vision Grants program started with an initiative to grow the Charlotte community’s interest in arts, science, history and heritage programming. The grant provides up to $10,000 to Charlotte-Mecklenburg based individuals and non-profits to create projects that build community by connecting people through cultural diversity […]

BOOM’s Signature Art by Nico Amortegui

We’re thrilled to reveal the signature art for BOOM 2017 created by Charlotte artist Nico Amortegui! The image is Nico’s take on the traditional performing arts symbol of theatrical masks, but with a freaky, fringey touch. We love it! Look for the artwork on the upcoming BOOM poster, website and other materials. Big thanks to […]

BOOM receives $35K from Knight Foundation

Thank you, Knight Foundation for believing in our BOOM Fringe Festival! Not only did we get a grant of $35,000, many of our festival partners and supporters were also funded, including: On Q Productions, XOXO_Ensemble Performance, Tosco Music Party, Charlotte Center for Literary Arts, 100 Words Film Festival, ArtPop, Jazz Arts Initiative – and of […]

BOOM named “Best Performing Arts Extravaganza!”

Thank you, Creative Loafing for naming BOOM “Best Performing Arts Extravaganza!” and saying: “In April, this three-day Charlotte showcase of experimental and contemporary performance and visual art dominated Plaza Midwood. Organized by the creatives who make up Que-Os — the collective responsible for Charlotte’s Pecha Kucha — BOOM featured entertainment from Q.C. groups like XOXO, […]