Creative Loafing writer PAT MORAN interviewed several of BOOM’s producers and partners in this extensive profile of the second BOOM festival. Here is an excerpt:
Out of chaos came BOOM!
Let me explain. In this case “chaos” means Que-OS, the nonprofit led by BOOM Director Manoj Kesavan, and BOOM is — well, it’s the mother of all art bombs.
BOOM landed in Plaza Midwood last year, delivering a three-day festival of avant-garde and grassroots arts, including dance, music and theater. The festival returns to the funky, artsy neighborhood this year from April 28 to April 30, with an expanded palette.
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The number of performers has multiplied, and two new venues have been added. In addition to last year’s mainstays — Petra’s, Snug Harbor, Rabbit Hole and a free outdoor stage dubbed the Intersection, BOOM 2017 will feature visual art at Twenty-Two gallery and a range of films, installations and activities at International House.
Despite the upgrade, BOOM’s essentials stay the same. It’s cheap, with show admissions ranging from $10 to free; it’s easy to navigate, with venues just a short stroll from each other; and it’s weird, with performances including a psychedelic western, an automotive-centered autobiography and dance piece for and by the visually impaired.
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