Three days of art, performance and the unexpected.

Welcome to BOOM, Charlottes artist-led performance and visual arts showcase of contemporary and experimental works created on the fringes of popular culture.

The three-day arts experience is a movement that believes in the explosive power of art to unite and strengthen our community. It believes art is transformational and can bridge traditional divides.

BOOM’s mission is simple: to spark creativity and collaboration among a diverse group of artists, performers, and audiences. To achieve that mission we convene artists, volunteers, nonprofits, businesses and neighborhood organizations to form a unique coalition working to transform the way arts and culture are created and shared in Charlotte.

We are intentionally reaching across the cultural divisions to bring together a team of creatives with a vision.  BOOM is the realization of that ever-evolving vision that changes with the community and artists curatorial team

This year’s BOOM will take place in the neighborhood of Plaza-Midwood from Friday, April 17 to Sunday, April 19, 2020.

BOOM Fringe features the edgy, the experimental, and the experiential groundbreaking works of local and national artists. Our fourth BOOM festival will feature 30 ticketed performances. These performance will take place in several small venues in Plaza Midwood. All works are original fringe-worthy pieces created by the presenting artists. Tickets for performances and after parties are $10. They can be purchased online, at the door of the venues 30 minutes before the performance, or at the Intersection box office. Discounted weekend and day passes are available. Tickets will be available March 2020.

Quentin Talley | David Huff Photography

BOOM Intersection is the outdoor space in which art, culture and community collide. Some of Charlotte’s best performance arts organizations curate this outdoor stage with live music and performance art that is free and open to the public.

The Intersection is the epicenter of the festival. It becomes a location for artists, audiences, and community members to come together and enjoy live art in an outdoor living room complete with couches and a fire pit. It also serves as a place of play for children in designated activity spaces. It is the location to find out more about BOOM.

The Intersection includes live performances, public installation, participatory visual art, and games.

BOOM Film new in 2020, will present fringe art films during BOOM in collaboration with Carolina Film Festival and CineOdyssey Film Festival on Saturday, April 18.

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!

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. Their input keeps BOOM fresh and on the cutting edge of Charlotte’s cultural community.

See the Producers and Advisors for BOOM.

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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.