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Charlotte’s Three Day Music and Art Festival

WCNC says BOOM Charlotte, is filled with music, art, theater, dance and spoken word. Here’s an excerpt:


Published Wednesday, April 24, 2019
by WCNC Staff

The fourth annual BOOM Festival is this weekend and it’s filled with music, art, theater, dance and spoken word. Here’s what you can expect from the local festival.

Spring Signals BOOM!

The Charlotte Post says the annual BOOM festival is a community gathering of diverse artistry and performance. Here’s an excerpt:

With the addition of new venues, more shows and a larger lineup of artists, the annual springtime fringe festival returns to Plaza Midwood April 26-28. It kicks off with a free preview party at 7:30 p.m. on April 25 at NoDa Brewing Co., which will include pop-up performances. An opening night afterparty will take place at Snug Harbor…

BOOM Charlotte Showcases Experimental Performance Art

The Charlotte Observer says BOOM Charlotte showcases experimental performance art for mainstream audiences . Here’s an excerpt:

The difference between fans of mainstream culture and fans of BOOM Charlotte is exactly one punctuation mark.

Mainstreamers read about “The Sacrament of Reconciliation,” where audience members make bread in someone’s home while meditating on their own lives…

Manoj Kesavan on the Charlotte BOOM Festival

WDAV Classic Public Radio reports on the 2019 BOOM Festival. Here’s an excerpt:   Manoj Kesavan on the Charlotte BOOM Festival Published Monday, April 9, 2019 8 pm Charlotte BOOM returns to the Plaza Midwood neighborhood of the Queen City for three days of art, performance and the unexpected. The event offers a variety of […]

Festival puts BOOM Into Charlotte’s Artistic Diversity

The Charlotte Post says Boom redefines what art access looks like. Here’s an excerpt:   Festival puts BOOM Into Charlotte’s Artistic Diversity Published Monday, April 2, 2018 12:05 pm by Ashley Mahoney Boom redefines what art access looks like. Charlotte’s annual fringe festival boasts unprecedented diversity because of its open-ended structure. “If it is a […]

BOOM Director Profiled for “Arts 2018”

BOOM’s Executive Director, Manoj Kesavan, is profiled in Creative Loafing’s “Arts to Watch 2018” edition, on stands the last week in 2017. Excerpt below: “Think of Wikipedia, which started 16 years ago,” Manoj Kesavan says. “If someone told you then that hundreds of thousands of people were going to spend millions of hours sharing knowledge, […]

Loafing Says BOOM is Best of Charlotte

Creative Loafing says our second BOOM festival and our executive director, Manoj Kesavan, are the BEST OF CHARLOTTE in 2017. Here’s the full writeup:   Best Performing Arts Explosion Last April, BOOM detonated in Plaza Midwood for the second year in a row, unleashing a bigger, brighter fireball of avant-garde and grassroots arts, dance, music and theater. […]

We got a BOB Award!

Since 1997, Charlotte Magazine has dedicated its May issue to the BEST OF THE BEST, known as the BOB Awards, which recognizes the city’s finest in food and drink, nightlife, entertainment, shopping, mind and body, and more — hundreds of winners in all. This year the BOOM festival won for the “Arts Festival” category, stating: “For three […]

Loafing says “Local Artists Make Charlotte More Inclusive”

Creative Loafing reporter Mark Kemp wrote a glowing article about the diversity and inclusivity of the BOOM festival after attending several performances over the weekend. Kemp writes: But the crowd of people who poured into Plaza Midwood last weekend was different. It wasn’t just a rainbow of races, ethnicities and cultures, although that certainly was an […]