BOOM Festival Pivots to Become Virtual Forum for Community Voices. Here’s an excerpt:
Published in June 2020
In mid-March, when it became apparent that the COVID-19 crisis was on a collision course with BOOM, Manoj Kesavan temporarily pulled the plug on Charlotte’s biggest, best and riskiest arts festival.But you can’t defuse an arts explosion for long. BOOM had built a reputation for flexibility, says Kesavan, the founder and executive director of the three-day grassroots avant-garde arts festival that takes place each year in Plaza Midwood.
“Unlike [other] organizations that are set in what they do, we are able to adapt quickly,” Kesavan asserts.
A Call to Create, BOOM’s latest adaptation to swiftly moving events, goes up in July. The event invites artists and performers to respond to the current state of affairs, specifically the Black Lives Matter protests that continue to sweep Charlotte and the country in the wake of George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis at the hands of a police officer. From 4-7 p.m. on July 11, artists will express themselves live and online to a virtual audience.