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XPAND FEST – JUNE 9TH, 2018! 12PM – 10PM
Coming up this weekend we have another incredible Asheville Festival! Xpand Fest, produced by Xpand Your Vision in partnership with Art Studio World and support from The South Slope Neighborhood Association will be brining 40+ performing groups, 6 musical performance locations an engaging Interactive Arts Arcade including an education stage, 45+ local art, interactive and food vendors including special festival brews by Bhramari & Green Man Brewing. Xpand Fest will continue to impact the creative industry and community of Asheville with uniquely engaging elements that inspire action.
After talking with the Executive Director at Xpand Brand, Johanna Hagarty, we got the inside scoop on this one of kind festival! Johanna is a seasoned Event Producer who has worked in all aspects of the the production side, brought her vision to life of an arts-based event that also brought in the conversation about Asheville’s sustainable growth and cultural inclusion. With her experience producing events and also as a Qualified Mental Health Professional, she has found that people feel more comfortable and tend to open up more when the arts are involved.
This year’s festival Johanna is really looking forward to the multidimensional collaborations that are most widely represented on their CommUnity Stage. The goal is that this is the start of the authentic conversations that lead to action and advocacy for all communities in Asheville.
When first learning about Xpand Fest at it’s inception, one aspect that really stuck out was their use of the 17 goals the United Nations identified as “global goals” that include good health and well being, reducing inequalities, sustainable cities and communities and more. “These are topics that we charge Xpand Fest participants and Asheville locals to think about for ourselves and to come up with unique and timely solutions to our current challenges.”
What makes Xpand Fest Unique?
“We are only as unique as the staff, sponsors, creators, artists, vendors, musicians/performers, speakers, and attendees. We have seen so much support and love for this event, which is only in the second year, we are confident it will continue to develop it’s own special flavor that many will enjoy for years to come.”
There will be many incredible local acts throughout the day and the musical headliner will be New Orleans finest gumbo of funk, Big Sam’s Funky Nation!
Blog by Marisa Blake
Be sure to Check out Xpand Fest Saturday June 9th from 12pm -10pm.
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