Charlotte’s most exciting arts festival, BOOM, returns to Plaza Midwood April 28-30. BOOM brings together a curated group of performance and visual artists who are creating groundbreaking original music, theatre, dance, and spoken word. According to BOOM’s founder, Manoj Kesavan, “We’ve gathered a unique coalition of artists, volunteers, nonprofits, local businesses and neighborhood organizations to transform the way art is made and shared in the Charlotte.”
BOOM features local and national artists with a focus on provocative contemporary work. This year’s performers include Sinergismo, a collaborative performance art ensemble, and spoken-word phenom, Bluz Rogers. XOXO returns to BOOM with its psychedelic western, “All The Dogs and Horses” while Mall Goth wields its unique brand of absurdist musical theatre against the dangerous banality of middle America in “The Rise of Stepdad.”


Be sure to stop by BOOM’s outdoor “Intersection” stage across the street from Common Market, for non-stop music, dance, and all things unexpected. This year’s festival expands to include International House and Gallery Twenty-Two as spaces to showcase the visual arts and special guests including the 11-Word Film Festival and Tosco Music Party.
BOOM is excited to return to Plaza Midwood this year because, as Kesavan puts it, “our goal has always been to create connections between diverse artists and the widest ranging community – and we’ve intentionally chosen to do that outside of the center city. And we seek out unexpected or unused spaces – like small venues, alleyways, and parking lots – for creative installations and events. Plaza Midwood offers all this – it’s just the right distance from uptown, has good density and walkability,  great businesses, and is one of the hippest neighborhoods in Charlotte.”  While the festival embraces our neighborhood’s free-spirited edge, BOOM offers something for everyone, including food trucks and kids’ activities hosted by the Mint Museum and Charlotte Symphony.
Be sure to mark your calendars for BOOM and witness what is rapidly becoming a Charlotte institution. Kesavan has no shortage of ambition for the project, which he envisions will become “one of the largest arts festivals in the country, a reason for visitors to make Charlotte a destination, and one of the main reasons creatives move here and stay here.”
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