Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about local arts events and organizations, across many disciplines, visual and performing.
I included Artsplosure in my “21 Days of Festivals” earlier this year. I’m giving it a second listing because we’re just around the corner from the event (this coming weekend, May 17 & 18) and there’s quite a lot to enjoy about this 35th edition of the downtown Raleigh arts festival. You may even want to download the app so you don’t miss a moment.
Hundreds of juried visual arts and crafts vendor tents will line Hargett, Blount, Martin and Davie streets (around Moore Square and City Market) displaying ceramics, fiber arts, glass, jewelry, metal, paintings and wood crafts. The Main Stage for live music performances is set in Moore Square, with Kidsplosure, Plasticquarium (you won’t believe the creativity of the works created with repurposed plastic), large scale sand sculpture and a chess board. Just across Hargett Street, on the Marbles courtyard, you’ll find Art in Rhythm featuring percussion performances on steel drums and street buckets, as well as rhythmic dance.
You’ll certainly want to make a side trip to City Plaza (just a couple of blocks away) for ArtBeat, an interactive installation that is “filled with traditional and innovative musical instruments…(which) brings participants and environment together in a unique and intriguing collaboration”. ArtBeat includes Gamelan instruments, LED illuminations and bio-reactive technology created by The Renaissance Men, a collaborative team of artists and craftsmen from Asheville, NC.
As is expected with most any festival, there are multiple food vendors, trucks and dining options available during Artsplosure, making the event a prime opportunity to explore all that downtown Raleigh offers.