(March 9, 2022) Charlotte, NC – Blumenthal Performing Arts is thrilled to announce the launch of a new festival that will celebrate local and international arts across genres, mediums, and cultures for multiple weeks of enjoyment in the heart of Uptown Charlotte September 16–October 2, 2022. For more information, visit  


The inspiring 17-day festival will bring to Charlotte exceptional artists and entertainment from around the world, as well as showcase local international cultures and traditions. 


The Blumenthal staff is actively working to bring a dynamic collection of artists from countries such as Italy, Australia, Belgium, the U.K., France, Canada, as well as cities across the U.S. Local artists and performers will have a prominent role, particularly those rooted in international cultures. 


The annual festivities will infuse Uptown with fun, family-friendly activities, and lively entertainment around every corner. The Queen City will bustle with live performances, conversations with thought leaders, immersive art installations, and an abundance of inspired creations with a focus on the visual and performing arts—all in celebration of creativity, innovation, and community. 


Blumenthal Performing Arts has been building its capacity and experience with festivals in recent years, starting with the Charlotte Jazz Festival. Breakin’ Convention, an international hip hop dance festival presented for three years, melded hip hop groups from around the world with local artists. In 2019, Blumenthal was honored to assist in relaunching Charlotte Shout! along with the festival’s co-producer, Charlotte Center City Partners. 


“Now is the perfect time to launch a new festival to celebrate creativity, cultural traditions, and community,” said Blumenthal President and CEO, Tom Gabbard. “The arts foster greater understanding and respect for each other.” 


Gabbard added, “Charlotte is fortunate to have many different festivals throughout the year. The launch of this new festival aims uniquely to expand the artistic identity of Charlotte and celebrate the best from around the world and around the corner in arts and creativity.” 


The majority of events will be free and outdoors. Most activities will take place in Center City Charlotte so that it’s a pedestrian-friendly experience. Details will begin to emerge in late spring. To be among the first to know, sign up at




Blumenthal Performing Arts serves the Carolinas as a leading cultural, entertainment and education provider. For more information, call (704) 372-1000 or visit Blumenthal Performing Arts receives operating support from the North Carolina Arts Council. Blumenthal Performing Arts is also supported by PNC Bank, sponsor of the PNC Broadway Lights.