Charlotte SHOUT! Announces Highly Anticipated Return to Uptown Charlotte
Vica Bondurant, Charlotte Center City Partners
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Joy West, Blumenthal Performing Arts
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CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 2, 2021– Charlotte Center City Partners and Blumenthal Performing Arts have announced the long-awaited return of Charlotte SHOUT! – taking over the heart of Uptown Charlotte Sept. 17 – Oct. 3, 2021.
Entwining internationally acclaimed artists and art installations— including the return of Amanda Parer’s Intrude (inflatable bunnies)— with local creatives, thought leaders and culinarians, the multi-week celebration seeks to bring the community together to discover anew the vibrant sights, sounds and streets of Center City.
“Our goal is to make Charlotte SHOUT! the most inspiring annual festival in the southeast celebrating art, music, food and ideas,” said Blumenthal President Tom Gabbard. “This year we will especially savor the chance to safely be together again to enjoy our vibrant city, and the creativity that helps to define it.”
Charlotte SHOUT! 2019 marked the first time Charlotte Center City Partners and Blumenthal Performing Arts partnered together to plan and produce the festival, which had been on hiatus since 2009. The festival’s inaugural revival drew thousands of visitors to more than 200 events over its two-week run. That success led to expanding the festival to three weeks and has launched a worldwide search for unique and thrilling festival content, many of which will be free to the public.
“We are excited to continue the momentum we started in 2019 with Charlotte SHOUT!” said Robert Krumbine, Chief Creative Officer for Charlotte Center City Partners. “This destination celebration brings everyone together to share the basic human need for community in an experiential extravaganza!”
This year’s festival will debut two programs aimed at recognizing and showcasing local creativity and talent. Applications are now open at www.charlotteshout.com for Made in CLT, the umbrella moniker for participating Charlotte-area acts, and Of Earth and Sky, a large-scale poetry installation project featuring pieces from local poets.
“In addition to talent from around the world, we’re actively searching for local artists from all areas of Charlotte’s vibrant creative community to participate in this year’s festival,” said Krumbine. “Whether you’re a local musician, a playwright, an acrobat, a master chef or a graffiti artist, there could be a spot for you in our lineup.”
Made in CLT invites creatives to think outside the box and bring their unique ideas, energy and passion to the festival. The categories for participation include art, music, food and ideas. Applications are due by May 15, 2021.
Poets interested in participating in the Of Earth and Sky project are invited to attend a workshop hosted by Emmy award-winning poet Boris “Bluz” Rogers and National Poetry Slam champions Jay Ward and Jordan Bailey at the Middleton McMillan Gallery at Spirit Square or via ZOOM. Held each Saturday this April and May, the free workshops will allow poets to learn more about the Of Earth and Sky vision and receive writing prompts to help guide their work.
“The goal for the Of Earth and Sky project is to poetically amplify the voices of Charlotte residents, with the workshops functioning as a way to help those edit and fine tune their work before submitting,” said Rogers. “The curation team will simply be looking for honesty and creativity, so whether you have been writing for 40 years or 4 minutes, we will be accepting submissions from everyone with a poem in their heart.”
Winning pieces created through the workshops or submitted online will be announced in June. The pieces will then be curated and installed across multiple locations in Charlotte, forming a temporary sculpture trail. Learn more about Of Earth and Sky and the workshops here.
To celebrate the announcement of Charlotte SHOUT!’s return, Victoria Yards and The Square at Spirit Square will host a variety of performances and activities beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 2. For more information about events tonight and throughout the weekend, click here.
The full lineup of musical acts, installations, performances and conversations will be announced this summer. To sign up for updates and learn more about Charlotte SHOUT!, visit www.CharlotteShout.com.
Additionally, as SHOUT! comes together, sponsorship opportunities will be available. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or partner, please reach out to Vica Bondurant (email@example.com).
Approved images: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmEaD1MW
2019 Charlotte SHOUT! Highlight Reel: https://youtu.be/iERHOkfRoEQ
ABOUT BLUMENTHAL PERFORMING ARTS
Blumenthal Performing Arts serves the Carolinas as a leading cultural, entertainment and education provider. For more information, call (704) 372-1000 or visit BlumenthalArts.org. Blumenthal Performing Arts receives operating support from the Arts & Science Council and North Carolina Arts Council. Blumenthal Performing Arts is also supported by PNC Bank, sponsor of the PNC Broadway Lights.
ABOUT CHARLOTTE CENTER CITY PARTNERS
Charlotte Center City Partners boldly envisions and activates strategies and actions that will assure Charlotte Center City is a welcoming and equitable, economically vibrant, culturally rich and beloved place for all. For more information, please visit www.charlottecentercity.org.