GET INVOLVED with the 2023 Charlotte International Arts Festival!

June 5, 2023 / Blog

(June 5, 2023) Charlotte, NC – The second annual Charlotte International Arts Festival (CIAF), a Blumenthal Performing Arts Original, will return to Charlotte September 15–October 1, 2023. The festival, which brings spectacular international arts and entertainment from all over the world, is also a celebration of the rich international cultures and local arts that are thriving in Charlotte. The 2023 class of Blumenthal Fellows has just been announced. Applications are now open for four other programs that will showcase local talent across genres in various locations from Uptown to South Charlotte throughout the duration of the festival. More information and application links can be found at


Applications are now open for the following programs.



Part surprise, part treasure hunt, 100 TINY THINGS are playful, curious, and delightfully disruptive installations that act as creative urban repair, a way to manipulate the mundane and to interpret serious architecture with a personified flair.


Each artist will receive a stipend of $200 per project.


100 Tiny Things Application



Cultural Stages grants will be awarded to performing artists (bands, dancers, magicians, storytellers, etc.) to present work that is representative of their culture.


Each selected artist or group will receive a stipend of $1,000 for a full-length performance or $250 for a pop-up performance.


Cultural Stages Application



Each selected artist will receive a 60-minute time slot for performing outdoors in either Uptown Charlotte or Ballantyne.


Each artist will receive a stipend of $250.


Hometown Sounds Application



Members of Charlotte’s international cultural groups will be invited to represent their communities with a table at the CIAF International Bazaar on September 30th in Founder’s Hall. Reps can sell products or share information, all with the aim to spotlight the organizations, artisans, and craftspeople in Charlotte’s multicultural communities. 


International Bazaar Application


To submit an application, visit


In addition to these exciting ways the local community can get involved in CIAF, Blumenthal is thrilled to announce that the 2023 class of Blumenthal Fellows has been selected. For the second year, nine artists participating in the program will present visual art installations alongside the national and international acts and projects that are brought to town during CIAF for the thousands of festival attendees who come to enjoy public events.


Fellows will receive a stipend to produce their work.


The 2023 Blumenthal Fellows are:

  • Angela Clousher
  • Anuja Jain
  • Mike Wirth
  • Greg Urquhart
  • Tara Spil
  • Laurie Smithwick
  • Rosa Diaz
  • Claire Kiester
  • Dorne Pentes

Congratulations to these talented artists!


At the inaugural CIAF in 2022, Blumenthal Fellows showed their work at various festival locations from Uptown to South Charlotte. More about the 2022 Blumenthal Fellows’ CIAF projects can be found here.


A full festival lineup announcement is coming soon. For more information, keep an eye on


Follow CIAF on social for updates, location details, and surprises! 

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