BOOM! Charlotte Art Festival returns after COVID cancellations


Artists Dammit Wesley and Narly are working on a Nico Amortegui-inspired mural for BOOM in this archive photo. The annual contemporary and experimental art showcase returns this spring after being canceled for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The annual artist-run BOOM Charlotte festival will return this year after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fifth annual art and performance event will be held April 22-23 at Plaza Midwood, festival organizers said on Friday.

BOOM Charlotte offers art and film exhibitions, as well as dance, music and comedy performances. It creates spaces where “avant-garde, provocative and downright bizarre art can be exhibited just steps from the family-friendly art offerings,” festival organizers said on their Facebook page.

This is the last festival to return to the city during the pandemic, including Charlotte SHOUT! and Charlotte’s Festival In the Park, both held in September. For two years, BOOM hosted a mix of online and limited-capacity shows.

What’s new at the BOOM Charlotte festival this year?

New this year, BOOM has created categories for submitted work:

BOOM Fringe, original experimental art executed in intimate settings.

BOOM Intersection, an open-air art showcase created in a central space free for all ages.

BOOM Street, various kinds of art experiences without a stage or gallery which allows people to walk around in outdoor mini art experiences.

The deadline to apply is midnight on February 4th. Decisions for Fringe will be announced on February 28 and Intersection and Street on March 15.

In addition to artists, BOOM also needs volunteers for roles such as set-up and teardown, box office sales, and brand ambassadors from April 22-25. A volunteer form is available on the festival website.

This story was originally published January 7, 2022 12:37 pm.

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