After a two-year pandemic-induced halt from holding its traditional in-person celebration of art, music, theater and more, BOOM Charlotte, the city’s leading showcase of creativity, is now poised to make a comeback April 22-23, with live and in-person performances and presentations at its fifth annual artist-led showcase.
During the height of the COVID-19 crisis, BOOM Charlotte, like many gallery and venue presentations and performances, was forced to move its sizable collection of creative events to an online venue.
“The pandemic forced BOOM to think creatively and pushed the contributing artists to be agile, responsive and adaptive,” BOOM’s director and founder, Manoj Kesavan said.
“With so many other events exploring online offerings, BOOM thought it should try to put something on in an online format that gave the BOOM 2020 [and later 2021] artists a chance to showcase their work in an online atmosphere that gave the audience the feeling of being at BOOM,” he said.
While the event was able to carry on through the online alternative, BOOM says they are looking forward to connecting with audiences in-person this year.
“We are very excited to be back at it, connecting artists for a live showcase,” Kesavan added. “There’s nothing like that instant feedback from a live audience and BOOM has really missed that these past two years.”
A big part of BOOM’s annual oasis of artwork and entertainment is its Fringe festival, which was the initial event that was born from a group of Charlotte artists who joined together, forming a coalition to promote and make a place where non-conventional creativity could be celebrated. .
“Fringe has been a cornerstone of encouragement to artists and the art-loving audiences they’ve had the opportunity to share their work with [and] to try something new without regard to what is deemed as acceptable by the mainstream Charlotte art scene,” said Kesavan. “BOOM Charlotte continues to be the space where you can experience art, performance, and the unexpected.”
Go, See, Do
BOOM Charlotte takes place April 22-23 at Camp North End, located at 1824 Statesville Ave. A sizable collection of art, including theater, music, visual art, film, dance and more will be available 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. the first day of the event and 1:00 p.m. ‘til midnight the following.
BOOM Fringe performances take place at indoor venues and require a ticket for entry. BOOM Intersection occurs on outdoor stages in the Boiler Yard (and surrounding locations) and offers free performances, events, installations and activities.
Here’s a list of performers and artists you’ll have an opportunity to see at BOOM Intersection. Click on any name for more details.
- Dance Artist Alliance CLT
- Deaf Andrews
- Guerilla Poets
- Patt Mostle
- Poetry Fox
- ReeCee Raps & Queen Elizabeth
- Adrienne Johnson & Irania Patterson, The Kindness Machine & Criss Cross Mangosauce
- Ali Steele
- Charlotte Culture Collective
- CLT CHALK ART
- Dylan Lloyd
- Father Mwepu
- Harry Taylor
- Hoan RAhlan
- Ife Michelle Dance
- Joseph Gallo
- Kizomba Alegria Dance Company
- Kurma Murrain
- Love & Valor
- Martha Connerton/Kinetic Works Dance
- Michael Grant/KA’Zen, AKcUracy
- Mo Pirela
- Monica Marie
- Mr. Rocky
- Nicolette Gordon
- SocafitUSA, LLC
- Spectre & Sable
- Teil Buck
- Three Body Solution
- The Garrison Experience
- Tre. Charles
- Umayal Annamalai, Umayal Art LLC
- Upcycle Arts
- Wingspan Dance
BOOM Fringe Artists
Enjoy more intimate indoor performances at BOOM Fringe, which offers individual tickets for $10 and Weekend Passes for $50. Find out more about hit year’s Fringe artists on the list included here, which also includes links to all performers.
- The Again/+
- Alexandria Nunweiler & Ashlea Sovetts: MOVE Showcase
- Kathleen Finch (Your Voice Poets Free): SPEAK Showcase
- Kaustavi Sarkar, UNC Charlotte Dance & Marc Manack, UNC Charlotte Architecture
- Kia Flow and Jerm 747, Flowtainment LLC: SPEAK Showcase
- Mariot Valcin Jr./G.M. Productions, LLC.: SPEAK Showcase
- melissa harris “gangsta carebear”
- Moving Body Dance Company
- Moving Spirits, Inc.: MOVE Showcase
- A Poet Named Superman
- RoyalCity LiF
- TwinNation: MOVE Showcase
- Rasmus Leon