Raleigh, NC, August 29, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- SPARKcon, an annual showcase of creativity and talent designed to celebrate the cultural momentum of the Triangle, will host its 8th annual art festival in downtown Raleigh, N.C. More than 200 shows, acts and exhibits across more than 20 venues will take place from Thursday, Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 15 from on Fayetteville Street, In addition, the events will feature more than 2,000 artists and performers, with an anticipated 35,000 spectators. SPARKcon is being organized by Visual Art Exchange, a Raleigh nonprofit whose mission is to support emerging artists and connect the community of the arts.
SPARKcon was created in 2006 by artists at Designbox, a local collaborative workspace, as an outlet for the Triangle’s intellectual and artistic creativity. The festival features dance, film, music, fashion, design, poetry, theater and technology in a wide variety of events and exhibits. Despite growing in popularity each year, it remains a grassroots, nonprofit effort to maintain Raleigh’s distinction as the “Creative Hub of the Southeast.”
“Each year, SPARKcon brings more and more attention to the growing arts community in Raleigh,” said Sarah Powers, executive director of the Visual Art Exchange. “We are excited at the growing number of participants and spectators, and cannot wait to showcase their deep creativity and talent in this year’s festival.”
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SPARKcon is the annual showcase of creativity, innovation, originality, talent and artistry to feature the Triangle region of North Carolina as the creative hub of the South. Founded in 2006 by Beth and Aly Khalifa and Designbox, SPARKcon hosts hundreds of performances and exhibits in a unique arts festival created and organized by designers, artists, community organizers, and volunteers. The 2013 event, the eight annual SPARKcon, will be held Sept. 12-15 on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, N.C. SPARKcon is designed for local artists to help educate children, encourage tourism and allow for local economies to continue to grow. It is a program of the Visual Art Exchange, a Raleigh nonprofit whose mission is to support emerging artists and connect the community to the arts. Each year, SPARKcon has more than 50 organizers, hundreds of local talents, hundreds of volunteers helping behind the scenes and thousands of attendees. It is directly aligned with the Visual Art Exchange’s mission to support and provide opportunities for local artists. SPARKcon is unique because it is an event fully developed by artists and the creative community, who are encouraged to use their creative talent and insight to produce their own engaging and inspiring programs. For more information, visit http://www.sparkcon.com/