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Charlotte SHOUT! festival returns Uptown with new programming
International and local artist showcase in the fall
 
Published Sunday, April 11, 2021 1:00 pm
by Ashley Mahoney

PHOTO | BLUMENTHAL PERFORMING ARTS
Charlotte SHOUT!, the arts and culture festival, will return to Uptown Sept. 17-Oct. 3 with new programming

Charlotte SHOUT! returns to Uptown in the fall.


Blumenthal Performing Arts and Charlotte Center City Partners announced the arts and culture festival will return Sept. 17-Oct. 3. You may remember the festival from the massive inflatable bunnies, formally known as “Intrude” by Amanda Parer in 2019. International and local artists will present art installations and performances.

“Our goal is to make Charlotte SHOUT! the most inspiring annual festival in the southeast celebrating art, music, food and ideas,” Blumenthal President Tom Gabbard said in a statement. “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.”


Two programs will make their debut: “Made in CLT” and “Of Earth and Sky.” Both will highlight local creatives. “Made in CLT” is open to all Charlotte-area art, food, music and other creative acts. “Of Earth and Sky” will be a large-scale poetry installation highlighting local poets. Poets have the opportunity to participate in a workshop led 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 through Zoom. Free workshops will be held Saturdays in April and May and include writing prompts and other guidance.


“Of Earth and Sky” pieces will be selected through online submissions or through pieces created during the workshops. Winners will be announced in June. Their work will create a temporary sculpture trail throughout the city.


“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,” Rogers said.  “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.”


Applications for “Made in CLT” and “Of Earth and Sky” must be submitted by May 15.


“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,” Charlotte Center City Partners chief creative officer Robert Krumbine said. “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.”


The festival had been on hiatus since 2009. Thousands attended the 2019 revival, which included over 200 events over two weeks. Much of the festival was and will remain free, however, there will be ticketed events. The full lineup of acts will be announced over the summer.


“We are excited to continue the momentum we started in 2019 with Charlotte SHOUT!” Krumbine said. “This destination celebration brings everyone together to share the basic human need for community in an experiential extravaganza!”


To apply for “Made in CLT” or “Of Earth and Sky”: www.charlotteshout.com.

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