Blumenthal Performing Arts launches the Charlotte International Arts Festival

CHARLOTTE, NC — The lineup has been announced for Blumenthal’s new Charlotte International Arts Festival.

The annual festival will celebrate local and international arts across various genres, mediums and cultures from September 16 to October 2 in and around Charlotte.

Officials say the Uptown venues in Ballantyne will transform into a sensory playground for all ages with exceptional performers and entertainment from more than 10 countries, as well as a showcase of local international cultures and traditions.

With many events free and open to the public, officials say paid events and shows will cost $5 and up.

The festival lineup was announced alongside the launch of a new website at

“Blumenthal has been building capacity for a festival of this scale for some time, from the Charlotte Jazz Festival to Charlotte Shout!” said Blumenthal CEO Tom Gabbard. “Charlotte is a top 25 metropolitan city. Our community is ready for a festival on the scale of other major art festivals around the world. We are excited to bring fascinating art and entertainment from around the world, as well as showcasing rich international cultures right here in town. In addition to paid events, we are also delighted to offer discovery opportunities; maybe you’re walking down the street or going out to dinner and discovering a new work of art you’ve never seen before or experiencing something new. That’s what we bring during this 17-day festival: moments of joy, discovery and play for all ages.

While the festival will be centered in Uptown, officials say Blumenthal is excited to partner with several other campuses that will host events and facilities throughout the city, including Ballantyne’s Backyard.

“We are honored to partner with Blumenthal Performing Arts and bring these captivating exhibits to the backyard of Ballantyne,” said Hailey Rorie, director of community relations at the Northwood office. “Northwood is committed to supporting the local arts community, and we invite the greater Charlotte area to discover and enjoy more inspiring installations through CREATE Ballantyne this fall.”

Officials say the Queen City will be teeming with live performances, immersive art installations and an abundance of inspired creations focused on the visual and performing arts, all to celebrate creativity, innovation and community.

Keep an eye on and @cltartsfest for the latest information.

Officials say some featured festival acts include:

  • Architects of the Air Luminarium, from Nottingham, UK, an immersive experience that invites visitors into a world outside the normal and everyday through labyrinthine tunnels and cavernous domes of saturated colors accompanied by a soft sensory soundscape. The exhibit runs for the duration of the festival, September 16 through October 2 in Ballantyne’s backyard. Tickets are $5.
  • Light Lapis Blue returns to transform the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center on East 4th Street into an inspired work of art, creating beauty that transcends space to connect us with a sense of wonder, possibility and hope. Family performances will feature aerial dancers swinging from the 12-story building, floor dancers and larger-than-life projected images. Performances at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. between September 30 and October 2. Free entry.
  • Man, a large-scale contemporary version of Rodin’s “The Thinker”. The man holds his head in search of answers and invites visitors to do the same. The man will set up camp in Ballantyne’s garden; it is free and open to the public for the duration of the festival, from September 16 to October 2.
  • Flowering of SWAY, a colorful and spirited spectacle presented by aerial acrobats atop 15-foot swinging masts. Originally commissioned for Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival, the performance is inspired by the beautiful flowers of the Smoky Mountains in a celebration of the natural world. The performances will take place from September 16 to 18; September 22 to 25; and from September 29 to October 2.

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