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May 19-21, 2017

Artwork by over 170 juried fine artists and craftspeople exhibiting original works of art in 10 different categories will be available for purchase, including painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, woodwork and more. Artists’ booths will line Fayetteville St. Artlets will anchor the streets intersecting Fayetteville St, With performance stages on Fayetteville St. Artsplosure highlights superb performing artists, with an emphasis on jazz, blues, traditional and roots-inspired musicians. Moore Square will also be home to a kid musician stage at Kidsplosure!

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Festival Highlights

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Thursday Preview Sponsor:
Smith Moore Leatherwood

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Friday Sponsor:
News + Observer

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Saturday Sponsor:
Wake Med

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Sunday Sponsor:
Blue Cross Blue Shield NC

Architects of Air build ‘luminaria’ – monumental inflatable structures designed to generate a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and colour. From, Hong Kong to Honolulu, Taipei to Tel Aviv, Sydney to Singapore, the monumental walk-in sculptures of Architects of Air have enchanted audiences around the world. Since 1992, over 3 million visitors in 41 countries across 5 continents have immersed themselves in the spectacular, luminous world of Architects of Air. Built in 2016, Katena takes its name from the catenary curve – the shape of a chain suspended between 2 points. Gaudi used suspended chains when he designed the Sagrada Familia. The catenary has a visual sympathy with pneumatic forms and in Katena. Entering the airlock provides the first encounter with the catenary as the airlock windows are in the form of the inverted catenary. Proceeding then to the first of the 3 dodecahedral domes the catenary makes its appearance as a motif generated by displaced seams. Catenary curves may be found elsewhere in the structure – altogether there are more than 100. The Main Dome of Katena is said to resemble a pineapple and has been likened to a Hindu temple from the inside. Its construction was particularly intricate with a fine mesh of riveted and sewn reinforcement defining the shape and over 200 colour spots swirling upward to a green finial.

Children under the age of 16 to be accompanied by an adult.

Artsplosure crowd watching performers

Artsplosure Festival Lawn

Fayetteville Street
May 19-21

Sponsored by: Briggs Hardware

It’s not a music festival without a festival lawn! Relax in the grass right in front of our main stage on Fayetteville St! Bring a lawn chair, blanket, or your bare feet to this pop-up parklet in the middle of downtown Raleigh! Brought to you by your downtown Briggs Hardware store.

Artsplosure Student Art Exhibition

Student Art Exhibition

PNC Plaza Lobby (Fayetteville Street)
Friday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Student Art Exhibition and activities in the PNC Plaza Lobby are free and open to the public. Original artwork by some of the best Wake County middle and high school student artists.

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Art Pianos

Fayetteville Street
May 19-21

Media Sponsors: WBRG, The City Insight, Triangle A&E

Back by popular demand, come tickle the ivories on our outdoor pianos located on Fayetteville street. They are painted by local artist, Dare Coulter.

Red Trouser Show juggling bowling pins

The Red Trouser Show

Fayetteville Street
May 19-21

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Sponsored by: Suntrust
Media Sponsor: Beltline Buzz

Acrobats Tobin Renwick and David Graham are The Red Trouser Show. Do not miss this chance to check out their awe-inspiring feats from juggling fire to balancing acts as they perform throughout Artsplosure!

Statue Viva posing

Statue Viva

Fayetteville Street
May 19-21

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Sponsored by: North State Bank
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Statues come to life with Statute Viva’s creative interactive performance!

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Triangle Potters Guild

Fayetteville Street
May 19-21

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Sponsored by: Clark Nexsen

Comprised of professional and recreational potters and ceramists, the organization was formed to the promote the art and craft of ceramics across the region.

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Pop-Up Artlet

Fayetteville Street
Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

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Sponsored by: Elliott Davis Decosimo

Pop-up artistic experiences that encompass the full range of artistic expression. Music, dance, theatre, and more!

Theatre artwork featuring humans with animal heads


Fayetteville Street
Saturday: 12:00 – 4:00 pm

Raleigh Arts Commission Logo - Light green circles and text, black text, all lowercase

Sponsored by: City of Raleigh Arts Commission

To celebrate the ten year anniversary of the Art-On-The-Move project the City of Raleigh is turning the R-Line into the aRt-Line. The bus will become a moving stage featuring performances by actors, comedians, and musicians. The event is free and open to the public.

Over-sized chess game set out on the grass


Fayetteville Street
Saturday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

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Sponsored by: Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan LLP

Challenge a friend to a game of larger-than-life chess!

Lego city skyline

Build the Raleigh Skyline!

The City of Raleigh Museum
May 18-21

The City of Raleigh Museum is excited to celebrate International Museum Day and Artsplosure! From Thursday, May 18th until Sunday May 21st, you can help us construct the skyline of Raleigh using miniature building blocks. Guests of all ages will be able to help with this fun community art project!

The City of Raleigh Museum is located at 220 Fayetteville St. and is open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Tuesday-Saturday and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Sunday.

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Blue Lotus Yoga

Artsplosure Stage
Saturday: 9:00 – 10:00 am

Media Sponsor: Carolina Woman

Kick off your weekend at Artsplosure by joining Blue Lotus Yoga on the Artsplosure stage for a yoga class! Blue Lotus, aka “the blue,” is downtown Raleigh’s eco-friendly, urban sanctuary for yoga, offering a full schedule of classes, including Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Kids Yoga, Foundations, Meditation and more, for students of all levels. All are welcomed for this hour-long class as we use movement and breath to explore the mind-body relationship and uncover a new way of being in our bodies and in the world.

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