Creative. Educational. Interactive. Community. Festival.
XPAND FEST - JUNE 9TH, 2018! 12PM - 10PM
MEDIA RELEASE: Xpand Fest, produced by Xpand Your Vision in partnership with Art Studio World and support from The South Slope Neighborhood Association is proud to introduce the initial lineup of performers and dedicated sponsors for the second annual event occurring June 9, 2018, on Coxe & Buxton Ave. With 40+ performing groups, 6 musical performance locations (grown from 4 in year one), an engaging Interactive Arts Arcade including an education stage, 45+ local art, interactive and food vendors including special festival brews by Bhramari & Green Man Brewing and a growing list of sponsors Xpand Fest’s growth will continue to impact the creative industry and community of Asheville with uniquely engaging elements that inspire action.
We are extremely proud to announce that one of our 2018 headliners include no other than New Orleans finest gumbo of funk, Big Sam’s Funky Nation! The energy received from this vibrant out of town band will, in turn, absorb the creativity of Asheville and spread the good word along with their musical journeys across the nation. Local neo-soul outfit Window Cat will support Big Sam and tempt us with the smoothness of jazz and turn it up with the funk in all the right places. Pink Mercury, the most current project of Stephanie Morgan, promises to close the second stage (which happens to be Urban Orchard’s new loading dock for their South Slope location) down by captivating audiences with her amazing vocals and creative storytelling. We will end the event at our official after party location, Ben’s Tune-up with The Freeway Revival, Evil Note Lab, and JBot.
Xpand Fest is our “Love Letter to Asheville” and we hope to express this sentiment within our line-up, art & interactive vendor booths and through our sustainable development undertones. Continuing to draw from inspiration on the Sustainable Development Goals created by the United Nations, Xpand Fest charges our local community to discuss sustainable development through creativity and engagement. At the event, expect to see unique representation and presentations from some of our biggest local sponsors including collaborative glass blowing by Octopus Garden, interactive games from Dig Local and some animal related fun with the support from Patton Ave Pet Company. Along with sponsor support from 30+ businesses (and counting!) we are excited to continue raising money and bringing awareness to Asheville’s vibrant arts and music scene. With the festival ideals resting on community collaboration of the nonprofit, creative community and business industry, all aspects of the festival stand as an important pillar of the overall cooperative nature of the event.