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May 19-20, 2018

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. with performances of Squonk Opera’s Cycle Sonic on City Plaza and musical performances on the Main Stage at the end Fayetteville St at Morgan St. Artsplosure highlights superb performing artists, with an emphasis on jazz, blues, traditional and roots-inspired musicians. Martin Street will also be home to a kid musician stage at Kidsplosure!

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Festival Highlights

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Squonk Opera's Cycle Sonic

Fayetteville Street
Saturday: 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 pm, 12:30 pm, 4:00 pm

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Sponsored by: WakeMed
Media Sponsor: GoRaleigh – City of Raleigh Transit

A musical spectacle, performed and human-powered cycle-stages. Cycle Sonic celebrates bicycles with human-powered stages, propelled by original chamber rock music…and human legs!

Sprouting bulb-horns and whirligigs, whistles and bells, these parade floats become instruments of music through the swirl and thump of wheel and pedal. A pageant of double-decker bike-stages creates a merry Cycle Sonic ruckus.

Giant, animated bikers circle the audience, with backdrops of undulating flags and 20-foot legs pumping with the rhythm of sustainable power. With no carbon footprint, Cycle Sonic combines the thrill of a live concert with the world of everyday transit.

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Art Pianos

Fayetteville Street
May 19-20

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Sponsored by: Opendoor
Media Sponsors: The City Insight, Triangle A&E

A beautifully painted piano in the middle of the street just says PLAY ME! Tickle the ivories and fill the air with music!

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Drum Set Karoke by Drum Team Collective

Fayetteville Street
Sunday: 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm

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Sponsored by: Elliott Davis
Media Sponsor: Beltline Buzz

Have you always wanted to channel your inner rock star? Come be part of the show with Drum Team Collective™, and play your favorite rock & roll songs with a live band! This unique team building program is fun, empowering, and simple — zero musical experience required.

Be sure to drop by our table to sign up for your time slot… FREE for all Artsplosure visitors (and come back at 4pm for the Local Celebrity Round)! Hosted by Mike McKee, drummer for NC’s own Delta Rae.

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Accessible Arts at Artsplosure

Fayetteville Street
Saturday: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

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Sponsored by: Artspace, Arts Access

Join Artspace and Arts Access for a day of inclusive art, dance and music for people with and without disabilities. Scheduled events include visual art make-and-takes, interactive rhythm experiences led by Greg Whitt, and NC Arts in Action LEAP Team student dance performances. Studio tours and demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the day.

Sensory friendly supports are available. Questions or accommodations requests? Please contact

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Triangle Potters Guild

Fayetteville Street
Saturday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

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Sponsored by: Clark Nexsen
Media Sponsor: Live Work Play

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

Artsplosure Student Art Exhibition

Student Art Exhibition

Fayetteville Street, PNC Plaza Lobby
Saturday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
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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Pop-Up Artlet

Fayetteville Street
Saturday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

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Sponsored by: Smith Moore Leatherwood
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Pop-up artistic experiences that encompass the full range of artistic expression, with Poetry Fox, Theatre Raleigh, NC State Crafts Center, Larry’s Ukuleles, Longview School Dancers, Performance Edge and more!

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Artsplosure After Hours Stage at Imurj

Fayetteville Street
Saturday: 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

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Sponsored by: Carlyle Adams Foundation
Media Sponsor: WKNC 88.1 FM

Relax and enjoy some intimate artistic fun from the Artsplosure residency at the Oyster House, performers from the Artsplosure festival stages and Artsplosure friends and family.

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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
Media Sponsor: WCPE The Classical Station

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

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Nanjing Week

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

Sponsored by: Carolina China Council

Explore the diverse heritage, traditions, contemporary visual arts and fine crafts, and the music and dance of China’s dynamic and culturally rich region: Interactive Chinese handicraft demonstrations in the Nanjing tent, 400 block of Fayetteville Street;

Art and Photography Exhibition and Nanjing Virtual Reality Experience
10:00 – 6:00, Sunday, May 20
Room 302C, Raleigh Convention and Conference
500 S. Salisbury Street.

Nanjing Splendors, a Music, Dance, Magic and Acrobatic Showcase
7:30, Monday, May 21
Fletcher Theatre, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South Street

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