GASTONIA, N.C. — Gaston County officials say the Gaston Multicultural Arts Xperience (MAX) will be held virtually this year on Saturday, March 27th.The free arts festival features performances from local artists, cooking demonstrations, multicultural programs, story times, and much more, according to a news release.
Officials with the Gaston County Public Library, the City of Gastonia, and Friends of the library teamed up to create this virtual event running from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m.
County officials say the first annual Gaston MAX scheduled for Saturday, March 28th of 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, after the Gaston Cultural Executive Committee was formed to plan large county events such as Gaston MAX.
“Our committee spent all of 2019 planning Gaston MAX, and we were so excited to bring this type of event to Gaston County. It broke our hearts when we had to cancel it,” says Dandria Bradley, GCEC chair and deputy communications dirctor for Gaston County Governement.
In 2018 county library officials say they decided to incorporate arts into the literacy festival, and after speaking with City of Gastonia officials in 2019, the concept for the festival expanded to have a multicultural theme.
Local artists such as David Childers, Black Star Theater Company, and Carolina Pro Musica will perform during the event, officials say.
Officials say there will also be a live trivia competition provided by TrviaHub and a performance schedule will be posted here so fans know when to tune in.
“Having the virtual festival is a great start, and we’re hoping that Gaston MAX will be in person next year,” says Christine Ingle, GCEC vice chair and event planner and resource manager for the City of Gastonia.