Charlotte SHOUT! Festival Returns To The Streets Of Uptown In Fall Of 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C. —  The annual Charlotte Shout! festival celebrating art, music, food, and ideas is making a comeback in Uptown Charlotte from September 17th through October 3rd, 2021.

Officials say internationally acclaimed artists and art installations, along with local creatives, thought leaders, and skilled chefs will participate in this year’s festival, which was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Charlotte Center City Partners and Blumenthal Performing Arts have come together to plan and produce the 2021 Charlotte SHOUT! festival, and officials say 2019 was the first year the two partnered together to plan this festival celebrating the arts.

Officials say the 2019 festival brought thousands of visitors to more than 200 events over it’s two week duration, and due to it’s success, the festival has been expanded to three weeks and has launched a worldwide search for unique and thrilling festival content.

“Our goal is to make Charlotte SHOUT! the most inspiring annual festival in the southeast celebrating art, music, food and ideas,” said Blumenthal President Tom Gabbard. “This year we will especially savor the chance to safely be together again to enjoy our vibrant City, and the creativity that helps to define it.”

In celebration of the festival’s return, officials say Victoria Yards and The Square at Spirit Square will host a variety of performances and activities throughout the weekend, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on April 2nd with details here.

Click to see the 2019 festival highlight video on Youtube.

Officials say this year’s festival will show off local talent and creativity through two programs including Made In CLT and Of Earth and Sky.

Anyone looking to participate in the festival can fill out an application for either program here until May 15th, with Made In CLT focusing on Charlotte-area acts and Of Earth and Sky bringing local poets together to create a large-scale poetry installation.

“In addition to talent from around the world, we’re actively searching for local artists from all areas of Charlotte’s vibrant creative community to participate in this year’s festival,” said Krumbine. “Whether you’re a local musician, a playwright, an acrobat, a master chef or a graffiti artist, there could be a spot for you in our lineup.”

Officials say poets interested in participating in the Of Earth and Sky installation should consider attending a free workshop to be held every Saturday in April and May at Spirit Square or via Zoom.

The free workshops will be hosted by Emmy award-winning poet Boris “Bluz” Rodgers and National Poetry Slam champions Jay Ward and Jordan Bailey at the Middleton McMillan Gallery, according to a news release.

“The goal for the Of Earth and Sky project is to poetically amplify the voices of Charlotte residents, with the workshops functioning as a way to help those edit and fine tune their work before submitting,” said Rogers. “The curation team will simply be looking for honesty and creativity, so whether you have been writing for 40 years or 4 minutes, we will be accepting submissions from everyone with a poem in their heart.”

Officials say winning poems created through the workshops or submitted online will be announced in June, and then the pieces will be curated and installed across Charlotte to form a temporary sculpture trial.

To learn more about Of Earth and Sky and the free poetry workshops click here.