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Artsplosure - The Raleigh Arts Festival

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Artsplosure is a free, outdoor, two-day annual celebration of the arts.

80,000 attendees expected.


Performers who are interested in performing at Artsplosure in the spring should submit informational/promotional packets including CDs January 5 - February 15, either by mail or email. Jazz, Blues, Country, Folk, Rock and Popular Musical performers and street performers are considered for Artsplosure's spring festival.

Artsplosure's mission is to produce high quality annual festivals that celebrate excellence in the performing and visual arts; to promote and bring recognition to national, regional, and local artists; and to bring artists and the larger community together to improve the quality of life and cultural environment.

Artsplosure was conceived in 1978 by subcommittees of the newly formed City of Raleigh Arts Commission who were planning a citywide arts festival that would combine an "explosion" of art activity with people's "exposure" to all types of art. The following year, Artsplosure was incorporated to produce high quality and accessible arts festivals and to identify, nurture, and showcase artists seeking to reach wider audiences. Since its first festival in April 1980, Artsplosure has presented thousands of established and emerging artists whose works span across many disciplines and art forms in both traditional and non-traditional indoor venues and outdoor settings.

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