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Artsplosure Announces Lineup for 32nd Annual Raleigh Arts Festival

Artsplosure is proud to announce the festival lineup for the 32nd annual edition of Artsplosure-The Raleigh Arts Festival, scheduled for May 19 through May 22, 2011 in downtown Raleigh.  The Artsplosure festival has become an annual rite of spring for the city of Raleigh and citizens of North Carolina.  The 2011 festival will encompass all of the beloved traditions that festival-goers have come to expect, including the Art Market, Kidsplosure, live music, interactive art installations and much more.

Artsplosure festivities will kick off on Thursday, May 19 with the opening of “Amococo” – a 10,000 square foot luminarium from England’s Architects of Air.  Responding to the overwhelming positive response by 2010 festival attendees who experienced Architects of Air’s world premier of “Mirazozo,” Artsplosure will bring a different and larger structure from the company to be installed on Fayetteville Street’s City Plaza from May 19 through 22.  The luminarium is an inflatable sculpture of light and color, comprised of dozens of pods, cavernous domes and tunnels constructed of translucent vinyl, which can accommodate up to 80 visitors at a time.

The weekend portion of the festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22 in and around Moore Square and the City Market area of downtown Raleigh. Over 170 artists from around the country will exhibit and sell their original artwork in the juried Art Market on the streets around Moore Square.  Artists were selected from an applicant pool of nearly 300 to showcase their works in clay, jewelry, fibers, metal, glass, wood, painting, photography and more.  Make-and-take crafts, interactive activities, and children’s performances at Kidsplosure will celebrate the theme “Art Grows!”  The annual Artsplosure Student Art Exhibition, on display in the Zanzibar Room of Marbles Kids Museum, will feature the original work of approximately 120 middle and high school students from two-dozen Wake County public and private schools.

Artsplosure will also feature live music on two stages in Moore Square throughout the weekend. Headlining the Main Stage on Saturday evening at 8:00 will be funk and soul legends, Average White Band. Saturday’s music lineup also includes performances by Grammy-winner Anders Osborne, jazz ensemble Chaise Lounge, indie electronica/folk/hip-hop artist Lynx, Kansas City blues trio Trampled Under Foot, local jazz-influenced contemporary folk artist Shana Tucker Williams, rock group Hammer No More the Fingers, and the acoustic Americana sounds of The Gravy Boys.

Closing out the festival on Sunday afternoon at 5:00 is legendary jazz group and 12-time Grammy-nominees, Spyro Gyra.  Music in Moore Square on Sunday also includes performances by New Orleans jazz trumpeter Christian Scott, Devon Allman’s Honeytribe, roots trio Craicdown, Gospel artist Shameia, and singer-songwriter Brent Stimmel.

Additional festival highlights include a giant “Community Nest” interactive art installation by Boston-based artist Pam Golden, performance speed painter Tim Decker, a production of “The Big Tent Cabaret Road Show” by puppeteers from Paperhand Puppet Intervention, a massive sand sculpture by Ed Moore’s Sandy Feat and the always popular Chessworks oversized chess set.

For complete festival details, a list of attending artists, full performance schedules, volunteer registration information and more, visit www.artsplosure.org

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