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  • Sunday, September 17, 2017 10am - 5pm
  • Saturday, September 16, 2017 9am - 11pm
  • Friday, September 15, 2017 11am - 11pm
  • Thursday, September 14, 2017 6pm - 10pm

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LOCATION: Exchange and Market Plaza - 219 Fayetteville St.

Each year, SPARKcon features more than 2,000 artists in 200+ events. Each segment of the creative community plans their own “SPARKs” to showcase their talent. SPARKcon’s goal is to connect and educate emerging, creative leaders through training, interdisciplinary collaboration, and an open source structure leading to the creation of a unique four-day creativity explosion in Downtown Raleigh. Each category, or group of activities, is called a “SPARK” (musicSPARK, fashionSPARK, etc.) and is organized by volunteers who create programming that best represents their art form, whether a performance, an exhibition, showcase. or interactive digital game. This open source leadership structure allows any organizer, talent or audience member to create and add value to the experience in their own way.

artSPARK: 700 street-chalk painters on Fayetteville St. and side streets, light art tutorials, exhibitions, pop-up murals, art in motion showcases, tutorials and more. All weekend.

bazaarSPARK: On-the-street bazaar vendor village featuring local crafters and designers selling their latest handmades. All weekend.

circusSPARK: Acrobats, aerialists, fire dancers, jugglers and more perform, parade and host interactive workshops. All weekend.

comedySPARK: Pun-offs, stand up for adults and for everyone, comedy on the R-Line, and more. All weekend.

geekSPARK: A showcase for the creative use of new and interactive media and technology featuring a showcases of LED, digital motion, 3D printers, and more at Red Hat Annex and E. Davie Street. All weekend.

danceSPARK: Over 11 dance workshops, battles, and showcases highlighting a wide variety of local dancers and styles. All weekend.

designSPARK: An interactive map project, virtual reality with Dix Park, Build-It Kits, AIA architecture walking tours, and more at City Plaza. All weekend.

fashionSPARK: Runway show and jewelry trunk show featuring 15 local fashion and accessory designers. Friday at 8p, at Duke Performing Arts Center.

filmSPARK: Screening over 30 Independent films, Visual Effects Workshops, and Q&A based panel discussions. All weekend.

ideaSPARK: Community-oriented gatherings, presentations, and tutorials, from a variety of community leaders, podcasters, artists, and entrepreneurs. All weekend.

musicSPARK: Over 55 performances by bands, singer-songwriters, Dj’s, and more. All weekend.

litSPARK: Local poets, professional and amateur, Poem Bot, Poetry on Demand, Zine Station, Exquisite Corpse, workshops, readings, and more. All weekend.

tastySPARK: A food truck rodeo on W. Hargett. All weekend.

theatreSPARK: Over 15 theatre performances by local theatre groups, including NC Theatre and Burning Coal Theatre on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with Pop-up theatre. All weekend.

Associated Street Closures:

Exchange Plaza will be utilized from 4:00 pm until 10:00 pm on September 14.

Fayetteville Street between Morgan Street and Lenoir Street and Hargett Street, Martin Street, and Davie Street between S. Salisbury Street and S. Wilmington Street will be closed from 6:00 am on September 15 until 11:00 pm on September 17.

Market Plaza, Exchange Plaza, and the Astroturf will also be utilized during this time.