Charleston Arts Festival Reschedule Update

Shew...what a storm we had! We hope you stayed safe. Matthew changed our festival plans quite a bit, but we've been working round the clock to get things rescheduled. Here are the official new dates. Please share the news with anyone and everyone you know!!


Charleston Arts Festival is excited to have the following three businesses offer physical tickets for Charleston Arts Festival FINALE. Get them while they last! 



We could not help but share the amazing menu that Chef Jason Stanhope and Jayce McConnell have curated for Origin | A Culinary Evolution. In case you were on the fence, here is why your should be there. Tickets are running out so get them while you still can. 

Poetry at The FINALE

Charleston's Poet Laureate, Marcus Amaker, will host a poetry in of of the rooms inside the Old Cit Jail featuring local poets and authors, including Matthew Foley, Derek Berry, Joey Tucker and Mariah Artigues. The reading will be recorded for OHM Radio, 96.3 FM. Books, CDs and vinyl will be for sale from the authors, as well as unique poetry written on-site (on a typewriter!) by the poets for audience members.

Music Lineup Announced for FINALE

Here is the official Music Lineup for the Charleston Arts Festival FINALE. Today is the last day to receive $5 off tickets by using the promo code CAF2016. 

FUTUREBIRDS | 9:30pm - 11pm

The High Divers | 8pm - 9pm

Matadero  | 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Jordan Igoe | 5pm - 6pm

Create | Erase | Repeat featuring Paul Cristina

Charleston artist Paul Cristina is next up in our Create Erase Repeat series, presented by Charleston City Paper. Watch him make an original masterpiece on our giant whiteboard. Paul's goal is to create artwork with "…a level of mystery so that you will inevitably be compelled to ask questions about it." 

Final Event Announced: ORIGIN | A Culinary Evolution

James Beard-award winning chef Jason Stanhope teams up with artists of other mediums to present Origin | A Culinary Evolution. This multi-course dinner is designed around the theme of “evolution” and guests will dine as audience members to a feat of cross-genre collaboration.

By incorporating themes of evolution into every element, the dinner will honor the fundamentals of nature in three movements – using dance, original poetry, scored musical compositions, live music, and projected visual arts. In addition to Chef Jason Stanhope, Origin | A Culinary Evolution will feature the talents of Edmund’s Oast head bartender Jayce McConnell, Charleston Poet Laureate Marcus Amaker, musician Nic Jenkins, Charleston Arts Festival Director Andrew Walker, projection artist Christian Hannon, PURE Theatre Artistic Director Sharon Graci, lighting designer Todd St. Onge of Technical Event Company, set designer Lisa Thomas of Ooh! Events as well as Movement Union, a professional contemporary dance company led by Sara Sumner.

Origin | A Culinary Evolution will take place at High Wire Distilling and will offer two seating performances, one at 6:30 p.m. and one at 9 p.m. A cocktail reception will take place before dinner is seated. Tickets are $150.

Create | Erase | Repeat - Featuring Chechel Justiss

Our second featured Artist in the Create | Erase | Repeat series is Chechel Justiss. 

After growing up in Alabama, Chechel moved to Charleston in 2009 to be with siblings that had already moved there. With a studio art background Chechel tried to figure out how to keep going with her artwork as well as making a living. Chechel then decided to get a degree in Nursing to allow for a career that would allow and support her start in an art career. While textures in nature are a big influence in her art, being near the water and a love for the the mysteriousness of the ocean has turned her focus towards fish and the school formations they make. Most of her schooling background is in photography, but once she got her hands into sculpture her medium took a turn. Today, her artwork focuses on detailed drawings mixing in watercolor and metal leafing. She then finishes her works by manipulating paper to pop out of itself while still being intact. Chechel's works are truly something to see and experience in person.

Hearts & Plugs Music Series at the Commodore

Hearts & Plugs, Murias Entertainment and The Charleston Arts Festival are excited to present the Hearts & Plugs Residency at The Commodore.  Every Tuesday in September one H&P act plus one special guest will grace the historic stage at The Commodore with doors opening at 8 PM, and the shows starting at 9 PM.  Tickets are $10 and are available online or at the doors.  Each show is 21+.  Hearts & Plugs has built a dynamite roster over the last four years, and we are thrilled to showcase some of the best musicians and bands in South Carolina with this series. The bands include: Michael Flynn + FALINE on Sept 6th, The High Divers + Young Mister on Sept 13th, Hermit’s Victory + [surprise guest] on Sept 20th, and ET Anderson + DUMB Doctors on Sept. 27th.   

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Create Erase Repeat Announced

Create|Erase|Repeat is an ongoing Charleston Artist Festival video series that follows a whiteboard to different locales and invites Charleston-based artists to create their own original art before erasing it for the next artist. Each artist speaks about their personal influences and how Charleston has affected them as an artist. A room at the Charleston Arts Festival Finale will be dedicated to Create|Erase|Repeat and will showcase large-scale prints of each artist's final work. A reel of all of the creations' mini documentaries will be shown, as well as behind the scenes highlights from each session. 

The first featured artist of the series is Connor Lock. As well as being an artist in Charleston, Connor also runs a company called S E V E N. Named after his lucky number, S E V E N isn't simply a graphic design company, just as Connor is not simply a designer. He embodies a multitude of skills that are transparent in his work. Whether you want a sleek logo or a quirky illustration of a pelican flying with a koala and a balloon, Connor is your man. His wheels are constantly turning. In fact, his noggin is a piece of art in itself. For more check out:


CAF Announces "Women & Radiohead"

Another big announcement from CAF: Mark your calendars for Women & Radiohead: A Tribute to Radiohead at the Charleston Music Hall on October 7, 2016. We’ll have local songstresses Lindsay Holler, Hazel Ketchum, McKenzie Eddy, Jordan Igoe and Zandrina Dunning performing in a Radiohead-style set directed by the founder of both CAF and Entropy Ensemble, Andrew Walker. 


Public Mural At Summer Shindig

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the public mural at this years Summer Shindig at @theroyalamerican. This mural was dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Orlando shooting and to the brave and indomitable spirit of the ‪#‎lgbtq‬ community. A huge thanks to @artistcraftsmansupply_csk for making this happen and for @heartsandplugs for hosting it! ‪#‎charlestonartsfestival‬ ‪#‎getcreative‬‪#‎createforacause‬ ‪#‎hpsummershindig‬