Well, it looks like our lovely dream that SPARKcon was headed to the Warehouse District in September won't be coming true after all. Bob Geary, over at the Indy, reports that "getting all the necessary streets closed in order to have room for all the various "Sparks" wasn't possible ... or at least not this year."
Huge bummer for the Warehouse District, but glad that SPARKcon is able to carry on in Downtown for another year. There's always 2013, when the Warehouse District will be full of start-up traffic and more.
That said, it's odd that Fayetteville Street is able to be closed down on this weekend, but the Warehouse District, which is mostly quiet on the weekends is not. Also, according to Sarah Powers, Director of the VAE and head of SPARKcon, the Downtown Raleigh Amphitheater will still be used as well. Full details below.
SPARKcon will be held on Fayetteville Street and the Raleigh Amphitheatre for 2012.
The event is September 13-16, 2012, kicking off at the Raleigh Amphitheater for it’s first Opening Ceremony on September 13. All of the outdoor programming during September 14-16 will be held on Fayetteville Street and the cross streets of Hargett, Martin and Davie Streets as well as City Plaza. Indoor events will be held all over downtown, with many in the Warehouse District, where host organization Visual Art Exchange is located.
SPARKcon will showcase the talent of more than 1,700 artists and attract a crowd of more than 25,000 people over four days. SPARKcon is an interdisciplinary arts festival created by designers, artists and community organizers to celebrate creativity in the Triangle. SPARKcon’s name comes from being a “con”ference to “spark” the local art community and seeks to brand the Triangle as “the creative hub of the South.” The event is organized by Visual Art Exchange and was founded by members of Desigbox.
Organizers made efforts to move the entire event to the Warehouse District earlier this year. However, SPARKcon's growing footprint would not fit on the streets that were available to be closed. VAE and SPARKcon will likely pursue locating some or all of the event in the Warehouse District in future years, but is proud to keep the event on Raleigh's main street for 2012. The Opening Ceremony will be hosted in the Raleigh Amphitheater and will feature fashionSPARK’s runway show as well as dance, circus and music performances. The amphitheater will raise the profile of these events and SPARKcon is thrilled to used this new, professional venue for their production.