SPARKcon 2012 Opening Ceremony and Fashion Show Thursday Night

SPARKcon 2012 Opening Ceremony and Fashion Show Thursday Night

September, 12, 2012, by Jedidiah

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After flirting with staging themselves in the Warehouse District this year, SPARKcon will again be back on Fayettville Street all weekend long and for the first time, the SPARKcrew will be utilizing the newly renamed Red Hat Downtown Raleigh Amphitheater for their opening ceremony on Thursday, September 13th. 

Each fo the SPARKs will have their own presentation slot and the annual FashionSPARK Showcase will be the main event. Each year, SPARKcon grows and the use of the Red Hat Amphitheater is another example of how the VAE and crew are starting to make bigger leaps in how to display the local talent. 


6:00 pm MusicSPARK presents Once and Future Kings
7:00 WheelSPARK presents a skater exhibition
7:15 PoetrySPARK performance
7:30 TheatreSPARK presents “Catch Me If You Can”
7:45 DesignSPARK introduction
8:00 FashionSPARK “Wear What You Are” Showcase
9:00 DanceSPARK performance
9:15 CircusSPARK Fashion Show
9:45 FilmSPARK
10:00 IdeaSPARK Pecha Kucha presentation by Geoffrey Neal
10:15 SPARKwars!


Thursday 6pm-10pm @ The Raleigh Amphitheater

Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St area and 17+ local venues

Thursday Highlights: Opening Ceremony! Circus, fashion, skateboarding, music, dance and theater at the Red Hat Amphitheater.

Friday Highlights: Main Stage Music on City Plaza and a circus performance and fire jam on Fayetteville Street. IdeaSPARK Pecha Kucha @ The Architect.

Saturday Highlights: A Main Stage line-up of music, dance and theater, street painting on Fayetteville Street and an art bazaar in City Plaza. Film to screen in the evening. Galleries featuring design, art and new media/digital work in multiple venues.

Sunday Highlights: The bazaar continues, the music stage will present a full day’s lineup and skateboarders will take over a block of Fayetteville Street. View the finished Street Paintings.

Full info over at SPARKcon's website.

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  • Steve
    09/13 04:04 PM

    In all the years that SparkCon has been going on, I still can’t figure out what in the heck is the point/purpose of it.  It seems to be a bunch of seemingly random people doing seemingly random things in the streets.  Is there any common theme or idea to this “festival”?  Skateboarding?  “Circus”?  Fashion?  “Geek”? WTF?

  • jay_sikes
    09/13 05:16 PM


    Wow, you must be an incredibly busy and interesting person. In seven years you haven’t had a chance to do the 3.5 seconds of internet research that would lead you to this page?

    I hope you can pull yourself away from trolling NR for a few hours to enjoy a free downtown festival. Life is happing all around you, open your eyes and participate.

    here’s the copy/paste to make it easy for you:

    “SPARKcon is a showcase of creativity, talent and ideas of “The Creative Hub of the South,” the Triangle of NC.
    SPARKcon was founded in 2006 by Beth and Aly Khalifa and Designbox to showcase, celebrate and influence the creative momentum of the Triangle region of North Carolina. SPARKcon uses an open-source organizational approach to empower diverse creative thinkers to be inspiring community leaders.

    SPARKcon is a program of Visual Art Exchange, a Raleigh non-profit whose mission is to support emerging artists and connect the community to the arts.

    SPARKcon’s “creative potluck” of SPARKs or creative themes such as art, music, film, fashion, geek, circus, etc.  is put together by passionate individuals who volunteer their expertise and are deeply embedded in a specific local scene. Using a combination of networking and open calls for participants, organizers create diverse and representative events to show off local talent and connect disparate creative scenes. SPARKcon grows every time a new person gets involved with a SPARK category, creating their own event, or joining in to help an existing one. It’s an open-source, “for the people, by the people” approach with an intentionally dynamic focus.

    September 2012 will be our seventh annual SPARKcon. We’re still a loose association of volunteers open to any passionate individual or group who wants to get involved. We’re still grass roots—our money comes from our pockets and the pockets of others excited to support local creativity. The ideas and showcases come from inspired people who have the ingenuity to say “What if…?” and the motivation to then help make it happen.

    Each year, we have over 50 organizers, hundreds of local talents are showcased, hundreds of volunteers helping behind the scenes and thousands of attendees. All of these people equal SPARKcon.”

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