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It's back - the 4th Annual NEON Festival! Celebrate on Thursday, October 18 and Friday,October 19 from 6-10pm in Norfolk's first official arts district, the NEON District! This free festival is presented by Business Consortium for Arts Support in partnership with the Downtown Norfolk Council and the Chrysler Museum of Art. The two-day festival encourages visitors to explore and discover the NEON District, which is anchored by the Chrysler Museum of Art and Harrison Opera House and extends to The Plot on Granby Street. The festival celebrates the energy in the NEON District and draws from the passion and creativity in Downtown and the region.
The 2018 NEON Festival includes:
Third Thursday at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio with California neon artist Michael Flechtner
Impression exhibition opening at d'Art Center Thursday with a printmaking make & take
The Plot Beer Garden and main stage entertainment from local community groups Friday evening, 6-10pm
Unveiling of new murals and various other public art projects by Ivan Roque, Christopher Kozak, Scott Walker and more NEON artists
Public art tours led by local tour guides
Five pop-up art galleries in NEON District businesses and venues
CALLING ALL ARTISTS: An open call to artists is available from August 1-17. Applications can be submitted here. Visual artists (2D and 3D), musicians, bands, entertainers, dance troupes, theater, opera and performance artists are encouraged to apply. A variety of spaces will be available on both evenings at multiple stages and venues. All applicants will be notified of invitation to participate by August 31.