3 tips to get the most out of your SPARKcon weekend

circusSPARK will take over City Plaza. // Photos courtesy of SPARKcon.

SPARKcon, spanning 1.9 million square feet, will transform the streets of downtown Raleigh in a creative takeover  Thursday through Sunday. ArtsNow shares the inside scoop on how to get the most out of your SPARKcon weekend.  

From the organizers: 3 tips for planning your SPARKcon weekend

Tip 1:  Start your festival experience at the information tent, located at the intersection of Martin and Fayetteville Streets. There, the full schedule of weekend events will be available with friendly helpers ready to answer any questions you might have about the weekend happenings. 

The festival map indicates where each of the 14 SPARKs will be over the weekend. Some SPARKs are in a tent, or on a stage, on an arial rig on the street. Or, inside a participating venue

Tip 2: Chose your mode of transportation! SPARKcon will begin activating the streets of downtown Raleigh early Friday morning, so consider using public transportation to get to the festival.  The Moore Square Bus Station is located just 1.5 blocks from the heart of SPARKcon and Raleigh’s FREE R-Line is also a great option for getting around to the festival. Plus, comedySPARK will offer live stand up comedy during your ride!

Tip 3: See all that’s happening before arriving! SPARKcon does showcase some amazing chalk art but the festival is so much more than that. For example, there’s the fashionSPARK runway show in a fountain, over 10 free danceSPARK workshops open to anyone, a Poem Bot, and over 20 film screenings throughout the weekend. 

“The SPARKcon weekend makes it easy for people to see and do a lot on a big spectrum, says, Laken Geiger, programs manager at VAE Raleigh, the producing organization of SPARKcon.

“Because there are 14 SPARK categories hosting a set of events, people can go to a film screening and then straight to a dance workshop and decide — on their way to a theatre costume design exhibition — to try out some VR and see what it would be like to have unicorns roaming at Dix Park, and even catch an aerial silk showcase too.”

“With so much going on, some events happen simultaneously and some overlap,” Geiger says. “Going into the festival with some idea of the things you want to see and try is the best way to take full advantage of the FREE fun.”

ICYMI: SPARKcon is offering new independent wayfinding and navigation technology for festival attendees via an auditory guide, thanks to the BlindSquare app. 

To use, simply download the BlindSquare Event App and once you have entered the SPARKcon festival footprint audio navigation will begin. This new features is made possible through a partnership with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science and BlindSquare.

SPARKcon takes over downtown Raleigh.
SPARKcon aims to connect and educate emerging, creative leaders through training and interdisciplinary collaboration. It’s a way to applaud the talent that is located in the area as well as encourage organizers, talent or audience members to create and add value to the experience in their own way. Share your experience with the organizers and the rest of the world by using #SPARKcon. 


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