FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2013WHAT: LEAF's 37th Festival
WHERE: Black Mountain, NC at Beautiful Lake Eden
WHEN: October 17-20, 2013
LEAF Festival Voted #1 By WNC Residents:
LEAF’s 37th Festival Approaches, October 17th - 20th
Black Mountain, NC – LEAF’s 37th Festival is delighted to continue to create the top family and friend tradition of the NC mountains. Western North Carolina voted LEAF the 2013 # 1 Music Festival, Festival for Kids and Festival for Camping in Mountain Xpress’ Annual “Best of WNC” Poll. The twice-annual four-day cultural music and arts festival takes place October 17th- 20th, 2013, immersed in the Blue Ridge Mountains and centered around Lake Eden, at Camp Rockmont, in Black Mountain, NC.
A range of world performers include blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots that is Dr. John & The Night Trippers; Belgian polyphonic Afrobeat queen Zap Mama; the voice of a country and the son of a legend, Mali’s Vieux Farka Toure; and Western North Carolina’s own folk rockers, Acoustic Syndicate, performing an official record release show for their first album in almost a decade. Patrons can see the nonprofit programs in action with performances from several LEAF Schools & Streets Programs and a rare appearance from LEAF International students from Bequia playing steel pans.
Other diverse and mobile LEAF performances like Unifire Theatre, Art Farm, Imaginary Friends, Asheville Hoops Troop and Whee Ahh Faerie Kin. The October festival brings tiny and enormous puppeteers from across the country, including the local Asheville Giants. For the night owls, a mountain top drum circle happens every night after the dancing ends in Brookside Hall and the music ends in Eden Hall.
LEAF provides a diverse weekend festival experience that includes a juried art show; more than 50 free healing arts workshops; a dance hall with plenty of contra, salsa, swing, and professional instruction; outdoor adventures with camping and lake activities; the LEAFlet Kids Village, with two stages and an extraordinary amount of activities; a Southern Fried Poetry Slam with $1000+ in prize money; food vendors to explore culinary customs and styles; plenty of handmade craft vendors, and much more. LEAF will also offer a general store provided by French Broad Food Co-op, for essential items that are easy to forget. Next door is Jam Tavern that features some festival performers in intimate settings and local brews. Detailed store items and the official location will be available closer to the festival.
Tickets must be purchased in advance, online at theLEAF.org or by phone at 828-68-MUSIC (686-8742). Adult tickets for Extended Weekend (Thursday - Sunday) are $184, Regular Weekend (Friday - Sunday) are $159 and Single Days are $47-$57. Discounted passes are available to local residents (Community tickets) and for children ages 10 through 17 (Youth tickets). Children younger than 10 are free. Volunteering is also an option.
Proceeds from LEAF Festival fund outreach programs such as LEAF Schools & Streets (LSS). LSS has a team of resident teaching artists working weekly with music and arts programs in local schools and outreach centers. Encompassing the festival weekend, over 20 of the LEAF performing artists will be participating in LSS arts-in-education workshops, residencies, and enrichment concerts in local schools and centers. LSS has worked with over 38,000 local youth since 2004.
For more information on the LEAF Festival, please visit theLEAF.org
Photos available on theLEAF.org PRESS page and by request.
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LEAF is a nonprofit creating culture and connecting communities through music and arts. Lake Eden Arts Festival began in 1995 as a world music and arts festival and transformed into a nonprofit in 2004, bringing community music and arts education programs to the Asheville Area. In 2013, the nonprofit officially changed its name to LEAF Community Arts and is known simply as LEAF. 100% of membership fees and donations fund the outreach programs.