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This year’s NEON Festival is just around the corner. And, there’s an open call to artists

The 4th annual NEON Festival is coming to downtown Norfolk. (Courtesy of the Downtown Norfolk Council)
The 4th annual NEON Festival is coming to downtown Norfolk. (Courtesy of the Downtown Norfolk Council)

NORFOLK — The NEON District of this city will light up with art exhibitions and live performances during the 4th annual NEON Festival.

The free two-day festival hosted by Business Consortium for Arts Support in partnership with the Downtown Norfolk Council and the Chrysler Museum of Art will be 6-10 p.m. on Oct. 18 and 19.

Organizers encourage visitors “to explore and discover the NEON District, Norfolk’s first official arts district, that is anchored by the Chrysler Museum of Art and Harrison Opera House and extends to The Plot on Granby Street,” according to a news release.

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, 6-10 p.m.
  • 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.

An open call to artists is available through Aug. 17. Applications can be submitted here.

The 4th annual NEON Festival is coming to downtown Norfolk. (Courtesy of the Downtown Norfolk Council)
The 4th annual NEON Festival is coming to downtown Norfolk. (Courtesy of the Downtown Norfolk Council)

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 Aug. 31, according to the news release.

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