Apply now for the 2013 North Charleston Arts Festival

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking applications from artists in music, theatre, dance, visual art, crafts, photography, media arts, and literature for participation in the 2013 North Charleston Arts Festival to be held May 3-11.

National, regional, and local artists, ethnic and cultural groups, and community based groups and individuals are encouraged to apply. Artists may apply for inclusion in the Main Event, held May 4 and 5 at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, or may submit proposals for one of the festival’s stand-alone Individual Events, which take place at various locations throughout the festival week.  Visual artists should note that this application is for events and presentations such as installations, solo or group exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, and lectures, and not for participation in the Festival’s Juried Art Competitions.

Applications may be downloaded from the “Applications” page at The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, January 4, 2013. 

The annual North Charleston Arts Festival is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, providing thousands of residents & visitors with a fabulous array of performances, exhibitions, and activities. The Main Event, held the first weekend in May, offers free admission and parking to over 40 performances on four themed stage stages; General Audience, Cultural Heritage, Youth Entertainment, and Bands. Other Main Event activities include judged art and photography shows, the SC Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibit, a gem & mineral show, an antique show, children's activities, art and craft booths, and a food courtyard.  The Arts Festival continues with over sixty events and exhibitions throughout the week at various locations.  An array of free and ticketed offerings include street dances, concerts, theater presentations, film screenings, an art walk, children’s programs, workshops and demonstrations, a National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, and much more. The festival concludes with the Grand Finale at North Charleston Riverfront Park featuring performances, children's activities, and fireworks over the Cooper River. 

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival visit, or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at (843)740-5854 or

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