Using music (song), film (screen), and storytelling (page), Connect: Beyond The Page explores how collaboration and adaptation create a narrative that can influence social change. Using Asheville, NC as a creative hub, speakers, panelists and performances will take place in unique settings around the city.
Our event brings together youthful ideology and well-worn experience to create a diverse demographic of men and women who are pioneers in their field. Attendees come to broaden their horizons, their minds, and their connections. These are people who are looking for a more dynamic experience, who want to engage with others, and want to leave a festival with more than just a hangover.
The 3-day event boasts an eclectic lineup of panels, speakers and performances. Bob Boilen, host of NPR’s All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concert; award-winning playwright Lydia Diamond; cellist and activist Ben Sollee; author and conservationist Jay Erskine Leutze; producer William Horberg; and musician and producer Johnny Irion are among just some of the esteemed creatives to contribute their voices and insights. A current list of announced participants and speakers is below, with more names to be announced soon.
We are proud to partner with a number of different organizations and creatives to offer workshops, panels, and performances on topics of social action, the art of adaption, and live interviews with iconic artists.