The Culture Initiative has been creating unique experiences for our community for seven years. Each year, they host an anniversary celebration, dubbed “The Annual” – as a way to bring together Charlotte businesses, artists, vendors, food, breweries, and musicians. This year, partners include The Chop Shop, Hearts Beats As One, Noda Brewing, Papi Queso, Daily Press and 2nd Ward Properties.
The Annual consists of two events, both held on April 30: Spaces and the Art Party. Spaces will take place from 5pm-10pm. Amelie’s French Bakery (Charlotte), Tuft and Curate (Charlotte), Oak City Hustle (Raleigh), and Enemy to Fashion and Weird Empire (Charlotte) will each create a unique living space within The Grace (located at 219 South Brevard Street) where local artists will display their latest pieces. Each of these “spaces” will also be a stage for performance artists. Music will be provided by the Lovell Bradford Trio and Party Dad.
After the main exhibit, the Art Party will begin – an event packed with music and art until 2am. There will be bands, DJs, and collaborations by various artists including Kasey Murray & Nathaniel Lancaster; Arthur Brothers & Sharon Dowell; John Hairston Jr. & Christian Dunn; Nic Rummel & Kyle Mosher; and Patrick Harris & Chad Beroth, to name a few.
Get your tickets in advance for Spaces (from 5-10pm) for $15; Art Party (from 10pm-2am) for $20, or buy both for $30. Part of the proceeds of the showcase will benefit the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Charlotte. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a nonprofit organization that promotes early childhood literacy by giving free age-appropriate books to children from birth to age 5 within the communities across the world where chapters exist.