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Xpand Fest unfolds into second year as Asheville’s downtown celebration

Thank you Ashvegas for your coverage! “It’s Xpand Fest Saturday. When I finally arrive at the festival’s location along Coxe and Buxton avenues in downtown Asheville, I immediately run into local songwriter Hannah Kaminer. This will be a theme for the day. Pretty much everyone I know that is in town is here, including a hell of a lot of lovely people I’ve

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Xpand Fest Blog Series 2018: Sustainability.. 2 days (but whose counting?)

How is it here already?!? Saturday is going to be an exciting day manifesting another dream into reality and I can’t believe we have come so far. As I sat down to write this blog post, I realized this one on sustainability needed to come directly from me, the initial inspired person behind it all, Creative Director, Johanna Hagarty. Hopefully,

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Xpand Fest Returns for Sophomore Event on South Slope

Thank you THE 828 for your coverage! “Xpand your mind. Xpand your weekend. Xpand your vision of Asheville. Xpand Fest returns for its sophomore year to Asheville’s South Slope Saturday, June 9. “This is all about celebrating the power of the arts,” explains Johanna Hagarty of Xpand Your Vision, the organization that produces the event. “Maybe you discover a new band, or

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Free local summer festival takes on global issues – Mountain Xpress

Thank you Mountain Xpress for your coverage! “With a beer in one hand and a taco in the other, most festivalgoers aren’t thinking about multigenerational poverty or climate change when their favorite band takes the stage. But Asheville-based event planner Johanna Hagarty wants to change that. As executive director and founder of the arts nonprofit Xpand Your Vision, Hagarty created

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Your Guide to Xpand Fest

Thank you AVL TODAY for your coverage! “We know the weekend just ended, but that doesn’t mean we’re not looking ahead to the next one, because Xpand Fest returns to the South Slope on Saturday. 🎉ICYMI last year, the fest brings celebrates community + the arts on the local level, highlighting area musicians, non-profits, arts educators and more over a full day of creativity and

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Xpand Fest Blog Series: Food and Beverage: 1 week and counting..

Food and Beverage, similar to the music and art is one of the biggest initial draws to our festival. What local or tourist alike doesn’t want to experience free music and art while sampling delectably tasty offerings that Asheville’s foodie town has become known for?   For those of you who have been following our journey since the beginning (we

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Xpand Fest Blog Series: Family Fun.. 2 weeks and counting

When coming to a street festival in town especially as a parent, there can be so many things to worry and wonder about, that we felt highlighting the unique ways our festival is kid and family friendly made sense.   First off, we try to make sure our festival is appealing to as many cultures and ages as possible- so

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Xpand Fest: Celebrating CommUnity

Thank you AVL TODAY for your coverage! “Arts, music + education-focused Xpand Fest hits the South Slope on Saturday, June 9. It’s the second year of the full-day free festival, which creates community by linking culture, arts + non-profits in Asheville. The fest also shows its local love by featuring Asheville-based acts, speakers, artists + vendors, and by focusing on sustainable growth + development in the

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Xpand Fest Blog Series: Art and Interactives.. 3 weeks and counting

While of course, we love having the streets of Asheville filled with music and our exciting ArtRow of local vendors, The Interactive Arts Arcade and our CommUnity Corner are concepts that were a part of Xpand Fest’s vision from the beginning. We have always believed that this event has the power to galvanize (or stimulate) sustainable development through the arts

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Xpand Fest Blog Series: Music and Performing Arts.. 4 weeks and counting

When first visioning this sustainable event that highlights music and arts, we knew that we wouldn’t get anywhere if we didn’t bring our local community into it. Luckily, Executive Director of the Xpand brand and Creative Director of Xpand Fest, Johanna Hagarty has been working in the music and arts scene in Asheville for 10 years and knew exactly who

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Introducing the Xpand Fest Blog Series: 5 weeks and counting!

The entire Xpand Fest staff have been working very hard on programming the second annual Xpand Fest, June 9th and we personally can’t believe we are only five weeks away! There are so many exciting things that we have in store for our attendees this year, we simply couldn’t figure out how to share it with you all…. UNTIL NOW!

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Xpand Fest 2018: Initial Program Announcements

JOIN US JUNE 9TH FOR FAMILY FRIENDLY FUN! *** Creative Interactive Educational Community Festival   *** XPAND FEST – JUNE 9TH, 2018! 12PM – 10PM Coxe & Buxton Avenue Asheville, NC *** Expect to see: * Local Art Vendors * Music, dance and performing art at 6 locations * Activities and offerings at our Interactive Arts Arcade, including an education stage

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The Broadcast at Xpand Fest 2017
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Xpand Fest 2017 Recap

We couldn’t have made Xpand Fest’s inaugural year the success it was without all the supportive sponsors, vendors, performers, staff and volunteers who dedicated time and attention!   With your help, we raised more than $50,000 and put 95% of those funds directly into Asheville’s economy! Thanks to our good friends at GreenStone Media (who created this beautiful Xpand Fest Year 1 Infographic

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Three free summer festivals worth visiting

Thank you Mountain Xpress for your coverage! ” What’s better than a summer festival? A free summer festival. This season, two new events — the Better Dads Festival and Xpand Fest — are launching in downtown Asheville. A little farther out in Hot Springs, ballad singers and hikers are coming together to celebrate the Bluff Mountain Festival’s 22nd year. Xpand Fest Asheville’s

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A Brand New Festival for Asheville – The Laurel of Asheville

Thank you Laurel of Asheville for your coverage! “Xpand Your Vision is an Asheville-based nonprofit dedicated to supporting the creative industry by providing art access to underserved individuals. It will host Xpand Fest, on Saturday, June 10, on Asheville’s South Slope with local music, art and food. It hopes to bring the people of the art community together, while encouraging

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New Asheville Arts Festival Dubbed Xpand Fest set for June on South Slope – Ashvegas

Thank you Ashvegas for your coverage. “Xpand Your Vision, an Asheville-based planning and marketing company since 2012, has announced that it is organizing a nonprofit and launching a new summer arts festival on the city’s South Slope. The festival is called Xpand Fest, and it’s scheduled for June 10. Organizers include Executive Director Johanna Hagarty, a former program manager with the Asheville

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