If you haven’t been to one of the previous SPARKcon’s—a showcase of the Triangle’s creativity, talent, and ideas—maybe our preview can entice you to attend. There’s bound to be a SPARK that will catch your attention: art, bazaar, circus, dance, design, fashion, film, geek, idea, music, poetry, theater, and wheel.
My SPARKcon 2012 experience started off at the Visual Arts Exchange at a VIP reception celebrating the kick-off of the annual creative talent explosion. Sarah Powers, Executive Director of the Visual Arts Exchange and producer of SPARKcon, provided a few remarks at the reception about the impact and significance of the SPARKcon and how the business and entrepreneurial communities could get involved. After the reception, attendees relocated to the Red Hat Amphitheater for the opening ceremony.
This is the first year for the opening ceremony, a preview for the next three days of creativity. The kick off featured the fashionSPARK fashion show as the highlight of the night. Before the fashion show, wheelSPARK, poetrySPARK, theatreSPARK, and designSPARK offered a small showcase to their upcoming sessions this weekend.
After the fashion show, the circusSPARK fashion show, dubbed “Dressed to Kill,” wowed the thinned crowd after a quick performance by danceSPARK. If you left after fashionSPARK, you missed some stellar performances. Sparkled unitards made out of recycled prom dresses hugged the tight bodies of two performers from Cirque de Vol that showed great balance and coordination. Others from the Dressed to Kill fashion show sported impressive body paint and costumes.
Your guide to an awesome SPARKcon
This is it, the information you need to maximize your SPARKcon experience:
- Creative talent explosion in downtown Raleigh
- SPARKcon website: www.sparkcon.com
- GoHaps.com SPARKcon web calendar
- SPARKcon iPhone app
- Pictures from the opening ceremony on our Facebook page
circusSPARK talent preview