Discover something new at Bloom: The Festival of Awakening

 By Sydney Hennighausen

Cover photo: Daniel Cunningham

July 25, 2018

Circus arts are entrancing. Seeing people contort themselves, while others fly high above your head dancing in between ribbons will have your eyes locked and staring in awe. Luckily, for those excited about the circus arts, Bloom: The Festival of Awakening will return for its 6th annual show in Charlotte on July 27 and 28. This two-day celebration features dance, aerial, and fire performances alongside various circus arts. Organized by Satya and Sarah Hahn of the performance duo Satarah, Bloom will expand to The Shed Amphitheater, a mini-festival ground located at the Station House between the new light rail station and Sugar Creek Rd. bridge.

Fire Performer Collette Ellis will tempt the flames Friday night at Bloom: The Festival of Awakening.

Originally created with an idea of recitals for the students in Satarah’s classes. They reached out to Jay Tilyard from the former Chop Shop to find a performance space, and the bigger dream of a full-fledged festival was realized. The event aimed to inspire people to discover a newfound love, do things they haven’t tried, take risks, and bring together a diverse collection of art.

This year, workshops have been added and will be taught by local and national instructors with the intention of encouraging people to get out of their comfort zones and try something new. Satarah and the instructors themselves want to push the community to learn, “people don’t think that they can start learning things, like contortion, as adults but our instructors are here to prove that is not the case,” said Satya. While wandering around, appreciating all the different forms of art and participating in the workshops, you can also partake in a raffle. All of the money raised in the raffle, along with a portion of the money collected for tickets, will be going to Behailu Academy, a youth development program focused around music and arts.

Aerial performer Jaclyn Miller. Photo: Eric Cutchin PhotoArt OfTec

If that’s not enough, there will be food vendors, a full bar and local artists and designers selling jewelry, paintings, photography, headpieces, and more. Creations of a Lunatic, Michelle Boling Designs, The Odd Cog, Mo’s Art, Lee B Creations, and Edge of Dreaming will be on site dishing their wares.

The mission for this festival is pretty clear for Satarah: showcase local talent and discover new passions. “Prepare for all of your senses to be engaged!” said Satya Hahn, “Be open minded and let the performances lead you through the experience. Have fun and enjoy the talent and art that Charlotte has to offer.”

Cupcakes by The Southern Olive. They’ll be on-site for three shows providing gluten free vegetarian paninis and desserts.

Bloom: The Festival of Awakening takes place July 27 + 28 at The Shed Amphitheatre at the Station House. 

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