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Connecting cultures at the LEAF Global Arts Festival

Join the four-day celebration of creativity, culture, and coming together.

First Nations performers at LEAF global arts festival black mountain

This year’s festival is engaging with First Nations performers + artists.

Photo via LEAF Global Arts

With a backdrop of towering mountains and the shimmering waters of Lake Eden, the LEAF Global Arts Festival kicks off today, Thursday, Oct. 19, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 22, diving deep into cultural expression through music, dance, performance, discussions, classes, and ceremonies.

In keeping with year-long exploration “Legends of the Americas,” the festival will showcase First Nations performers and artists, including through workshops like myths + legends with Juan Isidro Concha of the Taos Pueblo First Nation. You can also join Rahzel of the original Roots for beatboxing and author and poet James Navé for a poetry slam and a writing workshop — not to mention classes in juggling, clowning, and dancing.

A weekend festival pass will let you fully immerse yourself in the event by camping overnight on site, but you can also grab a community pass for full event access without an overnight stay or a day pass for just a cultural taste.

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