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We are Nashville's home for radically unique, independent artists.
Founded in 2018, Kindling Arts develops innovative new works by Nashville’s experimental artists, empowering diverse creators with the resources required to explore challenging ideas in a multidisciplinary context. By providing local artists with space, resources, and practical support, Kindling promotes underrepresented voices and aesthetics, making space for boundary-pushing work that would otherwise be impossible. Kindling’s core programming includes the annual Kindling Arts Festival, a multi-day celebration of local artists that showcases more than a dozen diverse performances and events in various venues throughout Nashville, as well as unique arts events year-round.


UPCOMING

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Kindling Arts Festival 2024
July 18-21  |  West Nashville


Artist application extended deadline: Monday, March 11, 2024.
Pre-sale passes now available at th
e lowest price of the year!

Year #7 of Kindling Arts Festival is on the horizon, and we want to hear from artists in Middle Tennessee about your exciting, experimental, and innovative new projects. This year's theme is Imperfections, allowing us to interrogate the ways that flaws, oddities, and imperfections are essential to the process of making art, and often the characters within that art. As always, Kindling is committed to radical accessibility and will never charge you a fee to submit a proposal. Tell us what you're working on!
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The Disco Ball 2024
Wednesday, March 27  |  Eastside Bowl


Kindling's perfectly sensational, out-of-this-world fabulous fundraiser The Disco Ball returns to Eastside Bowl to deliver a night of pop-up performances, futuristic grooves, and inclusive community. Join in interactive performance experiences and boogie to otherworldly beats in this singular space odyssey. 
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Best Summer Arts Festival

Kindling Arts Festival 2021
(including programming at OZ Arts, The Barbershop Theater, Nashville School for the Aerial Arts, and Centennial Park)

Best Local Theater Performance

The Naughty Tree at the Blue Room (River Timms, Fable Cry, Lenin Fernandez)

Best Wrestling-Karaoke Crossover

Bar Fight!  (Jessika Malone, Diego Gomez, Daniel Carter)  

Best Summer Ticket
 

Kindling Arts Festival 2023 with highlights including The Cackleberry County Fair
immersive party, Bar Fight 2666: Broken Vows and Amm Skellars' Silver Platter at OZ Arts Nashville, and readings of new plays at the Global Education Center

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