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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.


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Kindling's Very Special Holiday Special
featuring The Muppet Christmas Carol

December 21-22 at Darkhorse Theatre | Ages 21+

Kindling‘s Very Special Holiday Special is back to provide another "escape hatch" from the holiday madness -- this time with the help of the Muppets! Join your favorite collection of arts-lovers and puppet-admirers for a delightful screening of the cult classic film The Muppet Christmas Carol, as well as engaging pre-show activities that include fun interactive games, a charitable gift grab, and seasonal drinks in the pop-up "Bar Humbug." 
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Kindling Arts is all about empowering the counterculture that's thriving here in Nashville! You can help us continue supporting hundreds of local artists each year by making a donation today. Every dollar donated goes directly into the pockets of artists and creatives in Middle TN. Everyone deserves to share their spark. 
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Best Immersive Theater Experience

Best Summer Arts Festival

Best Local Theater Performance

All the Dead Things
at Royal Circus
(Nate Eppler + Alicia Ha

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

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)  


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