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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 Arts Festival 2024
July 18-21  |  West Nashville

Early bird prices available now through June 17th!

Kindling Arts Festival is back for a 7th year, featuring 4 days of the most exciting, experimental, and innovative new projects from local artists. 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. Mark you calendars to join us for another unforgettable year!

Projects that continue the fun after the 2024 Festival has wrapped!
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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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To support the work of Kindling Arts and Nashville-based artists, please consider making a tax-deductible donation today.
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