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Connect: Beyond The Page Festival & Conference

April 2018 - April 2018


The inaugural 3-day event “explores how music, film, and storytelling can influence social change [and] features a mix of panels, speakers, and performances.”

Tickets Available:

  • Early 3-Day Bird GA Passes $99.00
  • Regular 3-Day GA Passes $149.00
  • VIP 3-Day Passes $249.00

Featured Events include:

  • Art in Action – What role and responsibility does an artist/ creator take on by pushing a message of social change and action out into the world? How and when should you use your voice to raise awareness for a social justice or political cause?
  • Ready, Set, Action! – How do we take social change beyond the awareness phase and into actionable steps?
  • Art and the Perception of Reality – How changing the narrative can influence human behavior and inspire social change.
  • The Art of Adaptation — How to maintain the artistic integrity of a story when changing the format from one format to another.
  • The Art of Pitching — You’ve made a great piece of art, now what? How to get your art packaged and noticed.
  • Character Development — A session exploring how to develop unforgettable characters for the page and screen.
  • From Story to Song – How to take long form stories and incorporate them into song form.
  • Plus More Panels And Performances To Be Announced!

Featured Panelists & Performers include:

  • Ben Sollee — cellist, community activist
  • Big Chief Juan Pardo — musician, Mardi Gras Indian Chief
  • Billy Edd Wheeler – author, songwriter
  • Bob Boilen — host of NPR’s All Songs Considered
  • Christopher Paul Stelling – singer-songwriter
  • Jay Erskine Leutze — author, conservationist
  • Johnny Irion — musician, producer
  • Joyce Ferder Rankin – two-time emmy winning journalist, filmmaker
  • Lydia Diamond — award-winning playwright
  • Scott Sherratt – producer, director
  • William Horberg – author
  • More participants to be announced

Participating Locations include:

  • The Orange Peel
  • Central United Methodist Church
  • The Grail Movie House
  • Asheville Social Hall
  • Asheville Community Theatre


April 2018
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Connect Beyond the Page


Downtown Asheville
Asheville, NC United States + Google Map