The organizers of this year’s inaugural Connect: Beyond The Page shared highlights from the festival in a gallery of images. The conference and festival, which took place in Asheville from Friday, April 20, to Sunday, April 22, delved into social justice issues through the lenses of music, storytelling and film. Read more about the event here and here.
“Weed The People’ producer Ricki Lake and filmmaker Abby Epstein speak at The Orange Peel after a film screening. Also pictured: Zak Kilberg of Social Construct Films
Books written by some of the presenters as well as some additional curated titles
Composers Reinhold Heil, Ethan Gold and Ben Lovett lead a panel discussion on crafting a powerful story through musical compositions
Director Joyce Ferder Rankin presents her film “Degrees to Extinction” at the Asheville Community Theatre
Fireside chat with NPR Music host Bob Boilen and pop duo Sylvan Esso
Josh Blake, LYRIC, Maya Lilly and Johnny Irion gathering around for a song at the concert of Songs inspired by social justice
LYRIC performs Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” at the concert of Songs Inspired by Social Justice
Mardi Gras Indians, Big Chief Juan Pardo and Ike Kinchen bring New Orleans heritage to the Central United Methodist Church
Pop duo Sylan Esso in performance.
Ready, Set, Action!: Panel featuring, from left, Abby Ebstein and Ricki Lake (of “Weed The People”), activist Eva Maria Lewis, Connect: Beyond The Page founder Jessica Tomasin, Nicole a’Beckett of SameSide and DeWayne Barton of HoodHuggers International.
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