What is HATCH Asheville? It’s the first running of an annual event that aims to inspire, educate, mentor and innovate in and across seven creative disciplines: architecture, design/technology, fashion, film, journalism, music and photography. It’s a front-row seat for anyone who wants to witness and participate in new art and new connections springing to life.
The festival builds on the strength of HATCHfest, held every fall in Bozeman, Mont., for the past five years. A sister festival, HATCH Asheville will follow the same model, showcasing and mentoring creative artists each spring. Asheville is the only city to attract a HATCHfest offshoot, and the local nonprofit that runs HATCH Asheville has contracted to stage the event here for the next 10 years.
HATCH events, which are detailed at the HATCH Asheville Web site (www.HATCHasheville.org), will feature professionals from each of the highlighted disciplines, who will serve as mentors to the festival’s “groundbreakers”—carefully chosen up-and-comers in each field. While a few of the events are ticketed, most are free and open to the public, and all offer an unprecedented opportunity to see, hear and interact with an extraordinary array of creative minds.
Look for the official HATCH Asheville guide in this week’s Mountain Xpress (the April 8 edition), where it appears as a special pull-out section, and in downtown-Asheville distribution locations during the festival.