HATCH Asheville guide to publish Wednesday, April 8; full schedule online now

The first inaugural HATCH Asheville — a multifaceted creative arts and mentoring festival — takes place April 15 to 19. Xpress will publish the official guide inside our April 8 issue, and a full schedule of events is now online here.

Just what is HATCH Asheville? See the introduction to the guide, which can be found below, and learn more about the festival at the HATCH Asheville site. The guide published in Xpress will offer a comprehensive schedule, a map of festival venues, ticket information and detailed descriptions of the dozens of film screenings, workshops, talks, exhibits and celebrations slated for HATCH Asheville.

Jon Elliston, managing editor

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INTRO TO THE OFFICIAL HATCH ASHEVILLE 2009 GUIDE:

Welcome to HATCH Asheville, a creative festival like no other.

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 in this guide, 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.

So attend a panel discussion, take in a fashion exhibit, see the films, photos and designs, and enjoy a party or two along the way. Engage, share and learn with top-tier artists who fuel the creative economy — from around our region and our world. Make the festival your own … and be inspired!

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About Jon Elliston
An Asheville-based mountain journalist: Former Mountain Xpress managing editor. Investigations and open government editor at Carolina Public Press. Senior contributing editor at WNC magazine.

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