Bloom Fest is a free festival on Sunday, May 19th, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., at 140 West Franklin Street Plaza, Chapel Hill.
This event is organized by We Sense in partnership with the Town of Chapel Hill’s Community Arts & Culture Division.
Celebrate the community and all things Spring with lots of interactive, hands on activities, performances and a unique collection of “Community In Bloom” miniature gardens exhibits.
Highlights of the festival include:
- A 20-foot Carolina-theme floral archway
- Live monarch butterfly garden from BASF
- Performance from Paperhand Puppets
- Community exhibit of “Planting A Dream” themed miniature gardens
- Interactive, hands-on arts
- Science activities
- Free face painting
- Free samples
- Free make and takes
Community partners offering activities include:
- Kidzu Children’s Museum
- Chapel Hill Public Library
- Ackland Art Museum
- Chapel Hill Garden Club
- Many more
In addition to these activities, there will be fresh samples from Chapel Hill Farmers Market, including edible flowers!
- 1:00PM: “Spring” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – String Quartet Performance by Bo Chi, Yichen Sun, Yikuan Sun and Matthew Lu
Four Smith Middle School students and recipients of 2019 NC Bach Festival’s Young Artist Award, the ensemble is playing “Spring” to open the BLOOM FEST celebration.
- 1:10PM: A cappella Performance by Durham Academy XIV Hours
- 1:25PM: Musical Performance by John Stevens. John Stevens is a local singer songwriter of folk, blues, and Americana who draws influences from the likes of Townes VanZandt, Todd Snider, John Prine, etc.
- 1:40PM: Parade with Paperhand Puppets. Join the parade fun as Paperhand Puppets will be roving with some of your favorite characters from the award winning troupe’s colorful creative past. Celebrating 20 years, Paperhand is a local treasure that brings delight and wonder, inspiration and magic to the Triangle and the world.
- 1:45PM: Story Reading by The Chapel Hill Public Library. Location: Reading Garden by the Library’s Circulator on Church Street
- 2:00PM: A string quartet and fiddle tune performances by the young students of Nonoko Okada and Simon Ertz.. The young musicians will share fun songs to celebrate the beautiful season and the festival.
- 2:15PM: A cappella Performance by Durham Academy XIV Hours
- 2:25PM: “In the Garden” – a Ballet presented by The Triangle Youth Ballet. Dedicated to training dancers and instilling a deeper understanding of dance arts in our community since 1995, the Triangle Youth Ballet is presenting ballet performances inspired by flowers.
- 2:40PM: “Kidzu Storytime – Fun in Bloom!” by Kidzu Children’s Museum
- 2:50PM: “Peacock Dance” by the Chinese Dance Class of THE CHINESE SCHOOL AT CHAPEL HILL. Little dancers will perform a traditional folk dance inspired by the natural beauty and movement of peacock.
- 2:00-3:00PM: “Simple and Elegant Table Floral Designs” – presented by The Chapel Hill Garden Club. Location: The Chapel Hill Garden Club’s Tent on Church Street
- 3:00PM: Folk Songs from America and Other Countries – Choral performance by NC Boys Choir and NC Girls Choir. Program features an American Folk Song medley arranged by Alice Parker; Al Shlo Sha, from a Hebrew folk song; Dona Nobis Pacem using an Italian melody. The NC Boys Choir and NC Girls Choir have shared the love and excellence in choral music through performances in the state and beyond including singing at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
- 3:25PM: “Blossom” – Folk dance performance by RedApple Learning Campus. The dancers characterize flowers blooming in the beautiful spring season and share a mood of lighthearted joy as they dance and act with cultural parasols.
- 3:35PM: “Butterfly Waltz” – String ensemble performance by We Sense student volunteers. The young musicians are playing the heartwarming melody by Brian Crain to accompany the celebration as the community come together.
- 3:40PM: Come hear a brief message about BASF and their work with customers and communities to support pollinators through their Living Acres initiative.
- 3:45PM: Story Reading by The Chapel Hill Public Library. Location: Reading Garden by the Library’s Circulator on Church Street
- 3:50PM: “Discover NC Wildflowers” – presented by NC Department of Transportation. Location: NCDOT’s Tent at 140 West Plaza courtyard
- 4:00PM: Jazz Music Performance by Carrboro High School Jazz Ensemble
The CHS Jazz Ensemble is made up of students in grades 9-12 who share a common love for jazz as an art form. The ensemble meets as a class five days a week for the entire school year. Students learn concepts from fundamental to advanced and play a wide repertoire of music in varying styles and difficulty. This year, the group have learned over 30 different pieces of music and has enjoyed performing multiple concerts at home and throughout the community.
- 4:20PM: Community In Bloom Award Announcement
- 4:45PM: Parade with Paperhand Puppets
- 4:45PM: Story Reading by The Chapel Hill Public Library. Location: Reading Garden by the Library’s Circulator on Church Street
- 5:00PM: Musical Performance by Lucy Grace. Lucy Grace is a pop and country singer songwriter, pursuing a degree in songwriting and music business. Lucy will be singing a few songs including an original song titled “Happy.”
- 5:10PM: “Blooms over Blooms” – Chinese classical dance by Easy Dance Club. The performance depicts the lovely tunes and lyrics: “the night becomes chilly and the fallen flowers become frost. The old memories become the spring mud to cherish me. The peach flower will blossom again.”
- 5:20PM: “In the Garden” – a Ballet presented by The Triangle Youth Ballet
- 5:35PM Performance by members of the award-winning Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble
- 5:50PM: Butterfly Release – presented by BASF. Watch as the BASF team release the monarch butterflies from their display tent and enjoy the moment as they float among the flowers to conclude BLOOM FEST 2019.
Celebrate community, diversity and the beauty of the natural world with this all-ages event.