This year’s NEON Festival is just around the corner. And, there’s an open call to artists

The 4th annual NEON Festival is coming to downtown Norfolk. (Courtesy of the Downtown Norfolk Council)
The 4th annual NEON Festival is coming to downtown Norfolk. (Courtesy of the Downtown Norfolk Council)

NORFOLK — The NEON District of this city will light up with art exhibitions and live performances during the 4th annual NEON Festival.

The free two-day festival hosted by Business Consortium for Arts Support in partnership with the Downtown Norfolk Council and the Chrysler Museum of Art will be 6-10 p.m. on Oct. 18 and 19.

Organizers encourage visitors “to explore and discover the NEON District, Norfolk’s first official arts district, that is anchored by the Chrysler Museum of Art and Harrison Opera House and extends to The Plot on Granby Street,” according to a news release.

The 2018 NEON Festival includes:

  • Third Thursday at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio with California neon artist Michael Flechtner.
  • Impression exhibition opening at d’Art Center Thursday with a printmaking make & take.
  • The Plot Beer Garden and main stage entertainment from local community groups Friday evening, 6-10 p.m.
  • Unveiling of new murals and various other public art projects by Ivan Roque, Christopher Kozak, Scott Walker and more NEON artists.
  • Public art tours led by local tour guides.
  • Five pop-up art galleries in NEON District businesses and venues.

An open call to artists is available through Aug. 17. Applications can be submitted here.

The 4th annual NEON Festival is coming to downtown Norfolk. (Courtesy of the Downtown Norfolk Council)
The 4th annual NEON Festival is coming to downtown Norfolk. (Courtesy of the Downtown Norfolk Council)

Visual artists (2D and 3D), musicians, bands, entertainers, dance troupes, theater, opera and performance artists are encouraged to apply.

A variety of spaces will be available on both evenings at multiple stages and venues. All applicants will be notified of invitation to participate by Aug. 31, according to the news release.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.