Arts Fest Expo – Day 1

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Saturday, May 5 • 11:00am-5:00pm
Charleston Area Convention Center Complex
5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418

Enjoy an array of performances on 4 stages, roving entertainers, art & craft vendors, exhibitions, live art demonstrations, hands-on children’s activities, and more!




EXHIBIT HALL A STAGE • Instrumental Music & Live Art Demonstrations

 11:00am – 12:15pm Local artist and graphic designer Connor Lock will offer a live acrylic painting demonstration.

12:45pm – 1:45pm  Sax y Guitar features local musicians Ian Sanchez on alto saxophone and Chris Dodson on hollowbody electric guitar. The duo will perform bossa nova, jazz standards, Latin jazz, and funk.

2:15pm – 3:30pmLocal artist and fabricator Kris Manning is “The Traveler,” a steam-punk time traveler visiting the Expo with her collection of gadgets and gizmos. Manning will be creating one of her themed assemblages on site; perhaps the particle accelerator for her time machine or her infrared heat sensing goggles.

4:00pm – 5:00pmLocal percussionist Nick Kelley will perform a medley of music on the steel drum, including soca, calypso, reggae, and rock/pop.


EXHIBIT HALL B STAGE • Youth Entertainment

 11:00am – Noon Bright Star Touring Theatre will present Velveteen Rabbit, a heartwarming story of childhood and imagination. Based on the classic tale by Margery Williams Bianco, this play examines what it means to love and what it means to be real.

12:15pm – 12:45pm Enjoy a choral performance by the North Charleston POPS!KidZ. The group features children ages 6-18 and is under the direction of vocalist and actress Rachel Massaro.

1:00pm – 1:30pm The Professor Whizzpop Show is a fantastic medley of comic mayhem starring the hapless Professor Whizzpop. The magician’s myriad of mishandled magic provides giggles galore as he gets nearly everything wrong and needs the help of the audience to make everything right again!

1:45pm – 2:45pm • Didgeridoo Down Under offers a high-energy Australia-themed show featuring didgeridoo music, worldly percussion, puppetry, comedy, storytelling, and audience participation. This unique cultural experience is interactive, educational, and super fun!

3:00pm – 4:00pm Paul Miller of Flow Circus will present The Science of Awesome, a comedy demonstration of skill toys from around the world. The presentation features juggling, lasso, kendama, flowersticks, Chinese yo-yo, throw top, and more, and includes a discussion on the relevant science behind each toy.

4:15pm – 5:00pmRock out with Mr. Rocky in his multi-instrumental, interactive, sing-along style music program. 


EXHIBIT HALL C STAGES 1 & 2 • Variety & Cultural Heritage

11:00am – 11:30am • Sumter Civic Dance Company will showcase a variety of dance forms, including contemporary, jazz, Broadway style, swing, and tap.

11:30am – 12:30pm The Charleston Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet (with percussion) will perform a compilation of popular music, including selections of Latin, jazz, and show tunes.

12:30pm – 1:30pm Get swept away on a magic carpet ride with Palmetto Oasis Dance Troupe. The group’s original production, Moonlight Oasis, highlights belly dances from around the world and features exotic music, shimmering costumes, and dazzling props.

1:30pm – 2:30pm • Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba perform music inspired by the ancient West African griot tradition. Led by the kora, the 21-stringed harp-lute, their highly original blend of traditional and modern styles creates an infectious sound reminiscent of West African dance bands.

2:30pm – 3:00pm • Hiyas-Min Philippine Cultural Society of Charleston will present folk dances of the Philippines, including the high-energy “bamboo dance” known as tinikling.

3:00pm – 4:00pm Tap your shoes, clap your hands, and sing along to spirituals, gospel tunes, and other sacred music of the South Carolina Lowcountry with The Plantation Singers. The ensemble’s energetic performances play an important role in honoring and preserving the Gullah Geechee culture.

4:00pm – 4:30pm • The India Association of Greater Charleston will demonstrate a variety of folk, classical, and Bollywood dances of India.

4:30pm – 5:00pm Combining dynamic aspects of the martial arts, dance, and percussion, the drummers of Taiko Charleston will inspire through powerful rhythms and vibrant choreography that pay homage to the myths and traditions of Japanese culture.



Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild live demonstrations of weaving, fiber spinning, and wool felting by local fiber artists (Exhibit Hall A)

Professor Whizzpop • interactive strolling entertainment that includes comedy, juggling, and amazing magic

Good Clean Fun • roving variety act featuring juggling, music, and more

Will Shaw • strolling mime

Bach to Rock • hands-on exploration of a variety of instruments for a number of different age groups (Exhibit Hall B)