Experience

cul·ture (as defined by ATC Festivals)

/ˈkəlCHər/

…the integration of education, music, art, dance, dialogue, social causes, business, fashion, empowerment, and entertainment all into one social stream of consciousness

LOCAL BANDS AND ALL PLAY

Homegrown is always the sweetest. Enjoy the local talent that you know and follow. Some of the area’s best musicians sit in and collab in this space.

EMERGING ARTIST SHOWCASE

Experience the artistry of emerging musicians and local bands as they play their fan’s favorite music or exhibit their latest work at the Workshop (AKA “The Shop”).

EVENING SHOWS

Enjoy your favorite indie performers and experience the artistry of local bands in an intimate environment. The mainstage offers premium, up close, and personal shows that are hard to come by.

COMEDY SHOWS

Clean up your act with well-known comedians who drop in to share their humor and bring a healthy dose of levity to brighten up your weekend. Expect comedy, sprinkled with a little music, and a few surprises in between.

THE AMPBULL FASHION SEGMENT

Emerging designers exhibit their fashion-forward thinking by curating creative runway shows.  Sneak a peek at exclusive collections from local designers.

ART WALK

Drop-in and experience the rotating collections of the area’s most prolific visual artists. Most of the artwork at our location is for sale. Support local artists by adding beautiful artwork to your collection.

MASTERY LESSONS

Learn from the pros.  Gain practical advice and guidance from the experts in the visual and performing arts community and in the fashion and textile industry.  The cool kids hang out here.

THE CIRCLE (CONNECTION SERIES)

Engage with entrepreneurs, artists, community advocates, and folks from all walks of life at The Circle (Networking and Connection Series). While connecting, be inspired by others who share their views, ideas, and expertise on how to increase our collective potential in the “Three Good Things” talk series. As the evening escalates, enjoy live music and after-hour socials.

REUNIONS AND DAY PARTIES

Why wait for homecoming? Plan to meet up with old and new friends with the backdrop of nostalgic games at Who Got The Juice, or show off your skills on the karaoke and open mic stage. The daytime collective has a little something for everybody.

FRESCA AFTER DARK SERIES

After the evening shows, community-based and social organizations keep the festivities going by hosting purpose parties.  Widely recognized DJs spin a variety of tunes from multiple genres and decades.

FOOD TRUCKS AND REFRESHMENT

Local food is the best food.  Independently owned food trucks featuring diverse cuisines are on location and ready to serve you.  Three cocktail lounges with a selection of traditional, festive, and mocktail drinks are on site.

ART • THOUGHT • CULTURE

Regardless of the season and diversity of the content, our objective is the same. We aim to:

provide an opportunity for lovers of the arts to enjoy quality, affordable, multi-cultural entertainment and related educational content

provide a recurring stream of art-related content which supports the forward movement of cultural diversity and integration within the Downtown Durham Community

provide a platform for emerging, independent artists to showcase their talent and collaborate with other artists and business professionals

create an opportunity for local, multi-cultural entrepreneurs and small businesses to increase their resource pool, learn, share, and grow

support organizations who are making a difference in the community by shedding light on their cause and by supporting their fund-raising initiatives

support a new way of thinking about art and entertainment and their integration with empowerment, community, expression, and culture

make Durham a recognized leader in sustained multicultural art and entertainment programming by attracting visitors, likewise increasing the economic development of the Downtown Durham Community

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