I plan on going to this event, once I heard about it. It sounds like fun. Wish I had some kinky photos to display. Maybe next year.
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Contact: North Carolina Fetish Art Society, NCFetishArt@gmail.com
Durham to host first North Carolina Fetish Art Festival
Artists and art lovers of the kinky persuasion are working together to produce the North Carolina Fetish Art Festival in Durham on October 18, 2009. The first event of its kind in the area, the NCFAF will show work from artists throughout the state, from the new to the experienced. The festival will also feature stage performances, live art demonstrations, and activities that will give all attendees an opportunity to create art for the event.
The planners of NCFAF hope to build an event which honors and showcases fetish art and artists, offers exposure to new artists and to the state’s kink community as a whole, and celebrates their belief that the bdsm lifestyle is an art unto itself.
With a spacious venue and the skilled DJs of Dirge Factory already on board, the next phase of this event’s creation will fall to the artists of the community. NCFAF welcomes artists of all levels of experience, and all mediums. The event will have competitions with awards in several categories, and all exhibited art is eligible for recognition. Organizers invite interested artists to contact them as soon as possible, for exhibit space is expected to fill.
In addition to the more traditional exhibits, this event will feature “live art,” with local players and their models using a creative range of bdsm mediums to make living exhibits who will rotate through a designate display area. This category, too, is now welcoming volunteers to be creators and canvas. Those participating should be experienced in the medium in which they are creating, particularly in safety practices. Prizes will be awarded to top performers in the live art categories.
Attendees will have the opportunity to view and purchase much of the art exhibited, as well as many items on display in the artisan vendor area. Onstage entertainment by local fetish-themed performers, live artist demonstrations, and opportunities to participate in event artwork will also keep event goers engaged. The event will offer body painting, a littles’ craft corner, group-participation projects, and more. In addition, finger foods will be served and a cash bar will be available.
While the scope of this project is a new experience for many of the planners, they are confident that the North Carolina bdsm community will come out and make the event a success. “We already have received a huge outreaching of support to make the fest memorable,” says Zita, the event manager. “I have had the opportunity over the last few years to know some of the alternative artists in this area, and I am certain they will do their part to make our night beautiful. That just comes naturally to them.”
Proceeds from this event will benefit the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, an organization working to protect and advance the legal rights of consenting adults who engage in alternative sexual and relationship expressions. More information about NCSF can be found on their website at http://www.ncsfreedom.org.
For more information about the North Carolina Fetish Art Festival, or to exhibit, vend, purchase tickets, or volunteer for this event, contact the North Carolina Fetish Art Society at NCFetishArt@gmail.com.
Have you been to a Fetish Art Show? Let us know in the comments.
Update: They sent me a flyer and an artist contract, should you be interest, both of which are available, after the break.