Connect: Beyond The Page Details Inaugural Festival & Conference


The inaugural Connect: Beyond The Page event will be held at venues throughout downtown Asheville, North Carolina on April 20 – 22. Organizers of the festival and conference, which “aims to bridge creative disciplines, bringing together musicians, writers, filmmakers, media personalities and activists to unearth the myriad of ways in which art inspires us,” recently unveiled the eclectic lineup for the 3-day event.

Bob Boilen, the famed host of NPR’s All Songs Considered and organizer of NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert, is among the speakers at the event. Award-winning playwright Lydia Diamond, cellist and activist Ben Sollee, author and conservationist Jay Erskine Leutze and musician and film producer Johnny Irion are a few of the creatives that will also contribute to the first-ever Connect: Beyond The Page. Check out the initial lineup below and expect more announcements in the weeks and months to come.

“It’s more than an event,” festival founder Jessica Tomasin said, “Connect: Beyond The Page is a movement that brings creators and attendees together to engage in thought-provoking ways.” Tomasin is a longtime music industry vet and Asheville resident whose credits include studio manager at the renowned Echo Mountain Recording Studios and executive director of an organization that is crucial to the fast-growing city’s incredible music scene: Asheville Music Professionals. “Asheville is a great place for Connect: Beyond the Page to call home,” added Tomasin in a statement announcing the event. “It is the creative epicenter of Western North Carolina with a community of residents who are passionate and vocal about social change and justice.”

Here’s more details on the panels:

Panels are intentionally comprised of speakers from various fields, emphasizing the underlying belief of the festival: creatives have the opportunity to inspire action that can ignite social change. Panelists will discuss topics ranging from the art of pitching, to how artists can best speak out on social justice issues. In a panel titled “The Art of Adaptation,” panelists will explore how artists can translate their work across genres, while maintaining the integrity of the story.

Head here for more information and ticketing details for Connect: Beyond The Page.

[Ben Sollee performs at Bob Boilen’s desk for Tiny Desk Concert]