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Meraki Fest to Celebrate the arts

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Written by: Communicator StaffNovember 18, 2017

By: Nicole Winans

Meraki (may-rah-kee) is a Greek adjective meaning to do something with soul, creativity, or love or to put “something of yourself” into what you’re doing.

That is the theme of Fort Wayne’s new music and arts festival, Meraki Fest.

“Every act performing puts their entire heart and soul into their art and are passionate at what they do and they want to share it with you,” according to the event description.

The Vaudeville-themed Busker Festival & Variety show kicks off at 4 p.m. Dec. 3 at The Phoenix event venue on Broadway and will last until 9 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $10 in advance and $14 at the door and $5 for children ages 12 and under. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at m.bpt.me/event/3115256.

All ages are welcome to attend with an exclusive area for adults 21 and over.

“We didn’t want to exclude anyone at any cost,” said event co-founder and IPFW graduate, Angie Slentz.

Activities will include a Vaudeville style photo booth by Monkeyshine Portraits, illusions, aerial acrobatics, fire dancing, human statues, face-painting and entertainment by Lets Comedy Comedians.

“There will be something for everybody under the same roof this night,” said event co-founder T.K. Kelly.

The event began when Meraki Fest headliner Bill Chambers, a two-time award nominated Australian country-roots musician, contacted founders about a possible performance.

After the date with Chambers was set, the event “grew into this celebration of the arts,” Kelly said. “It took on its own legs,” Slentz added.

Meraki Fest now has a list of musicians lined up, including Jessica Brita- Segyde, Trip The Dog, Aussie, Pop N Fresh, Adam Baker & The Heartache, Jess Flamethrower, C-Note & D.J. and more.

Multiple acts will be performing simultaneously on two stages with the main stage sponsored by Hotel Tango and the 21 and over stage sponsored by Boudoir Noir.

An espresso bar featuring event-inspired drinks will be on site as well as absinthe drinks by The Green Fairy Lounge.

Chef Shawn Paschal from the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo has created a special catering menu just for this night.

The event aims to fully encompass and capture the diversity and creativity of the local artist community in Fort Wayne.

“Meraki Fest is about celebrating our arts but also embracing our future,” Kelly said.

With the growth taking place in Fort Wayne, Meraki Fest follows the current direction the city is going, founders said.

While they do not yet know if this will be an annual event, there are more surprises to follow.

This event “really sets the stage for what’s next,” Kelly said.

For more information about Meraki Fest and more upcoming events visit the Meraki Fest event page on Facebook or call 260-602-2542.