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International Festival Brings Art and Diversity to Carmel

Carmel International Arts Festival 2014

The 2014 International Arts Festival located in Carmel’s Arts & Design District

#CarmelIN – On a sun drenched weekend which welcomed a taste of the last remnants of summer weather, Carmel’s Arts & Design District was greeted with a picture perfect setting for its annual International Arts Festival.

The 17 International Arts Festival to take place in Carmel, it hosts a plethora of art available for purchase while offering live music and dance performances for attendees to enjoy. Booths line the Arts & Design District, each booth houses both the artist and their art giving attendees a chance to meet the artists who’s works inhabit the festival.

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Glass work by Mark Wagar who had a both at this year’s International Arts Festival in Camrel

Paintings, photography and jewelry were just a few of the art mediums represented at the festival.

This year’s festival saw over 130 artists exhibiting their work.

The free two day festival took place on Sept. 27 and 28, last year the festival saw its largest attendance with  30,000 attending over the course of the event.

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Throughout the festival there were activities catered to kids along with performances for attendees looking to take a break from strolling around the artist exhibits.

Performances from the Indiana Ballet Conservatory and Indy Jazz Futures were among some of the entertainment that could be found at the festival this year.

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Indy Jazz Futures performing at this year’s festival

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A ballerina performing at this year’s festival

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Indiana Ballet Conservatory performance

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Indiana Ballet Conservatory performing at the Carmel International Arts Festival this year

 

Incorporating Carmel’s sister cities,  Kawachinagano, Japan and Xiangyang, China had special exhibits to promote art and culture from the cities respective regions.

“It exposes our citizens to international friendship,” Barb Moshier Coordinator-Student Exchange Program and Sister City Program in Carmel said. “We have learned from each other, even though we’re vastly different in our cultures, we find that we’re very, very similar.”

Students from Kawachinagano and Carmel exchange art between each other, the Japanese students’ art were on display at the Kawachinagano booth at the festival this year.

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Art students from Kawachinagano, Japan produced

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Some of the items sold at Japan’s booth at the International Arts Festival. Some of the proceeds went to help relief efforts for areas effected by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011

Recently Carmel cerebrated the 20 year anniversary of its sister city partnership with Kawachinagano.

“It’s been interesting over the 20 year’s to see the economy of each country and how people have handled the problems that have been presented to them,” Moshier said. “Granted there’s little we can do to help each other, but it’s been very enlightening and interesting to us to see how we’ve handled those issues. We’be managed somehow to maintain that relationship which is great.”

For more information about Carmel’s International Arts Festival click here.

Also, check out more photos taken form this year’s festival below.

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Xiangyang, China’s, one of Carmel’s sister cities, booth at the International Arts Festival