LEAF Community Arts has announced announced its dynamic lineup of performing artists for the Spring 2017 LEAF Festival, taking place Thursday, May 11th to Sunday, May 14th near Asheville at the majestic Lake Eden in Black Mountain, NC.

Check out this classic festival to experience ‘Ignite & Inspire’, featuring NEA grant funded “Legends of Africa” artists representing 13 countries from the Mother Continent: Guinea, Ghana, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Malawi, Tanzania, Mali, Ivory Coast, and Mauritania.

Tickets are available at www.theLEAF.org/tickets. Want to engage with LEAF’s year-round work in cultural arts education? New in 2017, LEAF Members get exclusive access to purchasing Weekend PLUS tickets. Children 10 years and under are FREE.

“Music and art have the power to enliven the mind, awaken the heart, and inspire the soul. At a time where so many feel disconnected and divided, the 44th LEAF Festival declares itself Sanctuary – creating a welcoming space for all walks of life and all ways of perceiving our diverse world. This spring, prepare for an experience that will ignite your imagination and inspire your spirit to take hold of your creative dreams and allow them to soar.

Each artist featured over the weekend has been carefully selected for not only being masters of their craft, but for standing firm as way-makers of powerful messages of hope, freedom, and inspiration. This festival also features a powerful blend of ancient tradition captured within new innovative voices reflecting the times.

Check out the LEAF Festival for an opportunity to reconnect with the community you love – and celebrate the unifying power of world music, art, and culture!”

Performer Lineup

Macy Gray, Antibalas, A Tribe Called Red Lee Fields & The Expressions, Martin Sexton, Danay Suarez Rocky Dawuni, Sara Watkins, Mokoomba of Zimbabwe Plena Libre, Daby Toure, African Guitar Summit, Lost Bayou Ramblers Dirtwire, Mike Love, Jon Stickley Trio, Earthcry, The Ragbirds Underhill Rose, Lyric, The Screaming J’s, Ashley Heath & Her Heathens Les Amis, Santos GlocalSoul, Nex Millen, Jeff Bradley, DJ Kutzu Masankho Banda, Grandfather Mazatzin, Darrell Rose, Fredy Nganga, Geri Littlejohn Unifire Theater, Trillium Dance Co, Illuminera, Faerie Kin, Clan Destiny Circus, Nu Paradigm Contra Feat: Notorious, Contra Force, Barefoot, Adina Gordon, Michael Hamilton Pisgah

Presents: Campfire Reverends, LEAF International Intore Rwanda & Tanzania 44th LEAF Poetry Slam, 4th Annual Newsong Singer Songwriter Competition, and many more!

To join the conversation on social media, use event hashtag -#LEAFIgniteInspire