New Cultural Experiences Coming to Charlotte in 2017

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Why This Matters: In 2017, Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s cultural community will continue to provide programs that build community, are relevant and innovative and support pre-K-12 education.

By Giovanna Torres
Marketing and Communications Coordinator

We’re only a week and a day into the new year, but 2017 is already shaping up to be a very active one in terms of arts and cultural offerings. New exhibits, theater performances and music festivals are just some experiences you can look forward to take place in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.


  1. Levine Museum of the New South will open K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace, a community-created exhibit that explores the historical roots of distrust between police and community and tells human stories beyond the headlines. This exhibition is postponed.1900x0_KJKP_Digital-WebsiteBanner

  2. Children’s Theatre of Charlotte will debut WonderFest, its inaugural theatre festival that features three productions – including two world premieres – theatre workshops and more. Opens January 1415822994_10154013224856790_7687443685088931296_n

  3. Discovery Place Nature will open a new planetarium experience. The new digital planetarium system is housed in the Museum’s original Charlotte A. Kelly Planetarium and will showcase daily multimedia films and star projections, along with guided live star shows for classes and field trips. Opens January 14

  4. Opera Carolina is presenting Art * Poetry * Music at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in West Charlotte in celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The concert features musical styles from jazz to pop to classical, excerpts from Dr. King’s iconic speeches with regional visual artists highlighted, plus a musical teaser of the new MLK opera I DREAM. January 16 at 7 p.m. – Free, but RSVP is required

  5. The Light Factory will be showcasing Lilith – an exhibit that explores the work of women photographers as they question conventional narratives of masculinity, identity, sexuality, and power. Artists include Guia Besana, Donna Cooper, Allison Janae Hamilton, Maxine Helfman and Jodi Bieber.
    Opening reception is January 19 at 6:30 p.m.lilith2

  6. Theatre Charlotte presents A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. This landmark drama was one of the first on Broadway to examine African-American life on the cusp of the civil rights era and the first play written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. Set on Chicago’s South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family. The tensions and prejudice they face mixed with the sacrifice, trust and love among the family and their heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration. The New York Times hailed it as “the play that changed American theater forever.” Directed by Kim Parati.
    March 17 – April 2, 2017 – Purchase Tickets


  7. One Voice Chorus will be partnering with Nashville In Harmony (the LGBTQA chorus of Nashville, TN) to present the U.S. premiere of composer James McCarthy’s Codebreaker, which chronicles the life, work, love, and tragic death of the British mathematician, Alan Turing.
    April 2, 3 p.m., First United Methodist Church.  $20 tickets will be available soon for purchase on their website.

  8. The Mint Musuem Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts will welcome the nationally traveling exhibition State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, with approximately 75 works of contemporary art by 42 artists from every region of the country. The exhibition, organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of Art.  Opens at April 22


  9. Blumenthal Performing Arts is hosting a Charlotte Jazz Festival Picnic, an afternoon filled with FREE jazz performances at Romare Bearden Park. From May through August, enjoy Sounds on the Square every Friday night at Spirit Square’s Outdoor Plaza. This free experience including concerts, dance performances, movie screenings and more. 
    Charlotte Jazz Festival Picnic, April 23 in the afternoon.
    Sounds on the Square will take place every Friday night from May to August.

  10. The Charlotte Symphony is partnering with the Levine Museum of the New South and A Sign of the Times for an eye-opening experience where music meets dialogue to address the issues of inequality and discrimination in Charlotte. The experience, originally planned for late February, is now expected to take place in April. This two-night event, held in venues in both west and south Charlotte is a continuation of the Symphony’s free One Charlotte: A Performance for Peace following the unrest uptown in September 2016.

    Details will be available soon on the Charlotte Symphony’s website.