Weapons of Mass Creation Fest partnering with Cleveland Public Theatre
Rapidly growing midwestern art, design, and music festival remains in Cleveland’s Gordon Square neighborhood, moves to August 16-18, 2013
CLEVELAND, August 8, 2012 — On the heels of its largest-ever attendance, Go Media’s Weapons of Mass Creation Fest (WMC Fest) is pleased to announce a partnership with Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) to utilize one of the city’s greatest cultural and artistic establishments to provide a venue for its 2013 event. WMC Fest IV will be held on August 16-18, 2013, and will use the entirety of the CPT campus, which is located at 6415 Detroit Avenue in Cleveland’s Gordon Square neighborhood. Adding to the new partnership, Neoventures Events returns for the second year as the primary event management company for WMC Fest.
“We know our attendees will fall in love with Cleveland Public Theatre, which I believe is the heart and soul of the Gordon Square Arts District,” says Jeff Finley, Go Media partner and founder of WMC Fest. “CPT is so important to the Northeast Ohio region both culturally and from a community development standpoint that we felt partnering with them was a natural fit. Not only do we have a larger venue for speakers, but we’ve also consolidated the entire festival into one location. Attendees will no longer have to leave the building to see a band between speakers, because everything is all right there and self-contained. Having additional space will allow us to expand into breakout rooms for workshops and unique one-on-one learning experiences.”
Says Raymond Bobgan, Cleveland Public Theatre’s executive artistic director, “We are so excited to collaborate with WMC — we share the values of innovation and creativity, and common focus that runs deep locally, but has a national significance.”
While the impressive 2012 turnout signaled the need for a new venue, Finley wanted WMC Fest to remain in the neighborhood it has called home since its inception. “We’re proud to be able to stay in Gordon Square and are looking forward to working more with the neighborhood this year,” Finley says. “Thanks to CPT, WMC Fest will definitely have that punk-rock, art-and-design-summer-camp vibe even more so than it already does. The only thing we’re missing is a wide open area to camp out! It’s going to be the best WMC Fest yet!”
WMC Fest IV at-a-glance:
- NEW DATE: August 16-18, 2013
- NEW LOCATION: Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio
- 20 speakers, 20 designers in a gallery show, approximately 30 bands
- The premier art, design, and music event in the Midwest
About Weapons of Mass Creation Fest:
Now in its fourth year, Weapons of Mass Creation Fest (WMC Fest) is the premier art, design, and music event in the Midwest. Its goal is to inspire and enable the creative mind and will feature 20 speakers, 20 designers, and nearly 30 bands over the course of one weekend. Creative professionals, entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, students, and fans will gather to learn, get inspired, collaborate, network, and celebrate their passion for art, design, music, and entrepreneurship. Speakers, gallerists, and bands are renowned both regionally and nationally, and come to Cleveland from popular creative hubs like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago. WMC Fest has seen attendance double each year since its 2010 debut, with more than 1,300 packing event venues in 2012. Learn More about Weapons of Mass Creation Fest.
About Cleveland Public Theatre:
Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is an anchor of the Gordon Square Arts District and the city’s leading stage for adventurous new theatre. CPT produces a bold season of new plays that attract a diverse audience. CPT has a special emphasis on developing local artists and arts entrepreneurs through its multiple developmental series. These series produce over 25 new plays by local playwrights and directors, and often launch that work to performances in other markets, such as New York and Toronto. CPT’s acclaimed education programs engage communities in devising new works that speak to contemporary issues, and empower participants to work for positive change in the community, engaging over 500 underserved youth and adults. Learn more about Cleveland Public Theatre.
About Go Media:
Go Media, located in Cleveland, Ohio, offers design services, products, and knowledge for clients who seek unexpected and compelling visual communications. Founded in 2003 by William Beachy and Wilson Revehl, Go Media now houses a team of artists, programmers, and strategists who practice the art of communication. Go Media works with brands who have a passion for smart design, bold creativity, and meaningful ideas. The company is active in building thriving creative communities online through educational content hubs, and via events including Weapons of Mass Creation Fest and On the Map. Learn more about Go Media.
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