More than 1,300 people attended Kulture Klash 2, according to Olivia Pool, editor of ART Magazine and co-organizer of the event. A number of works of art were sold. And already another Kulture Klash is in the works.
“People are really hungry for new things,” Pool says. “Younger people are bringing new things whether the conventional part of Charleston likes it or not.”
Kulture Klash was first conceived as a small art party that quickly grew beyond expection. The first one, in November, drew about 800 people. Organizers anticipated about twice that many for the second one.
The success of the Kulture Klash model — bringing together a lot of artists, performers, and lovers of of the allure of Bohemia — has already inspired other savvy art impresarios to emulate it.
Chucktown Heads, for instance, presented Homegrown Art Gathering on March 21. It was a kind of psychedelic version of Kulture Klash, featuring live music, graffiti artists, and, of course, breakdancing and hoop dancers of the night.
It’s too early to say, but a rivalry between competing art parties could have interesting ramifications for Charleston’s arts scene.
“It would make Charleston so interesting,” Pool says.
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