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Connect: Beyond the Page

Unlimited | 3 hours | Price: $99
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The Experience

Friday, April 20th- Sunday, April 22nd | 3 Days

More than an event; It’s a movement that brings creators and attendees together to engage in thought provoking ways.

Using music (song), film (screen), and storytelling (page), Connect: Beyond The Page explores how collaboration and adaptation create a narrative that can influence social change. Using Asheville, NC as a creative hub, speakers, panelists and performances will take place in unique settings around the city.

SameSide will be featured at Connect: Beyond the Page with action stations to participate in issues around- gun safety, the environment and social reform.

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Where we will meet

This event has various locations across Asheville.

What is included

The 3-day event boasts an eclectic lineup of panels, speakers and performances. Bob Boilen, host of NPR’s All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concert; award-winning playwright Lydia Diamond; cellist and activist Ben Sollee; author and conservationist Jay Erskine Leutze; producer William Horberg; and musician and producer Johnny Irion are among just some of the esteemed creatives to contribute their voices and insights. Included is participation on current issues regarding-gun safety, the environment and social reform. A current list of announced participants and speakers is below, with more names to be announced soon.

What to bring

Bring your ready mind to talk about provocative issues and engage with like minded people.

What We'll Do

Bring together youthful ideology and well-worn experience to create a diverse demographic of men and women who are pioneers in their field. Attendees come to broaden their horizons, their minds, and their connections. These are people who are looking for a more dynamic experience, who want to engage with others, and want to leave a festival with more than just a hangover.

About The Host

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Orrin Whalen

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My name is Orrin and I’ve been told that I am a man of many traits. The thing that I find most beautiful with life is exploration. I’m definitely a try anything twice sort of guy. Adventure is my middle name, the wilder n’ crazier and I’m on board. I lived in Iceland during 2016 where I worked as a Glacier Guide in Skaftafell, I founded and co-lead November Project-LA and design and fabricate my own haunted houses. It became more prevalent that I am passionate about many different issues that align with my hobbies and projects that speak truth to who I am as a person, but how I can express myself as a person as well. I’ve discovered that I’m passionate about protecting the environment, that I believe in the health and wellness of all people, and that the arts should be easily accessible to anyone.

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