On Thursday, Blumenthal Performing Arts held a launch party to preview its inaugural Charlotte International Arts Festival.

The 17-day event runs Sept. 16 through Oct. 2. in uptown Charlotte and at Ballantyne’s Backyard. Many of the 200-plus events are free.

Here are some of the sights we saw at the launch party.

Amanda was born and raised in Charlotte and graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor’s in Communications and English. She covers Mecklenburg County. Reach her at amanda@qcitymetro.com

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