Who is this festival for?

Are you a fan of radio shows like World Cafe and This American Life? Do you tune in each morning to NPR Morning Edition for thought-provoking stories and profiles? Or feel energized by TED talks and topics? Then Connect: Beyond The Page is the perfect event for YOU! This 3-day event is focused on exploring stories and topics from creators of all backgrounds and experiences. You’ll experience firsthand thought-provoking events featuring panels, speakings, performances, and film screenings hosted by influencers, creators, and activists.


Where do I pick up my pass?

Ticket-holders can check in at The Social Lounge at 81 Broadway St. in downtown Asheville, NC throughout the weekend during the following hours:

Friday: 10 am - 5 pm

Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm

Sunday: 10 am - 12 pm


Can I buy a day pass?

Single day passes are available for each day of the event.


Will tickets be available for purchase at the venues?

Single-day as well as three-day passes will be available for purchase at each of the five official venues hosting Connect: Beyond The Page during event hours.


Can I come-and-go from the events?

Absolutely! We encourage you to drop in on as many panels and performances as you like.


Can I bring my kids?

We love children, but most of the topics and events may be too mature for little ears (and attention spans). However, we do encourage you to bring the teen in your life who is inspired by current events, music, film, and storytelling. We do not offer discounted tickets.


I’d love to help! Are there volunteer opportunities?

If you’re interested in volunteering in exchange for access to the festival, please out fill out the submission form here: https://www.connectbeyondthepage.com/volunteer/


What venues are holding the events?

There are five official venues hosting Connect: Beyond The Page events. Those include: The Orange Peel, Central United Methodist Church, The Grail Moviehouse, Asheville Community Theatre, and Asheville Social Hall.

Additional events will also be hosted at Satellite Gallery and the Fine Arts Theatre


I heard NPR’s Bob Boilen is speaking at the Grey Eagle on Friday morning. Is this part of your event?

In the collaborative spirit of Asheville, NC, Connect: Beyond The Page speaker Bob Boilen will also appear at the Asheville Area Arts Council’s 8th annual Creative Sector Summit. As keynote speaker, Boilen will deliver his vantage as a journalist and musician to explore what opportunities and challenges Asheville might expect to face as its music scene explodes. The summit will also feature panels exploring the economic impact case study of Asheville’s music industry. Tickets to the Creative Sector Summit are sold separately from Connect: Beyond The Page and are available at ashevillearts.com.


Is there a way that I can submit my Tiny Desk application to Bob Boilen in person?

Ummm... no. Tiny Desk has an application process and we strongly encourage you to apply within NPR’s application requirements. Also, it looks like the 2018 Tiny Desk Concert contest is currently closed for submissions:


Will there be books and author merchandise available for purchase?

Yes! All featured authors participating in the event will have books available for purchase and signing at the official venues. Make sure to check out the main Connect: Beyond The Page bookstore at the Central United Methodist Church lobby for an assortment of titles for all ages.


I heard there is a Cold Mountain reunion, where is it being held? Will there be beer?

In celebration of the 15th-anniversary of the award-winning film “Cold Mountain”, Connect: Beyond The Page will be hosting a special screening of the film at noon on Saturday, April 21st at the Fine Arts Theatre. The event will be attended by the film's producers Albert Berger ("Little Miss Sunshine”/"Nebraska") and William Horberg ("The Kite Runner”/“The Talented Mr. Ripley”), as well as author Charles Frazier who will be on hand for commentary and questions.

Don't miss out on drinking a limited edition Highland Brewing Cold Mountain Mountain Ale at this featured event!


Will there be parking for the event?

Downtown Asheville offers an assortment of garage and street parking. A few garages that are centrally located and easy to access include: Rankin Avenue Garage (68 Rankin Avenue); Biltmore Avenue Parking Garage (60 S. Lexington Avenue); and Wall Street Garage (45 Wall Street).