Fantase is currently on hold until we find collaborative partners for a 2018 expansion
WHAT IS FANTASE?
Located in historic, downtown Santa Fe at the iconic DeVargas Park, FANTASE Fest is a unique nighttime event where a diverse mix of thousands of people gather to celebrate innovative art, performance, local food and music, and community engagement. Complimenting the site-specific art installations that will be commissioned through the generosity of a NM Arts grant, the evening will also include local bands on two different stages, food trucks, a skate jam in the skate park, performances, and more!
Since its inception four years ago, attendance has increased year over year. The first three years counted a total of 7,500 attendees, and we expect 4,500 to 5,000 in 2016. Audience surveys indicate that 92% of the participants were under the age of 44 and while locals reign the day, the festival has attracted a significant number of visitors throughout the state. We have worked with over 130 community partners over the past three years, and after this year’s fest we will have given $80,000 of grants to local artists through the generosity of New Mexico Arts.
To support Santa Fe’s next generation of rising artistic, culinary, and musical talent, FANTASE Fest allocates over 80% of the budget directly to the artists, musicians, performers, creative technicians, and designers. With this opportunity to showcase their work, participants also benefit from making meaningful connections at the festival and many have received jobs and opportunities as a result of this exposure.