LEAF Festival brings music and culture to Black Mountain

Ehren Cruz, performing arts director of LEAF Festival, joins News 13's Evan Donovan to talk about the 22nd year of LEAF. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Every May and October for the past 22 years, Lake Eden becomes the site for a beloved weekend festival.

Lake Eden Arts Festival boasts crowds of more than 10,000 people to "experience the power music, art and culture has to transform lives, strengthen community, and foster unity," according to the LEAF website.

LEAF Festival takes place on the site of the old Historic Black Mountain College with a stunning array of rolling hills, lakes, streams, and mountain beauty on hundreds of acres of comfortable camping grounds. LEAF scours the globe for artists, musicians, performers and facilitators that are not only masters of their craft, but who also care deeply for the power of arts education and family engagement.
LEAF Community Arts is a non-profit organization in which all donations and festival proceeds supports cultural arts education programming locally and globally! Since 2004, LEAF Schools & Streets has served over 55,000 youth with programs in over 20 Western North Carolina locations. LEAF International features cultural preservation programs in 10 countries worldwide. Your attendance at LEAF not only provides you with an amazing weekend experience with friends and family, but provides a platform for fostering the growth of our youth into creative leaders in their communities worldwide.

Ehren Cruz, LEAF's performing arts director, gives News 13 viewers a preview of this spring's festival.

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