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Innovation and Music: Get to Know This Week’s Thrival Festival

September 21, 2016

By Megan Hogan

Thrival Festival continues to grow every year in Pittsburgh, from its “proof of concept” in 2013 to this year’s festival. The festival blends innovation with live music and encourages Pittsburghers to create, innovate and grow. Last year more than 2,000 attendees and 120 speakers made Thrival a success and it continues this year. Here are just a few of the events to look forward to.

Meeting You Where You’re At: Community Storytelling and the Value of Place

In this presentation, Thrival partners with the American Society of News Editors/PNA for a discussion around how the ‘Burgh is a one of America’s new “it” cities and what it’s like to live in – and participate in –the rise of the city. // Sept. 21, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., free, Alloy 26 Auditorium, 100 S. Commons, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15212

#Hashtag: Crossing the Lines

Meet Thrival Innovation speaker and #hashtag inventor #chrismessina – read his interview on our blog: thrivalfestival.com

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In this half-hour session, speakers D.S. Kinsel, an entrepreneur and artist, and Chris Messina, developer experience lead at Uber, discuss how one character (ahem, the hashtag) changed the way we interact on social media. Oh yeah, Messina is also the inventor of the hashtag. Don’t miss this opportunity to get inside the heads of people who think of new ways for individuals all over the world to easily connect. // Sept. 22, 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., free, Alloy 26 Auditorium, 100 S. Commons, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15212

How to Build an Art Town: Supporting & Sustaining Arts Communities in Post-Industrial America

Some of the more well-known leaders in the Pittsburgh art scene gather to discuss the answer to the question, “What are the key ingredients to sustaining and supporting an arts community outside of traditional hubs such as New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco?” Speakers Casey Droege, founder of Six x Ate, Eric Holowacz, executive director and founder of Sedona Arts Center, Kelly Maolne, founder of Workshop PGH and Alisha Wormsely, interdisciplinary artist and cultural producer, join moderator Ryan Lammie for what’s sure to be a thought-provoking panel. // Sept. 22, 1-2 p.m., free, Alloy 26 Auditorium, 100 S. Commons, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15212

Music Lineup

The musical performances are packed with big names in music, including the Chainsmokers, Pittsburgh’s Daya, Thievery Corporation, CHVRCHES and more. Because Thrival is committed to offering affordable, high-quality experiences for all attendees, the music festival ticket prices are reasonable: $69 for two days and more than 20 musical performances. Get your tickets here and get ready to rock, rain or shine. // Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. and Sept. 24 at 12 p.m., $50-$79, Carrie Furnaces, Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Swissvale, Pa. 15218

For the full innovation and music festival schedule, go here. Some of the events, including a few listed here, have limited space, so reserve your tickets here.