BANGOR, Maine — The KahBang Festival announced on Thursday the dates for its third annual festival. KahBang, which offers music, film and other cultural events in downtown Bangor each summer, will be held Aug. 5-13, with seven days of smaller events leading up to the two-day music festival on the Bangor Waterfront, set for Aug. 12 and 13.
New additions to KahBang 2011 include the establishment of KahBang Arts, a newly formed nonprofit arm of festival operations, headed by Megan Shorette of Bangor and a board composed of community members. KahBang Arts will work hand-in-hand with the festival in order to bring alternative funding to projects — particularly film and visual art.
KahBang also has announced a commitment to maintain a green, ecofriendly approach to festival production in 2011, introducing “green tickets” in which a portion of ticket sales will be used for environmental initiatives. Finally, KahBang has revealed plans for the first KahBang Connect Conference, a social media industry conference, showcasing experts from across the spectrum of social media and connectivity. The conference will be held during the festival week.
KahBang was founded in 2009 by Timothy Lo and Chas Bruns, and attracted 2,000 attendees to the initial two-day music event. In 2010, it expanded to a nine-day festival, encompassing independent film, visual arts and late-night events in downtown Bangor venues, which in turn attracted a combined audience of 10,000. Last year’s festival included appearances by Grammy-nominated hip-hop star B.o.B and indie rockers OK Go.
Bands and artists who want to be considered for the music portion of the festival should visit sonicbids.com/kahbang. Filmmakers looking to submit their films should visit KahBang at withoutabox.com. For information on the festival, visit www.kahbang.com.