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New festival coming to Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Eastern Iowa's largest city is now getting ready to host some big acts, as part of a new festival that was announced Monday.

The festival, called newbo evolve, is being planned by Go Cedar Rapids, a non-profit group, as a way to promote the city and to show much it has "evolved" since the historic 2008 flood.

"This a holistic festival that will have something for everyone," Aaron McCreight, Go Cedar Rapids President, said.

McCreight said the three-day festival largely focuses on interactive speaking sessions. So far, the festival has signed Clint Harp, from HGTV, Emmy Award-winning TV personality, Carson Kressley, the co-founder of Reddit, a fashion designer, and a movie director.

It also brings in two big name musical acts; Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson, to headline the festival.

Newbo evolve will take place August 3 to 5 in the New-Bohemia District, a location McCreight said is perfect for the feel of the festival.

"What does it mean to be Bohemian in 2018? It's no longer the starving artist. Today, Bohemian is really anything creative. Tech is bohemian, art is bohemian.  So is music, dance, all art forms," he said.

In order to take part in all of the sessions, people have to buy a $375 pass. The ticket includes both musical acts.

"To have this level of talent in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, this convergence of talent in one weekend, is really unheard of," McCreight said. "We felt like $375 was really a good deal when you break it down for what you're getting."

Proceeds from the event will go to ensuring the festival stays an annual staple, McCreight said. He said it will also go to further Go Cedar Rapids' work in marketing the city as a whole.

"We want people not only statewide, regionally, but nationally, to say, 'What's going on in Cedar Rapids, Iowa?'", he said.

McCreight said, like it's name, the festival will only evolve, as they sign more speakers and musical acts in the upcoming weeks and months. 

A temporary stage will be built near the new Sinclair Levee along the Iowa River between NewBo and Czech Village for the musical acts. The venue is expected to fit 16,000 people.

Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.. Go Cedar Rapids has capped the event to 4,000 tickets in order to keep it to an "intimate" feel. General admission tickets will be available the following Friday for both musical acts.

More information about the festival can be found here.

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