Combining a hemp expo with an arts and music festival to celebrate wellness while providing a bit of industry education is what visitors to the three-day event can expect as the Southern Atlantic Hemp and Arts Expo (SAHAE, prononuced Say Hey) gets underway in Asheville, June 25-27.
Set amid the stunning natural environment of Western North Carolina, SAHAE will combine a diverse music lineup with a hemp business expo. Wellness luminaries, workshops, vendors and regional businesses will celebrate the renaissance of natural healing and teaching about emergent hemp industries.
Throughout the weekend, visitors can expect to enjoy performances by three dozen bands, two dozen speakers, dozens of workshops and vendors, a consumer marketplace, an independent film festival, international live streaming with international artists, and an Asheville artisan community showcase.
Executive Producer Don Pickett feels strongly about people’s enlightenment regarding the hemp industry.
“With one amazing plant, hemp gives us a plethora of opportunities to improve not only our own health, but the health of the planet as well,” he said. “I’d like to share that with everyone and let people know what hemp can do, which is literally everything.”
And vendors, educators and entertainers will seek to do just that while greeting guests, introducing their products, conducting demonstrations and answering all sorts of questions.
The music festival portion, dubbed AsheJam, will feature a variety of popular names in the industry across several genres.
Co-producer Dustin Uhrig said, “It’s really cool to see the way that music can bring people together. With this many bands from all across the board, everyone who attends will have something for them to enjoy.”
Several brands representing the hemp, arts, environmental health and natural healing fields will be represented.
Other SAHAE/AsheJam Attractions
There will be special presentations by Playshops, Dr. Bronner’s ALL-ONE Magic Foam Experience, Street Creature Puppet Collective, harm reduction education, theme camps, a cannabis bookstore, rhythm and flow circles, film festival, art installations, Appalachian Mountain Music Jam Camp, fire dancing, food and libations, yoga and healing arts, hip-hop cyphers, and fun for the whole family.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit sahae.org/tickets/.