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A World-Class Intellectual Experience  in One of  America's Greatest Cities

Asheville Inspires

Asheville Ideas Fest is a welcoming gathering place, encouraging serious discussions and widening world views. From the realness of conversations to the quality of interactions, you'll instantly be inspired from the moment you arrive.
Because we are an intentionally small event, you'll have considerable opportunities to engage with speakers one-on-one. Once panels/speakers are finished, there is plenty of time to indulge in Asheville's innumerable outdoor activities, award-winning breweries and restaurants, and non-stop cultural events.

The Appalachian Mountains have been a community haven for eons. The Cherokee have known this land as Togiyasdi or "Where They Race." In the last century, leaders in arts and industry, from Thomas Edison and Henry Ford to Nina Simone and F. Scott Fitzgerald, have innovated and created within these ancient hardwood forests.
Asheville Ideas Fest is the ideal event for anyone of any background who craves sharing new ideas. It's for the individual who is not afraid to have their thinking challenged. Interested in collaborating and learning using civil discourse? We can't wait to have you here.
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All About Asheville, NC

Asheville is a place where we come to breathe the invigorating mountain air, rest, recharge, and revive. Here, visitors and residents immerse themselves in a multitude of activities in one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth. Creatives, writers, scholars, chefs, brewers, and others gather in a shared spirit of inspiration and innovation surrounded by Asheville's Blue Ridge Mountains. While timber and manufacturing drove the regional economy in the past, today it is technological innovation, healthcare, and intellectual pursuits that light the path to the future.
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    Why Attend Asheville Ideas Fest

    Intimate
    Dialogue

    The ability to hear, listen, and interact with such high-level experts in their field was just a tremendous learning and perspective experience, across the board.” 

    - Jonny, 2023 Ideas Fest Attendee

    Creative
    Collaboration

    I loved the culmination of all of the different experts in their fields being able to share what they were most passionate about with us. I learned a lot and am excited to keep learning on each of these topics through my own research. I also loved the off campus excursions, and nightly programs that were so special and unique.

    - Mackenzie, 2023 Ideas Fest Attendee

    Expanding
    Perspectives

    From climate concerns to curating ideas through conversation; from AI development to the intersection of literature, media, and democracy, the Asheville Ideas Fest propagates seedlings for reflection and discussion.” 

    - Bob, 2023 Ideas Fest Attendee

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    Find inspiration in Asheville, NC, one of America's great cities. We invite you to join us for Asheville Ideas Fest, a gathering of creative thinkers and doers.
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