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Macon festival for creatives anticipated in November

Prepare for robots and stunt men to invade Tattnall Square Park for a few days this fall.

Make-End, a festival for makers scheduled for November 14-15, was announced Friday afternoon at SparkMacon, a local makerspace.

Makers -- creative people with hobbies and talents in the fields of art and technology -- will have a chance to showcase their skills in a way that differs from traditional trade shows and fairs, said Nadia Osman, SparkMacon board member and director of revitalization and business initiatives at College Hill Alliance.

A project of the College Hill Alliance, the festival promotes engagement between attendees and makers.

Osman said she hopes at least 150 makers will participate in the festival. There is also an opportunity to volunteer to market and staff the event with the Make-End ambassadors program.

“While Make-End highlights the Maker Movement on a larger scale ... SparkMacon represents the physical manifestation of the movement, which operates in our community (24/7) 365 days of the year,” SparkMacon board member Brent Lanford said in a statement.

Robert Reese, one of nearly 60 members of SparkMacon, said his specialties are 3-D printing and teaching his children, who he thinks will benefit most from the local maker movement.

“(The festival is) bringing the future to Middle Georgia” by bringing together art and technology in a new way, Reese said.

The festival will be funded by a $125,000 grant from ArtPlace America and will be the largest maker festival in Georgia south of Atlanta, according to a release.

The main attractions for Make-End will be a 30-foot tall robot made from recycled airplane parts, an area where attendees may perform movie stunts and an illuminated bike parade that will cap the final evening of the festival.

“We hope that, whether you’re from Macon or not, you will be amazed by what you see at Make-End,” Osman said.

For more information about the festival, visit www.make-end.com.

To contact writer Conner Wood, call 744-4489.

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