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Central Illinois’ premiere arts and makers fest returns to the Peoria Civic Center on August 12! Perfect for the whole family, Ignite Peoria showcases hundreds of local makers, musicians, artists, innovators, dancers, and actors, in one STEAM inspired interactive FREE day of fun and learning! The Proud Home MidWest Makerfest, and Sensory Ignite, this one of a kind festival boasts over 65 hands-on creation stations booths where attendees can learn about singing, writing, dancing, building, acting, painting, drawing, coding, 3D printing, robotics, and so much more! Additionally, the event showcases theatre, dance, spoken word, literary arts; and includes two live performance stages, a flying drone course demonstration, and a live photo shoot at Fashion Ignite! And it’s free! So mark your calendars and join us for the return of Ignite Peoria 2023!

The Follow Your Arts Corridor will offer a range of interactive arts activities, demonstrations, and experiences from some of your favorite arts organizations from across the Peoria Area!

Located within the Follow Your Arts Corridor, Fashion Ignite will feature 4 live fashion photo shoot setups, with professional models, make-up artists, hairdressers and photographers. Led by visionary Lily Scalf, design themes this year include plastics, microplastics, greenwashing and carbon footprints. The shoots will be avant garde, and high concept, allowing the public to experience what goes into a professional fashion photo shoot from start to finish. Visit KM Jewelry Design and Whiskey Crawler adjacent to the Fashion Ignite block for more fashion and design fun.

Midwest Makerfest will be located in Exhibit Hall C and will feature DIY projects, a flying drone course, 3D printing, robotics, resin casting, shape memory alloy demonstrations, cosplay, engineering and coding games, displays, and more.

Sensory Ignite is a special area of festival designed to gently spark creativity, serving attendees with sensory sensitivities and special needs. It will be located outside of Exhibit Hall C near the Monroe Street Entrance and will feature interactive activities and resources.

2023 Workshops

8:30am - 11:00am

FIRST Tech Challenge PreSeason Workshops* (Rm. 134, 135, 136)

Basic Java – Part I

Advanced Mechanism Control

Portfolio and Judging

*These classes are geared towards students involved with FIRST Tech Challenge Teams, however anyone interested can pre-register to join by emailing [email protected]

11:30am - 2:00am

FIRST Tech Challenge PreSeason Workshops* (Rm. 134, 135)

Rm 134 – Basic Java Part 2

Rm 135 – Open CV

*These classes are geared towards students involved with FIRST Tech Challenge Teams, however anyone interested can pre-register to join by emailing f[email protected]

12:00pm - 12:45pm

Musical Theatre for Kids (ages 5 – 21) (Rm. 136)

Ever thought about being on stage in a community musical production but are not sure what to expect? Here’s your chance to get experience and lots of advice. It’s all fun and no stress at this Nitsch Theatre Arts (NTA) sponsored workshop.

1:00pm - 1:45pm

Indie-Author Writing Seminar: (all ages) (50) (Rm. 136)

Ever thought about writing a book and don’t know where to start. Authors Rey Clark and Trever Bierschbach cover writing from early planning, world building, character development and more. Aspiring Writers of all ages welcome.

2023 Performance Schedule

Main Stage

9:00am - 9:30am

Coach Bre Cottage-LLC

A variety of cheerleading and dance routines including jazz, hip hop, and more!

9:30am - 10:00am

Corn Stock Theatre

The cast of Mary Poppins performs live!

10:00am - 10:30am

The Penguin Players

Be treated to a medley of songs from Back to the 80s!

10:30am - 11:00am

Nitsch Theatre Arts

NTA’s Rising Stars and Singapella groups perform their Hits of the Stage and Screen Show!

11:00am - 11:30am

Nitsch Theatre Arts

NTA’s Teen group showcase a sneak peak of their upcoming Addams Family show!

11:30pm - 12:00pm


Come see Peoria’s newest Theatre production!

12:00pm - 12:30pm

Peoria Ballet

These talented dancers showcase ballet, contemporary, jazz and modern!

12:30pm -1:00pm


The Peoria Area Performing Arts Studio will wow you with their amazing performance!

1:00pm - 1:30pm

Peoria Players Theatre

The players highlight their recent and upcoming shows and performances!

1:30pm - 2:00pm

Central Illinois Ballet

The Central Illinois Ballet showcases performances from a variety of their dancers!

2:00pm - 2:30pm

John Wahl

John plays a wide collection of rock, folk, and singer-songwriter music!

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Filipino-American Society

Get a taste of Filipino culture through dance and a fashion show!

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Peoria Magicians Assembly

Now you see it, now you don’t! Don’t miss these amazing magicians!

3:30pm - 4:00pm

Carl Bopp

Watch as Carl performs live covers with his medley of instruments!

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Don’t Start with Warith Muhammad

Warith presents hip-hop with a positive message countering drill music!

The Launchpad

9:00am - 10:45am

The Underground School of Sound

10:45am - 11:30am

Audrey Karan Voss

11:30am - 12:10pm

Erech & Devin

12:10pm - 12:45pm

Spoken Word Artists of Peoria

12:45pm - 1:30pm


1:30pm - 2:10pm

Logan Streitmatter

2:10pm - 2:50pm

Victoria Allen

2:50pm - 3:30pm

Homestyle Acoutstic by Kirk Wessler

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Peoria Music Community Pickin’ Circle

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