The Festival

NCYCAC Annual Youth Music Festival is the largest of its kind run by the youth in the United States. Inaugurated in 2010, the NCYCAC Festival is organized every year during the Labor Day weekend. Youth carnatic artists from across the United States enthusiastically converge in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park area and participate in the Festival. Thus, the Festival enables students from various stages of their musical journey to conference, show case their talent, have fun, and get inspired to grow further in their pursuit to become musicians.

The year 2016 marks the 7th annual NCYCAC Youth Music Festival, which falls on September 3-4, 2016. We are again holding the Festival in North Carolina State University’s Frank Thompson Hall, 2241 Dunn Ave.,NC State University, Raleigh, NC, 27607. This year we are fortunate to host about 150 youth artists and a dozen music schools in concerts.

Since 2010, NCYCAC has provided a platform for more than 300 youth musicians to exhibit their talents in concerts. More than 750 patrons enjoy the live concerts. Each year, NCYCAC also streams the Festival through a live webcast. Several hundred individuals including those from India and other U.S. States watch the Festival live online every year.

NCYCAC uses the Festival to empower youth to give back to the community. Each year, NCYCAC’s Board comprised of youth leaders select a charitable organization and raise funds for a humanitarian cause. This year’s charity is the Tammy Lynn Center, an organization dedicated to supporting those with developmental disabilities. The past charities who were benefited by NCYCAC Youth Music Festivals are Sankara Nethralaya (2010), Akshaya (2011), AIM for Seva (2012), Vibha (2013), the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (2014), and Meals on Wheels of Wake County (2015). More than $80,000 has been raised and contributed to support these organizations’ services.

Directions to Thompson Hall:
>Take I-40 West to the Gorman Street exit (#295).
>At the bottom of the ramp, merge right onto Gorman St.
>Stay on Gorman for 1.1 miles to traffic light at Avent Ferry Road.
>Turn right onto Avent Ferry.
>Go 1.4 miles to traffic light at Western Blvd.
>Turn right onto Western.
>Go 0.5 miles to Pullen Road (look for a turning lane on your left)
>Turn left onto Pullen.
>Go 0.3 miles to Dunn Avenue.
>Turn left onto Dunn.
>Thompson Hall is on the left.


>Take I-40 East to Wade Avenue exit (#289)
>Go 3.2 miles on Wade.
>Keep left to stay on Wade Avenue.
>Go 0.6 miles on Wade to traffic light at Faircloth St.
>Turn right onto Faircloth.
>Go 0.5 miles on Faircloth to light at Hillsborough St.
>Turn left on Hillsborough.
>Go 1.3 miles on Hillsborough to traffic circle past bell tower.
>At traffic circle, take first right exit onto Pullen Road.
>Go 0.1 miles to Dunn Avenue.
>Turn right on Dunn.
>Thompson Hall is on the left.