Words by Hallie Saculla
Photo submitted by Steven Langdon

The Kent State Student Recreation and Wellness Center will host Kentchella, a music and arts festival, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. March 10.

“The goal is to use our facility to show off all of the Kent State student talent,” says Steven Langdon, marketing coordinator for the Department of Recreational Services. “Kent State is an extremely creative school, and I felt like we needed our own place to have a glorified ‘open-mic’ night.”

A play on the word Coachella, a popular music and arts festival held annually in southern California, Kentchella is a free event open to all students with a FLASHcard. The first 500 students will receive a Kentchella wristband.

The event will consist of live music and talent, art displays, a fashion show produced by FAMEE and a silent disco. Kentchella will offer yoga, Zumba and the first Kent State class of Bollywood and belly dancing.

The rock wall will also be open all night to provide an aerial view of the main stage to climbers, similar to Coachella’s symbolic Ferris wheel.

Langdon says the idea of Kentchella originated in an event brainstorm about five years ago when he was a student employee.

“This year, now that I’m full-time, I was able to pick the idea that was the coolest,” Langdon says. “I knew we had to do something fresh and different. I personally have been on a music festival kick for the past couple years, and I always felt Kent should do something similar that is just student talent.”

For a complete lineup of the event with scheduled times, visit the REC’s Facebook page.

Hallie Saculla is the fitness and recreation reporter for The Burr.