Saturday, October 19 at 12pm

About SouthNEXT

SouthNEXT is the annual, weekend-long festival of art, ideas and music hosted by the intentionally diverse and inclusive community of South Orange and Maplewood. Each year SouthNEXT brings together local artists, speakers and performers to catalyze the kind of “creative collisions” that spark new ideas and inspire new solutions to some of the most pressing communal challenges of our times.

SouthNEXT ’19 kicks off on Saturday, October 19 with a full day of events, conversations and “collisions” in the SOPAC Loft and continues on Sunday, October 20 with programming all day at Seton Hall University.

SouthNEXT Schedule

Due to the very generous financial support of RWJBarnabas Health Medical Center and Seton Hall University, tickets this year are free! Please register to confirm your reservation and assure your seating.


SOMA’S Got Crazy Talent Contest

SouthNEXT is putting out a call for people who are Crazy Talented: people who can sing, dance, or play musical instruments like nobody’s business! SOMA’s Got Crazy Talent is not just any open mic night. This is the opportunity for you (and your friends) to bring out your various and incredible talent and show it off in the SOPAC Loft the evening of Saturday, October 19.

The grand prize winner will take home a $500 Amazon Gift Card. Second prize is 2 tickets to a SOPAC show plus a $75 certificate to Jackie & Son restaurant. Third prize is a $50 gift certificate to Sparkhouse Toy store.

To apply to perform, go to and upload a short one-minute video of your talent before the deadline of September 21. Semi-finalists will be chosen, and then the SOMA community will log-on to upvote their favorites, and whittle it down to the top finalists!

The top contestants will perform their talent in the SOPAC Loft the evening of Saturday, October 19 in front of a live audience with celebrity judges including talent connoisseur Johanna Wright, Promoter/Musician Mike Griot, South Orange Village President Sheena Collum and more.

Learn More & Apply to Perform

 For details, visit our Accessibility page.

If you or a member of your party is in need of assistance please notify SOPAC at the time your tickets are purchased. The SOPAC Box Office can be reached at (973) 313-2787.