festival is August 3 and 4
DETROIT: After six years,
Detroit’s annual street festival—that takes over a few, alleys,
streets, and yes, sidewalks on the westside—is back and ready
“to create, engage, and inspire with fellow Detroiters and
Opening night is on Friday
August 3, 2018, from 7:00 – 10:00PM at The Artist Village,
and on Saturday, August 4, from 3:00 – 10:00PM, both located at
17336 Lahser, Detroit. The festival is free and open to all –
with family friendly activities, food, vendors, and ART.
Over the course of two
days, the creative works of 45 artist groups—over 100
Detroit-based artists—will be spotlighted, spanning the creative
planes of dance, installation art, opera, theater, interactive
performance, music, poetry, and multidisciplinary work.
Attendees should come prepared to walk through (re)imagined
space, full of magical experiences, reflective moments, and
unannounced interactive performance.
Photo courtesy Sydney James
Photo courtesy Trilogy Beats
The festival theme this
year is Source←→Future, with invitations to presenting
artists to explore concepts related to the sources in our world
that determine our future: how the two interact, flow and engage
in an interplay of positives and negatives. Guests will get to
explore custom built creative play and relaxation structures
built from re-purposed, locally sourced materials as a means of
thinking differently about waste and re-use.
director and founder, Ryan Myers-Johnson, who has steered
the Sidewalk Festival into its sixth year, is an accomplished
dancer and choreographer herself, with years of experience both
at home and abroad. With the theme this year Source←→ Future,
“This year we are focusing
on our roots, on the core values that make Sidewalk what it is.
We create complete, demographic access to experimental and
boundary-pushing work from Detroit’s most self-determined
artists.” “Attendees can witness the creation of a live mural by
fine artist Sydney James as she explores the sources of
neighborhood strength as embodied by black women. Artists will
explore the theme Source←→Future experimental theater,
dance and installation topics ranging from mental health issues,
to race, class, and privilege.”
The festival features
several creative play opportunities; local architect teams have
worked together to create new imaginative projects built from
The festival has been and
continues to be free and open to all but donations are welcomed.
Attendees will find donation jars, official t-shirts, and
festival layout and artist line-up info at each of the
There is currently an OPEN CALL for volunteers. Besides getting an
unforgettable behind-the-scenes experience and making
long-lasting friendships, volunteers will receive a free,
limited edition Sidewalk Detroit t-shirt, free food, and
raffle tickets to win awesome prizes.
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