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Sidewalk Detroit 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 visitors alike.”

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.

Sidewalk Detroit 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, Myers-Johnson stated:

“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 re-purposed materials.

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 entrances.

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.

Find Sidewalk Detroit on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to catch latest updates and live shares during the festival.  Or share and invite friends to the fest’s official event page.

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