The month of August will come to a close this summer with one of Boston’s most proud and extraordinary exhibitions of talent and creativity— the Boston Arts Festival. This two-day event will take place at the scenic Christopher Columbus Park in one of the city’s most storied and culturally rich neighborhoods— the North End.
Former mayor, Thomas Menino instituted the festival back in 2003 to promote public celebration and interaction with visual and performing arts. Previously a one-day festival, the extended length of the event is a testament to Menino’s hopes having been realized.
Boston’s expansive performing arts scene is showcased at the festival in many ways. Various dance and theatre troupes can be expected to use this public space in unique and entertaining ways. Local bands will also be serenading festival-goers with an array of sounds from pop to folk. The variety of these performances will provide the festival with a multi-faceted appeal. Ballet, poetry and improvisational performances are some examples of the various acts that will be present at this year’s festival.
Boston Open Studios Coalition will be sending some of their favorite artists to display visual works at the festival. Various mixed media and independent artists will also be contributing to the visual face of the event. The interesting collection of minds and imaginations will give the festival a unique appeal that encompasses the quality work one can find in a museum and the anonymous wonder of street vendors and artists.
Families and other attendees can also reach beyond a state of viewing and participate in various interactive activities. Some of examples of participatory arts include the opportunity to contribute to a collaborative on-site mural, papermaking, wire sculpture making and more.
Those in Boston during August 30- August 31st should check out the Boston Arts Festival. There will be so much to view and do and enjoy, it’ll truly be worth the trip.