For Immediate Release
August 27, 2012
Arts, Tourism & Special Events
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino and presenting sponsor Liberty Mutual Insurance have announced that the 10th annual (ähts): The Boston Arts Festival will take place on Friday, September 7th, 6 - 8PM and Saturday, September 8th - Sunday, September 9th from Noon to 6 PM, at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park. “Boston’s vibrant arts and cultural sector is unique and each year we look forward to celebrating the Boston arts scene and its exceptional contribution to the social fabric of our great city. Head down to the waterfront and join us in celebrating the 10th anniversary of Ahts and the vast talent and work of our local arts community at the idyllic Christopher Columbus Park.” said Mayor Menino.
For the first time, this year’s festival will feature a kick off concert, headlined by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, on Friday, September 7, at 6:00 PM. Another exciting addition is Boston artist, Carolina Aragón’s proposal for a sculptural installation entitled Ripples for this year’s Boston Ahts Festival. Her project has already been approved for installation by the Boston Art Commission. This artwork, part of a City-wide effort encouraged by Mayor Menino and with the support of the Boston Art Commission to bring more artist led temporary art installations to the city of Boston, has been designed specifically for the front lawn of Christopher Columbus Park. With this project, Carolina will explore the interplay of light and color.
Affectionately dubbed (ähts), The Boston Arts Festival is designed to launch Boston’s arts season and showcase more than 60-juried artists and Boston’s contemporary arts scene. Visual artists will exhibit and sell one-of-a-kind and limited edition works of art, covering a broad spectrum of creativity, in a specially designed artists’ village.
The festival also features a performance program on two separate stages: the Waterfront Stage and the Garden Stage. This year’s performance program includes:
12:30-1:00pm - Sam Cornish, Garden Stage
1:00 - 1:45pm – City Stage Company, Garden Stage
1:45-2:30pm - Bird Courage, Waterfront Stage
2:30-3:00pm – Love Experiment, Garden Stage
3:00-3:45pm – Miss Fairchild, Waterfront Stage
3:45 - 4:15pm - Yesberger Band, Garden Stage
4:15-5:00pm – Stereo Telescope, Waterfront Stage
5:00 - 5:30pm - Me vs. Gravity, Garden Stage
5:30 - 6:15pm - Rag Time, Waterfront Stage
12:30-1:00pm - Nick Hakim, Garden Stage
1:00 - 1:45pm - City Stage Company, Garden Stage
1:45 - 2:30pm - Boston Tap Company, Waterfront Stage
2:30 - 3:00pm -Unlimited Perception, Garden Stage
3:00-3:45pm - Makanda Project, Waterfront Stage
3:45 - 4:15pm - Jaime Wood, Garden Stage
4:15 - 5:00pm - Bearstronaut, Waterfront Stage
5:00 - 5:30pm – Wambura Mitaru, Garden Stage
5:30 - 6:15pm - TBD, Waterfront Stage
There will also be a program of family friendly activities including interactive paintings led by the Mayor’s Mural Crew, a special children’s area, and a glass blowing demonstration. Local artist, Fish McGill will lead a collaborative drawing project with festival-goers. There will also be puppet encounters, a chalk artist and several other exciting additions to this year’s interactive program.
The Boston Arts Festival is presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance and is co-sponsored by Metro Boston, with additional support from the Highland Street Foundation, and RadioBDC. The 3-day festival takes place at Christopher Columbus Park, conveniently located on Boston’s waterfront between Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Boston’s historic North End. The Park is easily accessed via public transportation: Blue Line to Aquarium stop, Green Line to the Haymarket stop, or the Orange Line also to Haymarket stop.
For detailed information visit (ähts): The Boston Arts Festival website at http://www.bostonahtsfestival.com/, www.cityofboston.gov/arts or call 617-635-3911. The Boston Arts Festival is produced by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events.