Jul 12, 2013
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Bridgeport's Bright Side: Art, Music, History and Even Poetry Projected Onto Buildings

Bridgeport's Bright Side: Art, Music, History and Even Poetry Projected Onto Buildings

When residents around Connecticut think of the city of Bridgeport, the arts may not be the first thing that comes to mind—and the Bridgeport Arts Fest is among the innovative efforts working to change that perception.

Now in its fourth year, the festival continues to promote Bridgeport’s burgeoning arts scene by hosting a lively celebration of local artistic talent, in which over 70 community artists, artisans, crafters and musicians showcase their work.

This year’s festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, July 13, on downtown Bridgeport’s historic McLevy Green.

Tents housing the works of artists—from painters to photographers, sculptors to jewelry and clothing designers—line McLevy Green. Not only do the artists present their finished works but many of them also demonstrate their unique craft: pick up a T-shirt screen-printed before your eyes at screen-printer Liz Squillace’s booth, watch weaver Ruben Marroquin demonstrate the techniques of using a loom, learn how to create beautiful glassware from glass blower Dylan Cotton, and discover the art of puppetmaking with Iyabarts Puppets.

Beyond visual arts, a release on the event explains, you can enjoy live musical performances from Food (12 p.m.), Alpaca Gnomes (2 p.m.), Girls on Bikes (3 p.m.) and Relative Souls Funk (4 p.m.).

The Bridgeport Theatre Company takes the stage at 12:30, while the Hoop Dancers of southwestern Connecticut show off their hula-hooping skills all day throughout the green. Headlining the after-party concert, which takes place from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., are dance-centric indie groups Pocket Hotties, Body Language, the Spinto Band and Bearstro-Naut.

The festival’s annual Downtown Tour allows attendees to explore downtown Bridgeport’s history and take in panoramic views of the city. The tour, led by an expert in Bridgeport’s architectural history, Charles Brilvitch, begins at 1 p.m. Prior to this, at 10 a.m., attendees are invited to kick off their day at the festival with a group bicycle ride to the beach at Seaside Park.

A new addition to Bridgeport Arts Fest is the PoeMobile, a New York City-based, hand-painted truck that projects poetry onto buildings. At 8:30 p.m., a group of Bridgeport poets will perform their works aloud as the PoeMobile projects their words onto the façade of the McLevy Building and hip-hop/jazz group The Mighty Third Rail provides accompanying music.

Said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch in the press release, “Whether you’ve been to the Bridgeport Arts Fest before or are attending for the first time, you’re going to see exciting new and original work from visual artists, musicians and more. Bridgeport continues to grow as a home for artists and Arts Fest is cementing its place as a Park City cultural attraction. We are thrilled to provide this showcase for the creativity and talent of local artists.”

Bridgeport Arts Fest is family-friendly and admission is free. For more information, visit online at bridgeportartsfest.com.


Bridgeport's Bright Side: Art, Music, History and Even Poetry Projected Onto Buildings

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