The inaugural People’s Festival on July 4th, 2015 from 12 to 5p.m. in beautiful Powderhorn Park marks the a new beginning for the 4th of July in the park! The People’s Festival engages with community artists, organizations and more to celebrate our interdependence through an event created and curated by the community! At the People’s Festival we come together to celebrate our interdependence; how we connect and depend on each other as a greater community. This was summarized beautifully by Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama when he said “I believe that to meet the challenges of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for oneself, one’s own family or nation, but for the benefit of all humankind. Universal responsibility is the key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace.”
The Line Up
- Opening Ceremony (12:00 -12:30)
- Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue Aztec Dancers (12:30 – 1:15) Traditional indigenous dances from Mexico. The performance will have cultural interpretation before each dance, audience participation in the final dance.
- Public Domain Productions sPARKit Pop Up Park (12:45 – 2:45 p.m.) sPARKit is filled with games and family friendly activities, red bistro tables, chairs, a PA system, umbrellas pennant flags, bubbles and bubble wands, hula hoops, bocee ball, connect four, uno, chess, checkers, mancalla and more.
- Greg Herriges Whirled Music (1:00 – 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.) A program of “whirled” music that explores and celebrates the integration of cultural elements that mingle to make up our community and shrinking world.
- Chicks On Sticks (12:45 – 1:30 p.m.) Chicks on Sticks is teaching a stilt walking workshop to the youth (ages 10 to 16) at Powderhorn Park this summer. Their final performance will be at the People’s Festival where their families, friends and community can celebrate their accomplishment.
- People’s Movement Center (1:30 – 3:30 p.m.) Individual 30-minute healing/bodywork (global somatics, cranial sacral, massage) sessions with PMC collective members and volunteers and two movement lab activities. Groups participate in a 15 to 20 minute exercise such as experimenting with the body’s innate push-reach-pull patterns and responses followed by a debrief and reflection time that looks at individual patterns of action or change as illustrated by the somatic exercise.
- Z Puppets Rosenschnoz (1:00 – 2:00 p.m.) In this age of digital entertainment and living our lives in screen time, taking the time to make in the moment, in-person connections is a revolutionary act. Each participant will explore what makes them and those around them laugh and how to harness the power of laughing in their own lives.
- Interdependence Day Picnic Panels (2:00 – 4:00 p.m.) Participants will paint on already prepared 4′ x 8′ wooden panels (portable murals) and create a large artistic scene of people eating (picnicking) together, sharing food and activities, in a park setting.
- Speaker’s Soapbox (1:45 – 3:45 p.m.) Southside Pride will present a space for free speech. Bring your ideas, opinions and make yourself be heard!
- Wisdom Dances Bee Love (2:00 – 4:00 p.m.) There is an installation of an interactive hive and every 20 minutes. Living Wisdom will lead a brief interactive program including Dancing together as a hive. Around the hive a children’s dance/game that both mimics the dance of bees and ends in a lesson on how bees form groups and stretch together to create wax for a short performance and dance.
- I See You, You See Me (3:00 – 5:00 p.m.) Participants will face each other, and draw each other. Names and neighborhoods will be on each portrait. When they are done, they show each other their work. This is not an art contest of skill, but is meant to let folks enjoy their partner’s face, the process of capturing that countenance, and laughing at themselves as they try. Effort, forgiveness, and laughter are all essential as we reach out to each other in our communities.
- Closing Ceremony (4:30 – 5:00 p.m.)
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