Halcyon’s By the People festival, June 21-24, is Washington’s new international arts and dialogue festival taking place in every quadrant of the city and focused on the themes of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Expect a full-on arts takeover of Washington during the four-day extravaganza, with interactive visual art installations, performances ranging from ballet to go-go, high-profile speakers, and an augmented reality art hunt. Attendees are encouraged to register in advance for a free four-day festival pass, and to visit the schedule to make a plan for the festival and explore the small number of events that do require additional tickets. Intended to promote empathy and spark civil discourse, the festival is organized by Halcyon in association with the Smithsonian, Destination DC, ARTECHOUSE and dozens of other D.C. organizations.
A special note from our curators:
The talents I assembled for the visual arts exhibitions at this inaugural By The People have embraced the opportunity to create work in response to the inspiring and often complicated sites. Their works transform these historic spaces, sacred spaces, vacant spaces, and art-ready spaces, ultimately heightening our awareness of their significance. - Virginia Shore, Artistic Director of Visual Arts, Halcyon (View Virginia's full curatorial statement here).
Welcome to BY THE PEOPLE. By bringing our city together surrounding our nation’s founding principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, we hope to provoke dialogue about what it means to be American in today’s world. Many things unite us as a community—certainly our shared national experiences, our special mix of diverse cultural expressions and our delight in simple pleasures and pastimes. And just as many things threaten to divide us. By gathering as a community to talk, listen and experience exciting new things together, we will understand and appreciate each other more deeply. We hope the program you are about to be part of will spark a new thought, emotion, or question about the world we all share. - Septime Webre, Artistic Director of Perfoming Arts, Halcyon
This event would not be possible without our committee (below) and our supporters.