A new international arts and dialogue festival —themed around America’s founding ideals — has arrived in Washington, D.C., with grand ambitions to shake up the city’s arts scene and status. By The People, held across over a dozen locations from June 21 to 24, was designed to showcase an array of performances, art installations and speakers with a particularly Washington bent.
There are free events in Farragut Square all this summer.
The first annual ‘By the People’ festival brings huge installations and free performances to every quadrant of D.C.
Austin has South by Southwest. Aspen has the Aspen Ideas Festival. Now, D.C. has its own artsy, zeitgeist-capturing event. The inaugural By the People festival, running Thursday through Sunday, sprinkles interactive installations and innovative performances across five hub locations in the city.
WASHINGTON (ABC7) — This weekend, an arts festival takes over Washington called By The People. Festival organizers hope it will rival SXSW in Austin or the Aspen Ideas Festival.
Exhibits are set up and performances are scheduled in every D.C. quadrant.
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Halcyon’s reach extends across the District. By The People, the citywide festival that the nonprofit is launching this weekend, may be unprecedented here. Neko Case and Ray LaMontagne opened the festival on Wednesday night with a concert at The Anthem. Most of the Smithsonian Institution’s museums plan to stay open until midnight on Saturday for a solstice party coordinated with Halcyon.
Sunday, close out the weekend with Punk Latitudes at Union Market as part of By The People. Sasha Lord presents a showcase of legendary bands and immersive programming, including musical performances, DJ sets, and a video screening.