The Smithsonian Institution Arts and Industries Building (A&I) will serve as the headquarters and central hub for the inaugural By the People Festival, an international arts and dialogue festival taking place across Washington, D.C., Thursday, June 21, through Saturday, June 24. Presented by Halcyon, the four-day arts takeover was created to promote empathy and spark civil discourse.
"The Smithsonian will celebrate the first Saturday of summer— 'Solstice Saturday'—with free parties, programs and performances June 23. In addition to programs for adults and children, most Smithsonian museums will be open until midnight..."
"For Will Avila, walking around the District’s Brightwood neighborhood brings back memories of crime and neglect. His mother abandoned him at a McDonald’s when he was small; his father struggled with alcohol; the only sense of family he found was in a gang..."
"Washington society came out to raise more than $650,000 for Halcyon on Friday at the local arts and business incubator’s annual awards night, held this year at Washington National Cathedral. The evening honored filmmaker Lee Daniels; Mitchell J. Landrieu, the former mayor of New Orleans; and Shinola founder Tom Kartsotis..."
Both legends in their own right, Case and LaMontagne are teaming up for a night of flourishing folk at The Anthem as the official kickoff to the inaugural run of Halcyon’s By The People Festival, an arts and dialogue festival “bringing people together around the themes of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” It’s a win-win for all involved.
At the inaugural By the People festival, created by the start-up incubator Halcyon, artists will cover the District with yarn (as in Stacy Cantrell’s yarn-bomb at the Parks at Walter Reed), light (Nick Cave’s “Untitled” projection at Washington National Cathedral), fabric (Chloe Bensahel’s installation at Union Market) and more in a series of installations and performances, most of them free.
Missed out on tickets to “Hamilton”? Looking for something to evoke the spirit of the show, but at a more reasonable price? Washington’s classical calendar is full of events that relate in one way or another to the main themes of this blockbuster musical.
What exactly is this new event? This arts and innovation festival covers the range of (installations, performances, and talks at venues all around the city), and with a range of partners including the Smithsonian and Artechouse, it’s worth investigating!