By the People Festival
Washington’s inaugural arts and dialogue festival – will take place in every quadrant of the city, bringing people together around the themes of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. By the People is intended to promote empathy and spark civil discourse, building bridges across the cultural divide – exactly what we need at this moment in time. Halcyon is organizing the festival in association with the Smithsonian, numerous cultural organizations, government agencies and businesses. By The People will connect the District’s rapidly growing art scene to the city’s long history of civic dialogue and debate. Through robust arts programming and dialogue, By The People puts human connection front and center, reminding us that more unites us than divides us. The free four-day extravaganza features a full-on arts takeover of Washington with interactive art installations, ballet premieres, indie-rock, punk, jazz, gospel, opera and Go-go performances and an augmented reality art hunt. A courtesy shuttle service will circulate between hub locations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day of the festival.