Arts and Culture Festival Comes to Downtown Glendale

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The city of Glendale celebrates the arts in style in February.

The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, Local First Arizona and the city are collaborating to bring more than 100 artists, musicians and interactive arts experiences to the community. A week before the Big Game (Super Bowl LVII) kicks off in Glendale, the downtown core will welcome the community to connect and celebrate through arts and culture.

The Downtown Glendale Arts and Culture Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 4 at Murphy Park, 5850 W. Glendale Ave.

Preparations are underway for the outdoor festival, which will showcase Arizona’s artistic and cultural offerings. Murphy Park will serve as the backdrop for the event with live music performances, a craft market, a local wine and beer garden, live paintings, art installations and food vendors that visitors and residents will be able to discover and enjoy.

“Our goal is to provide a quality family event that showcases downtown Glendale and our diverse communities for Arizona residents and visitors,” said Mojgan Vahabzadeh, Arts and Culture Program Manager. culture of Glendale, in a press release. “We strive to develop partnerships that help strengthen the connection between people and their public spaces through engaging artistic experiences.”

The festival will go beyond the boundaries of the park and encourage the participation of the various businesses that make up this pedestrian shopping district.

Participants will attend pop-up shows at local businesses featuring live painting, acoustic music shows, artist demonstrations and artistic performances.

VESSEL and Flam Chen are already confirmed as featured artists. VESSEL’s atmospheric theatrical performance will transform the street into a stage. Performers move in and out of the audience and public space, creating a visual kaleidoscope. The show will take place from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

A showcase featuring Flam Chen begins at 7 p.m. in the E. Lowell Rogers Amphitheater in Murphy Park. The collaborative performance will incorporate costumes, choreography, puppets, stilts, music and other circus and fire arts. A full schedule of events, activations and performances will be available in January.

Applications are available here for artisans, food vendors and exhibitors interested in participating in the event.

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