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Artbeat 2016

Catherine Aiello, ArtBeat 2016 artist

Artbeat 2016

Fri., July 15, 6:00pm to Sat., July 16, 6:00pm

1 Davis Square, Somerville

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ArtBeat 2016: Roots.

ArtBeat is one of the area's largest and most innovative arts festivals, with over a dozen bands, dance troupes, 75 craft vendors, food, and all-age activities.

On Friday night from 6 pm to 10 pm we have music and interactive performances, then on Saturday we shut down Davis Square for the craft vendors, two stages of music, dance in the Somerville Theater, and a host of great interactive peformances from 11 am to 6 pm.

This year’s ArtBeat theme is “roots,” a celebration of all things that have roots, are grounded, that tie people and place together.   How do the roots of our families, friends and community define us, project an image of what we value, what we endear?   Do roots inhibit us, tie us together, and limit our growth?  We invite artists and all community members to explore how roots ground our expression and influence how that expression is publically shared.   How do roots inform a work of art or a concept?  “Roots” evoke many things:  music that expresses a cultural heritage, a dance which pulls from layers of movement, or a visual work of art that suggests ground, dirt and growth.  Perhaps we need a parade that is not linear but tangled.   It’s time to go back to our roots. We look forward to your creative interpretation of this theme!



Date Timesort descending Location Performance
July 16 12:00 PM Davis Square Inside Out Gallery
July 16 12:00 PM Davis Square Food, Craft Vendors and Community Organizations
July 15 6:00 PM Seven Hills Stage Sundog
July 15 7:00 PM Seven Hills Stage Mick Mondo & Streaker
July 15 8:00 PM Seven Hills Stage Latin Logic
July 15 9:00 PM Seven Hills Stage Psychedelic Cinema Orchestra
July 16 12:00 AM Statue Park Pluck Your Prophecy with Julie Ann Otis
July 16 12:00 AM Throughout the festival Activities on Traffic Island and Environs
July 16 12:00 PM Elm Street Plaza Margaret Moody Puppets
July 16 12:00 PM Seven Hills Stage The Steve Walther Orchestra
July 16 12:30 PM Elm St. Stage Angry Toddlers
July 16 12:30 PM Somerville Theater Weber Dance
July 16 1:00 PM Seven Hills Stage Shy Five
July 16 1:30 PM Elm Street Plaza Dan Blakeslee
July 16 1:30 PM Elm St. Stage The By & By
July 16 2:00 PM Seven Hills Stage Jim Libby Band
July 16 2:00 PM Somerville Theater Nozama Dance Collective
July 16 2:00 PM Somerville Theater Jo-Mé Dance
July 16 2:00 PM Somerville Theater Tony Williams Ballet
July 16 2:30 PM Elm Street Plaza Amy Kucharik
July 16 2:30 PM Elm St. Stage Karim Nagi and Sharq Arab Ensemble
July 16 3:00 PM Seven Hills Stage Martha Bourne Band
July 16 3:30 PM Elm Street Plaza Toddler Rave w/Jef Czekaj
July 16 3:30 PM Elm St. Stage BBB
July 16 3:30 PM Somerville Theater Brayton Dance
July 16 3:30 PM Somerville Theater Continuum Dance Project
July 16 4:00 PM Seven Hills Stage Bad Superstar
July 16 4:30 PM Elm St. Stage Banda Raizes
July 16 4:30 PM Elm St. Stage Os Forrozeiros Dance Group
July 16 5:00 PM Seven Hills Stage Funeral Advantage
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