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Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts scheduled for August 2nd

Detroit: On August 2, 2014, Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts, an outdoor celebration of site-specific performance and installation art, will fill the courtyards, sidewalks, storefronts, and gardens in and around Artist Village Detroit (17340 Lahser) with engaging site-specific work from 3:00-9:00 p.m.

Sidewalk celebrates the architecture, culture and artistry of Detroit places through site-specific performance and installation.

Sidewalk’s mission is to promote visual and performing arts in Detroit by transforming public, unique and under-used property into non-traditional performance venues. Sidewalk stimulates pedestrian traffic and engagement in unique Metro-Detroit places by repurposing space for live visual and performing arts. Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts is an annual event that promotes place-making and creative use of space in Detroit.

Passalacqua; photo by Doug Coombe


This year’s highlights will include: Site Specific Theater- Pop Up Shakespeare- Modern Dance- House Dance- Interactive Art- Experimental Jazz- Progressive Hip Hop- Spoken Word featuring:

  • Passalacqua,
  • Detroit Party Marching Band,
  • Tunde Olaniran,
  • New York Guest Artist Dulcinea Detwah (native Detroit),
  • Underground Resistance presenting D3,
  • New York Guest artist Alexa Dexa creating sound sculptures from found objects, Sculptures are interactive,
  • Chicago guest artist: Raks Geeks (sci-fi belly dance),
  • Mosaic Youth Theater,
  • A big focus this year is on interactive artwork,
  • 30 foot fiber art “Art Tunnel” that people can walk through.

Detroit is internationally renowned for its unique architecture and rich artist heritage. Sidewalk will present the work of a diverse collection of dance companies, theater troupes, musicians, and visual artists who are making non-traditional and avant-garde work specifically informed by the landscape and culture of the city.

Last year’s highlights include Kresge Award winners Hardcore Detroit and Passalaqua celebrating hip hop; Parangoles Playhouse, a tribute to Brazilian and urban wearable art installed in the “Art Alley;” movement and poetry collaboration between poetess Jessica Care Moore and modern dance company Jungle Statement; and pop-up Shakespeare performances from Magenta Giraffe Theater Company.


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