Free festival presented by Revolutionary Spaces and featuring Chanon Judson, Grace Galu Kalambay, Pyeng Threadgill, Frank London, and Porsha Olayiwola kicks off 250th Tea Party Commemoration
BOSTON, Aug. 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Revolutionary Spaces presents the Raising Voices Festival: A Celebration of Music, Art, and the Power of Protest on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24, 2023. The free, multi-disciplinary festival in the heart of downtown Boston will commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party—one of the most influential protests in American history. Featured artists include Chanon Judson, Co-Artistic Director of Urban Bush Women; Grace Galu Kalambay, a vocalist, actor, and composer who combines the sounds of her Irish and Congolese heritage with a soulful and gritty twist; Pyeng Threadgill, a vocalist/songwriter who performs a mix of soul, jazz, folk and blues; Frank London, a trumpeter, bandleader, composer, and member of the Klezmatics; and Porsha Olayiwola, the current poet laureate for the City of Boston, who uses afro-futurism and surrealism to examine historical and current issues in the Black, woman, and queer diasporas.
The public is invited to walk in the footsteps of revolutionaries who came before us during this weekend-long event featuring a range of performances and attractions from local and national artists and community partners. Revolutionary Space’s Washington Street campus—from the Old State House to Old South Meeting House and beyond—will be activated with experiences for people of all ages. Festival-goers will encounter musicians, dancers, actors, poets, and artists, as well as community pop-ups, food vendors, sidewalk and storefront activations, and a family area with a sensory-friendly zone. The street festivities will take place from 11:00 am-6:00 pm on Saturday and from 11:00 am-5:00 pm on Sunday.
“The Raising Voices Festival was created to uplift and celebrate voices of revolution from the past, present, and future,” said Revolutionary Spaces President & CEO Nathaniel Sheidley. “As we prepare to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party later this year, we honor Boston’s rich history as the birthplace of American protest and the cradle of change that has shaped our nation. Revolutionary Spaces is proud to set the stage and amplify diverse voices and the spirit of revolution, and to engage the Greater Boston community in this important conversation around democracy and free speech.”
Along Washington Street will be the Raising Voices’ Artist Village with the fine arts and crafts of local creators on display and available for purchase as these artists explore mutual aid as a form of protest through community-building.
Summer Street will also feature a beer garden hosted by Democracy Brewing, a downtown Boston-based, worker-owned brewery and pub. Other food and beverage vendors will cook up delicious eats at the Boston Irish Famine Memorial on Washington Street, while highlighting food activism and food insecurity issues.
The Raising Voices Festival is free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of Meet Boston and the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District. Additionally, Porsha Olayiwola’s program at Faneuil Hall is made possible by support from the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, the National Parks of Boston, and the National Parks Service’s Interpretation & Education Civil Rights Fund. Pre-registration for the festival is highly encouraged. To pre-register and for schedule and artist updates, visit: revolutionaryspaces.org/explore/raising-voices. Tickets to the Raising Voices Presents programs will be available in early August.
About Revolutionary Spaces
Formed in January 2020 through a merger between the Bostonian Society and Old South Association, Revolutionary Spaces tells the interwoven stories of two of Boston’s most iconic sites—the Old State House and Old South Meeting House. Revolutionary Spaces brings people together to explore the American struggle to create and sustain a free society. We steward these buildings as gathering spaces for the open exchange of ideas and the continuing practice of democracy, inspiring all who believe in the power of people to govern themselves.
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