Arabic Table at Artbeat Festival


During the heat of summer (held on the third weekend in July), artists and festival goers converge on Davis Square, transforming it into one of the area’s largest and most innovative arts festivals. Each year we develop a theme that serves as a launching point for artists and the community to express themselves.

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.

This year’s ArtBeat theme is “Voice,” a celebration of all things that have to do with being vocal —both literally and figuratively. How does a community find a collective voice and be heard? How does an individual find a voice to speak up and share thoughts, desires and frustration?  From sotto voce to a loud roar, voices can take on all volumes, tones and timbres. What’s your voice — and how does it harmonize or perhaps clash with other voices? Thinking in a more expansive way, voice doesn’t have to be vocal or audible — it is more about advocacy. Someone doesn’t always have to speak out loud to be heard; voice can embody all types of expression. We look forward to your creative interpretations of this theme — whether it’s a proposed puppet show about a girl who loses her voice, dance choreography that addresses the voices we hear in our heads, or a sound installation about how giving voice can affect change.  Surprise us! Get Vocal!

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.

One of these interactive performances on July 15th will be brought to you by the Center for Arabic Culture! Here you can learn to write your name in Arabic, and explore other facets of “voice” as it pertains to Arab culture, language, and community.

Location: Davis Square, SomervilleMA

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