Art Show, Live Performances, and Street Fair to light up historic Salem
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 28, 2015 Salem, MA – The 7th annual Salem Arts Festival will be held June 5– 7th. The popular free event will feature over 80 artists and performers, and includes a variety of art, music, dance, and theatre performances. The family-friendly event also includes art-making for all ages, artisan vendors selling their creations, and a public art installation.
“There’s been a tremendous amount of collaboration between so many local groups and individuals to continue to improve and expand the festival every year. We’re so excited about the phenomenal energy and talent that will be on display this year,” says Kylie Sullivan, Executive Director of Salem Main Streets (SMS), the community non-profit organization which started the Festival.
The Festival is spread out at a variety of venues in downtown Salem, with the focus primarily on Old Town Hall, Derby Square, Front Street, and Artists’ Row. A Juried Art Show will be held in Old Town Hall throughout the festival. Live performances this year will be held outside (weather permitting) on Derby Square and Artists’ Row. The event is rain or shine, with a rain location for performances held upstairs at Old Town Hall and on Artists’ Row. Full schedule and programs will be available on site and on the Festival website.
The Festival kicks off with an opening reception at Salem’s Old Town Hall on Friday, June 5th at 6 p.m. The free event allows visitors to enjoy beautiful art work while being entertained by renowned local musicians Will Faust, Briana Paquin, Siren of the Circle, and headliners The Squeezebox Stompers.
One of the most anticipated events this year is the “Front Yard Street Art”, a collaborative public art installation that will transform Front Street in a temporary green space and masterpiece during the festival. Front Yard Street Art is a fiber arts project that was completed through the leadership of local artist Kate Babcock and the open participation of community members and groups of all ages and abilities.
The goal of the Salem Arts Festival is to promote all the arts in Salem and to provide the entire North Shore arts community an opportunity to showcase their talents. The Festival is run in collaboration with Salem Main Streets by a team of dedicated volunteers, including representatives from Salem State University, the Peabody Essex Museum, Creative Salem, and many more.
Volunteers interested in helping with the Festival are warmly welcomed and encouraged to contact Kylie Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Visitors interested in attending the Salem Arts Festival can find easy access to the downtown by public transportation or parking at one of the many downtown lots in the City. For more information, please visit www.salemartsfestival.com.
2015 Salem Arts Festival Schedule
Friday, June 5th - Old Town Hall Gallery Reception
- 6:00 – 7:00 pm – Will Faust
- 7:00 – 7:50 pm, Briana Paquin
- 7:50 – 8:00 pm, Siren of the Circle
- 8:00 – 9:00 pm, The Squeezebox Stompers
Saturday June 6th – Gallery, Street Fair, and Art-Making – 11 am to 6 pm
- 11:30 am – 12:15 pm, The Bordellos
- 12:30 – 1:15 pm, Witch City Belly Dance
- 1:30 – 2:15 pm, Brooks Young Band
- 3:20 – 4:05 pm, The Othership
- 4:15 – 5:00 pm, Dark Follies
- 5:15 – 6:00 pm, Poppa Cigar
- 1:00 – 1:30 pm, Olivia Gale
- 2:15 – 3:00 pm, The Whiskey Sippers
- 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Right Mix Quartet
- 4:00 – 5:00 pm, JAMINIC
- 5:00 – 6:00 pm, Art Attack
Old Town Hall Upstairs
- 2:30 – 3:15 pm, History Alive!
- 4:00 – 4:30 pm, Brady Kenny O’Brien Academy of Irish Dance
- 4:55 – 5:15 pm, Aurora Borealis Dance Company
Sunday June 7th – Gallery, Street Fair, and Art-Making – 11 am to 6 pm
- 11:30 am – 12:15 pm, Strange Interlude
- 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm, Pete and Chris Amusements
- 1:00 – 1:45 pm, The Coteries
- 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Linda Peck, around Old Town Hall
- 2:00 – 2:45 pm, True Monks
- 3:15 – 4:00 pm, Jumpin’ Juba
- 4:15 – 5:00 pm, Absolute Gentleman
- 5:15 – 6:00 pm, Machine 475
- 12:15 – 1:00 pm, Carubia Brass Bands
- 1:30 – 2:00 pm, 1+1
- 2:15 – 2:45 pm, The Ridiculous Project
- 2:45 – 3:15 pm, Jennifer Evans
- 3:15 – 3:30 pm, “Up”: A Play by Michael Jaros
- 4:00 – 4:45 pm, The High Meadow Howlers
- 4:50 – 5:10 pm, Christopher Noran
Old Town Hall Upstairs
- 2:45 – 3:05 pm, Jackie Bowden
*All times are approximate and subject to change.