PRESS RELEASE: LAWRENCE, MA. (8/19/2013)- People from close-by and far away are invited to this year’s festival, which will occur on September 2, 2013, in and around the Campagnone Common, located at 200 Common Street in downtown Lawrence, Massachusetts, from noon to 6:00pm. The festival is free and open to the public.
Three stages filled with over 15 live performances, ranging from music to dance to jugglers, will entertain festival attendees.
Five-time Grammy nominee, Marcia Ball headlines the main stage festival performers; her band will end the day following appearances by Bread and Puppet Theater, Odaiko New England Taiko drummers, emma’s revolution, and Ten Tumbao!
The Carmela Teoli Stage boasts the talents of The Good Time String Band, Berklee College of Music’s International String Trio, folk artists Charlie King and Karen Brandow, and local artists Jose Luis Rodriguez and Guillermo Ortiz.
On our kids and family stage, we’ll offer inter-active dance instruction with Veronica Robles, Irish dancing with O’Shea & Chaplin, Stories in the Streets, and salsa dance instruction. Other activities for children include pony rides, jugglers, hula hoops, and face painting.
The Festival celebrates Lawrence’s labor history and ethnic diversity, and particularly the historic events of the “Bread and Roses” textile strike of 1912. It is the only festival in the region that celebrates the true spirit of Labor Day.
A History and Labor Section features Lawrence History Live—a tent for lively conversations on labor and the city in past and present. This year, we will highlight workers’ poetry, the history of the Ettor and Giovannitti Trial, the contributions the painter Ralph Fasanella made to Lawrence, and the present-day work of many labor and social justice organizations.
A broad assortment of vendors will be present, as well. Artists and craftspeople, a full range of cultural and social justice organizations providing information about their programs, and ethnic food vendors will all enhance the festival day.
Free trolley tours and walking tours around the city highlight the historical sites. All events are on or starting from the Campagnone Common in Downtown Lawrence.
For more information, to volunteer, or to sign-up for the mailing list, go to http://breadandrosesheritage.org or call the office at 978-794-1655. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.
Festival Phone: 978-794-1655