Underemployed artists during the Italian Renaissance took to the streets, typically outside of Cathedrals, to showcase their talents using two materials: chalk and the pavement.
For hundreds of years, the sidewalk art pastime died out — until recently.
During the 1970s in Southern California, artists once again came back to the streets to convey their works of art, which later would inspire the Italian Street Painting Festival at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in 1999.
Full Article: Italian Street Painting Festival celebrates artists and their work through chalk art | Campus | collegian.psu.edu
Swedish comedian Emma Knyckare is organising a “man-free” music festival in her home country in response to rape and sexual assault claims at festivals.
Full story: Sweden to hold ‘man-free’ music festival – BBC News
Long lines to enter music venues and festivals could be a thing of the past after ticket sellers created an app that understands who is entering a gig by listening for silent sounds emitted by mobile phones.
Source: ‘Audio tickets’ to end long lines at music festivals and gigs
Festival issues, including diversity, run much deeper than just the performing lineup.
In the heady optimism of the early Obama years – which coincided with the stateside festival industry’s sixfold attendance boom – the phrase “post-racial” began to creep into the lexicon, and music festivals began promoting themselves as spaces where lofty ideals could be realized. On grassy fields and under big tops, differences of race, gender and sexual orientation are supposedly set aside in pursuit of a diverse, multicultural harmony-via-hedonism. In terms of race, this has proven to be a half-truth. O
Full story: The kids are all white: can US festivals live up to their ‘post-racial’ promise? | Music | The Guardian
While the clean-up crews descend upon what’s left of Worthy Farm, four of our Glastonbury correspondents have selected their highlights from the last day of the festival, from millennial nostalgia to security guards abandoning protocol to groove to Barry Gibb. Additionally, check out our highlights from Friday and Saturday at the festival.
Full article at: Disco-dancing security guards and Kano’s brass band: 10 highlights from Sunday at Glastonbury
While the ukulele may not seem like the most common instrument, interest in it is growing as people of all ages pick them up and start strumming.
The Utah Uke Fest showcased the versatility of the instrument and highlighted the community that surrounds it at the sixth annual event in Highland on Saturday.
I had no idea there was a festival just for the ukulele!
Read story at: Utah Uke Fest gets old, new players making music | Highland News | heraldextra.com
Producer and distributor GKIDS has a big idea for the animated world, best expressed in three little words: ANIMATION IS FILM. It’s both a philosophy and the name of a newly announced festival cooked by the company best known for bringing animated offerings from Studio Ghibli and other rising stars (think “My Life as a Zucchini” and “My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea”) to domestic screens. GKIDS will launch the festival this October in partnership with both France’s own Annecy International Animation Film Festival and IndieWire’s sister publication, Variety.
Read at IndiWire: New Animation Film Festival Will Change America’s Concept of Medium | IndieWire
The lineup of performers planned to appear at the third annual Hinterland Music Festival in St. Charles, Iowa had been confirmed.
Source: Hinterland Music Festival Announces 2017 Lineup
Firefly Music Festival’s 2017 lineup is here! The annual Dover, Delaware fest runs from June 15-18 this year and features headliners The Weeknd, Muse, Twenty One Pilots, Chance the Rapper and Bob Dylan, as well as more than 135 other acts.
Source: Firefly 2017: 10 Reasons You Can’t Miss the Music Fest | Billboard