Saturday, August 2, 2014 near Lahser and Grand River on Detroit’s Westside, the neighborhood was taken over by the most energetic show of unity, art and positive energy. Artist Village was the site for Sidewalk Fest 2014 and for those who stayed in the area it was more than a treat. Visitors and contributors came from miles around to participate in the many different attractions.
Sidewalk Fest 2014, also referred to as Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts which is what the event is called on their site SidewalkDetroit.com, is a yearly event that takes place in the cross section the Brightmoore/Redford community. This event is a celebration of art and performance and encourages those that attend to express themselves creatively and showcases the positive energy involved. For a more indepth story of the origin of this culturally enlightening event please visit their website.
One of the young groups reporting on the Sidewalk Fest was the youth reporters from YE313 Magazine. YE313 is a youth driven magazine where photos, videos and articles are captured by youth ranging from the ages 7 to 21 and mentored by a senior staff of experienced journalist. One of the highlights for this group was being able to watch their own Indeja Thomas, a.k.a Sparkles, perform with Heritage Works, a west African, modern dance female drum troupe. The troupe electrified the audience and drew so much attention to the small performance area that there people sitting on others shoulders just to get a glimpse of the artistry in motion. More photos of the YE313 covering this event can be found on their facebook page.
Just a few of the other amazing acts that captured this small area with such big energy included.:
A Tribute to Doniw Hathaway by 313 Soul Entertainment
Mosiac Youth Theater
Dawn Xiana Moon and Kamrah performing Tribal Fusion
Shakespear in Detroit
Passalacqua (Hip Hop)
This event is just one of the hidden gems taking place right now in the city of Detroit. Subscribe here to remain informed.