Pivot Arts' 2015 Festival to Celebrate Community Through Arts

Pivot Arts has announced the full line-up for the 3rd annual Pivot Arts Festival, featuring dozens of innovative performances and events throughout Chicago’s Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods. The event takes place from May 28 – June 7, 2015.  

The ten-day Pivot Arts Festival will showcase a diverse line-up of live music, theater, dance, puppetry, discussions, wine tastings, workshops, children’s performances and a whole lot more. This year’s theme, “Celebrate Community!,” is focused on bringing diverse neighbors together through the arts. The Festival includes a first-time Community Parade on Saturday, May 30 at 1 p.m., kicking off at Granville near Kenmore and culminating in performances at Loyola University’s St. Ignatius Plaza. The parade will be  highlighted by handmade, large-scale puppets and the plaza performances feature Grammy-nominated singer Justin Roberts, star of the indie-family rock scene.

Additional highlights also include: Lucky Plush Productions; an inter-active “Memory Bank” with performances by Ayako Kato and Jessica Marasa; Storytown’s Improv and Ice Cream at Lickity Split Custard & Sweet Shop; a writing workshop with Chicago Young Authors (Louder Than a Bomb) artist that culminates in dinner together at the Ethiopian Diamond; and the Festival’s Opening Night with shorts by premiere theater and dance groups: RE Dance, the Neo-Futurists and About Face Theatre’s Checking Boxes written by Shannon Matesky with the About Face Youth Ensemble.

"The Pivot Arts Festival not only serves as an opportunity for audiences to experience some of the adventurous work happening here in Chicago – but also serves to connect Chicago to a circuit of similar festivals happening across the country,” notes festival director Julienne Ehre. “As presenters increasingly attend, the festival provides local artists with the potential to showcase their work in other cities."

For a full lineup of performances and events visit the festival website, pivotarts.org/festival. Tickets, ranging from free to $20, are currently available online. All-access passes cost $45. For more information, call 773- 340-9637.

Cast of Lifeline Theatre's Three Little Pigs. Liefline will be one of the artist companies in residence for the Pivot Arts Festival 2015 (photo courtesy of Merit School of Music).