Thursday, February 19, 2015

Big Love Fest 2015

Big Love Fest 2015

For the second year in a row, Big Love Fest, a free festival celebrating community, creativity, and collaboration, will take place from noon-midnight on all three floors of the Musica complex (51 East Market St, Akron) Saturday, February 28.

The theme of Big Love 2015 is “S/Heroes,” recognizing and celebrating those who inspire individuals and the community. Global Ties Akron, The Akron League of Creative Interventionists, Akron Peace Project, Musica, and other local organizations have partnered to present this second annual event.

To get an idea of what is entailed in a Big Love Fest, 2014’s event featured 20 bands, five yoga classes, five food vendors, seven community-building workshops, seven installation artists, 10 poets, a meditation space, and was attended by 1,000 visitors.

Big Love Fest is also a zero-waste focused event (i.e. last year’s 1,000 visitors only created one bag of landfill trash--everything else was either recycled or composted). Few festivals have a zero-waste focus, and Big Love was estimated to be the biggest such event in greater Akron last year. ReWorks and Gill Gillono of Chicago VeganMania will once again be working with local organizers on the zero-waste focused aspect of Big Love.

Entertainment this year includes Zach & the Bright Lights, Light of the Loon, The Admirables, Rachel Roberts, The Help, The Poplars, Time Cat, and Angie Haze, among others.

One of last year’s highlights was a room-sized metal and cloth art installation by Michael Marras and Jessica Lofthus, depicting a phoenix rising from the ashes. The sculpture was commissioned to travel to several regional summer festivals. Michael Marras will again be creating for Big Love, as well as artists Megan Shane, Jessica Myers, April Couch, Caty Petersilge, and Mara Fragge, as well as live performance painters.

Other activities will include yoga classes by Blue Hen Yoga, Free Akron Yoga, and Body Karma Healing Yoga; hands-on children’s programs by Spring Garden Waldorf School; various workshops presented by The Akronist; and community workshop topics including “The Artist as a Place-Maker/Community Builder,” “Healthy Eating on a Budget,” “Implicit Bias Training,” “Hug Workshops,” “Urban Agriculture,” and more. Food vendors include Mustard Seed, Ms. Julie’s Kitchen, and Urban Eats.

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