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Cleveland Public Library hosts its sesquicentennial with free ‘Street Festival’

CLEVELAND, July 27, 2019: To celebrate Cleveland Public Library’s 150th anniversary and to thank the community for its longstanding support, the Library hosted a free Street Festival on Saturday, July 27, 2019, from 1:00 – 10:00 p.m.

“The CPL150 Street Festival honors both the Library’s 150 years of service as well as the community members who make our work so meaningful,” says Felton Thomas, Jr., Executive Director. “Throughout the day, we’ll have activities appropriate for children and families, and the evening will include programming for adults. This festival will be a colorful, joyous occasion created specifically for the people of Cleveland. Consider this your formal invitation to come downtown on July 27 to take part in the festivities.”  Mr. Thomas was right!

Clevelanders experienced an eclectic range of activities and entertainment including a Ferris wheel, a puppet parade, balloon animal creations, a Tri-C Vocal Arts Academy performance, a bold and colorful inflatable public art installation, MOCA’s LOADED performance series, the Cleveland Inner City Ballet, a roller skating performance, and an appearance from artist and illustrator Raúl the Third, among others.

The CPL150 Street Festival took place on Superior Avenue, between E. 3rd and E. 6th Streets and also featured comedian Roy Wood Jr., a DJ set from DāM-FunK, and other high-profile performers, musicians, and artists. 

Festival highlights also included:

Author Eric Litwin
#1 New York Times bestselling and acclaimed children’s author Eric Litwin brings early literacy and music together in a song-singing, guitar-strumming live performance including his beloved characters from the original four Pete the Cat books, The Nuts and Groovy Joe. 

Big Bang Boom!
A trio of dynamic dads—Chuck Folds, Steve Willard, and Eddie Walker—make up this pop/rock music group who play parent-friendly children’s music. This is kid’s music for adults who have had enough of Barney, The Wiggles, and Kidz Bop from a band that has been compared to U2.  

Ballet Fusion Dance Company Hiplet
Hiplet fuses classical pointe technique with African, Latin, Hip-Hop, and urban dance styles rooted in communities of color. Performances incorporate the rhythms of African drums with Tchaikovsky, arabesques, beat-boxing, or even Tango en pointe, all set to popular music. 

Editor’s Note: All library photos by Mychal Lilly. More photos at laprensa1.com



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