Jamaica Plain Celebrates 6th Annual Porchfest!

Special to the Gazette

    Jamaica Plain will explode with talent and crackle with excitement on July 13 from 12-6PM, (rain date July 14) at the sixth annual Jamaica Plain Porchfest, a music and arts festival taking place on porches throughout the community! JP Porchfest will include music, theatre, spoken word, comedy, circus arts, and more!

    After five amazing years, JP Porchfest founders Mindy Fried and Marie Ghitman have passed the torch to long time collaborators Devin Ferreira and Eli Pabon to produce this free, all-volunteer event. JP Porchfest celebrates the creative talent and diversity of JP and beyond, using the arts as a vehicle to weave together the community across the divides of race, class, culture and immigrant status. Porches, loosely defined, include stoops, yards and driveways, as well as churches, community centers, affordable housing, and elderly housing.

    From Hyde Square to Centre Street to Egleston Square to South Street, 177 artists or arts groups will perform on 99 porches! Some highlights include:

    The circus porch at the Eliot School with your local circus community! Teaching mini circus lessons in juggling, stilt walking, hula hoop, partner acrobatics, aerials, and more!

    The Dunamis porch showcases work from emerging artists ages 16-29. Working in partnership with the Young Civic Leaders at MassVOTE to facilitate voter registration as well.

    Cinematic, mysterious, and captivating music from Minouchka, evoking influences of the Balkans and the Middle East, avantgarde jazz, and classically influenced art rock.

    OrkestraMarhaba, featuring re-interpretations of Mediterranean music primarily from Anatolia, Ottoman court music and original compositions.

    Eleanor Elektra, whose practice spans songwriting, printmaking, drawing and installation work. Her music combines elements of folk, jazz and classical music within the songwriter idiom to create unique cinematic songs.

    Never Too Late to Be a Poet features 10+ members of the local Never Too Late to Be a Poet workshop who will read their poetry.

    Youth artists from all over the city of Boston are joining us this year, including musicians and spoken word artists including Lowkey Jay from English High School.

                 A BIG THANK YOU from the entire Jamaica Plain Porchfest team for all you do in bringing the Jamaica Plain Porch Festival to life!

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