The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Third Annual Interdependence Day Parade and Celebration

WHAT: Interdependence Day Parade and Celebration 
WHERE: Pulaski Park, Main St. Northampton, MA.
WHEN: July 7th at 1:00 PM 

CIRCLE UP FOR THE EARTH on Interdependence Day!

The third annual Interdependence Day Parade and Celebration will be held on July 7th at 1PM at Pulaski Park in Northampton, Massachusetts. Giant puppets, music, and audience participation will be woven into what MuZen Theater event producers Beth Fairservis and Stephen Katz are calling “Circle Up for the Earth”. Through meditation, community council, spontaneous theater and song, Circle Up participants are guided to rebalance individual and collective relationships with Life on Earth.

The community is encouraged to contribute to the Circle Up by arriving with flowers in hand at 12 noon in one of four nearby locations. At 1 PM everyone will parade from the Four Directions with MuZen giant puppets to Pulaski Park. While Stephen Katz underscores the event with layered cello music, Beth Fairservis will lead the group from sitting in silence, to conversation and community interaction about our relationship to the Four Elements: Earth, Air, Water, and especially, Fire. A dragon on a bicycle, a Polar Bear, Mother Earth, the Sun, and a Flying Tree will accompany the processions and bear witness to the events that unfold as we come to terms with what it takes to transform ourselves and our way of life.

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