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Fairy House Festival file photos
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Artpark: 12th annual Fairy House Festival is July 9


Fri, Jun 3rd 2022 10:15 am

The Artpark Fairy House Festival will return from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9. Tickets are $12 and available at the Artpark box office (450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston), and ticketmaster.com.

Now in its 12th year, the Artpark Fairy House Festival has evolved from an art walk of miniature fairy houses installed in the park by both community and professional artists to an international, interdisciplinary and immersive performing arts festival with interactive performances by international, national and local actors, performers and musicians presented in the setting of the park overlooking the Niagara Gorge.

Visitors can once again marvel at the fairy house creations and enjoy the whimsical and enchanting Artpark Fairies and roaming musicians outfitted in costume creations by Uta Bekaia, a multimedia artist residing and working in New York and Tbilisi. He creates performances and installations inhabited with wearable sculptures, exploring his historical cultural background and cycles of the universe. Currently, he is a resident artist at ART OMI in New York, and in partnership with ERTI Gallery, Tbilisi.

Featured musical guests Mucca Pazza will entertain with a rock ‘n’ roll marching band, street theater extravaganza. WNYC described the group as “Seeing this irresistible band of horns and violins, guitars and accordion all parade in and eventually take the stage is infectious, chaotic fun. But it’s also an incredibly coordinated and choreographed performance full of cheers and bursting with energy that is easy to get caught up in.”

Aerial and acrobatic feats will be featured in a performance titled “Battements de Cirque.” Created by Anouk Vallée-Charest, an international circus artist who has previously worked with Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Éloize, it will include four performers. Poetry, prowess and unparalleled agility and grace will be on display through juggling, balance, aerial fabric and aerial hoop.

Call for Artists

Artpark is accepting submissions from local professional and amateur artists to be included in the fairy house tour. Find more information at artpark.net.

The 2022 Artpark season is supported by: M&T Bank; Cullen Foundation; Labatt Blue Light; Bud Light; Southern Tier Brewing; Try-it Distributing; National Endowment for the Arts; Parks & Trails New York; Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo; New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; New York Stage Council on the Arts; FACE Foundation; Mid Atlantic Arts; and Northtown Automotive Companies.

Visit artpark.net for a current calendar of events.

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