This past weekend was rich with festivities, including Art All Night and Fiesta DC
Art All Night
Art All Night began in 2011, and has now expanded to a two-night festival at 22 locations all over the city. We went to five of them.
Music, juggling, light spinning, and a silent disco offered fun for all ages.
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Fire spinning at Metrobar
Dance party in the circle:
Fire spinning by Villanueva Fire & Flow:
Art All Night began in Shaw eleven years ago, and it remains the epicenter of the celebrations.
One of the hallmarks of the event is an informal parade featuring the Batala drummers.
Robin Bell projections shown above an art market:
Tear Drop performance by Shanna Lim, in memory of her son, offering comfort to those grieving:
Live mural painting by artist Aniekan Udofia:
Musical groups performed at several locations.
The Black Alley Band drew a large crowd outside the Shaw Community Center (the former Lincoln Temple Congregational Church):
Quintessence Fire and Bubble performance by Jennifer Shannon, Zack Plaza, Jasmine Nicole, and Riki Khalfani.
Fiesta DC, a celebration of Latino cultures, began in Mount Pleasant in the 1970’s and in 2012 moved to an annual festival on Pennsylvania Avenue and a parade on Constitution Avenue.