August 7, 2015

Recap of the 3rd Annual Sidewalk Festival @ Knight Blog

For anyone who holds a perception of Detroit as a city in decline, the scenes from last weekend would have been hard to reconcile. Stepping onto the main drag of Old Redford at the intersection of Grand River Avenue and Lahser Road, one was immediately suffused by the joyful spirit of the Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts, which was awarded a $35,000 grant in the 2014 Detroit Knight Arts Challenge.

To focus overmuch on any given one of the dozens of performers, artists and participants would miss the point of the festival, which has so much to do with the enthusiasm and openness of the attendees. There did not appear to be a single person in the approximately three-block radius of the festival who wasn’t having a great time.

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