By Lisa Rutledge
CAMBRIDGE- This Saturday’s 20th annual Cambridge Arts Festival will provide even greater opportunities for local residents to take a walk on the city’s creative side.
The June 20 festival, which will take over the Dickson Street civic square at Cambridge city hall (50 Dickson St.) between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., will feature live music performances, art exhibits and demonstrations, as well as engaging shows and imaginative activities for children.
A long line-up of artists and performance groups will hit the festival’s main stage throughout the day.
It all kicks off with Preston Scout House Band at 9:45 a.m.
Other featured events will include Mad Science shows, story circles with Julie Nichols, magic shows, as well as musical performances by JoJo Worthington, Ophelia Syndrome, Kris Mac Queen Band and the Ever Lovin’ Jug Band. Main stage performances run until 8 p.m.
Back by popular demand will be the festival’s Maker Lab, designed to blend themes of art, environment and modern technology.
Lab events, expected to be bigger and better this year, will feature robot assembly, interactive video art and three-dimensional printers, but will also give a nod to the environment with activities including a recycled paper plane launch.
Festival co-chair Gareth Carr said the annual festival is more than a showcase for artists, it’s an invitation for participation and integration.
“We want event-goers to not only take in and enjoy the performances and art on display, but to also be active artists,” said Carr, in a news release promoting the event.
“We want to give everyone an opportunity to be part of community art building and learn about new forms of art.”
The community event will also feature the much-loved children’s zone, which will give younger guests opportunities to engage in active games, make environmentally-friendly art projects, listen to book readings or even just have their faces embellished in face paint.
The arts festival was established in 1995 to provide a community stage for both established and emerging artists and musicians to share their talents with local audiences. The event is held free to the public.
Visit www.cambridgeartsfestival.com for more information about the festival and event lineup.