We are thrilled to announce the 3rd annual PIVOT ARTS FESTIVAL, featuring dozens of innovative performances throughout Chicago’s Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods will take place May 28 – June 7, 2015.

The festival is a celebration of innovative performances in theater, music, dance as well as multi-disciplinary works. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Community!” in an effort to bring diverse neighbors together through the arts. A first-time community parade will include puppets created by Swift School students (under the direction of Lizi Breit from Manual Cinema and Daniel Kerr-Hobert of the Neo-Futurists) and will culminate with performances on Loyola University’s St. Ignatius Community Plaza. The Festival takes place over ten days and audiences will have the opportunity to attend innovative and exciting performances. Programming includes: live music, theater, dance, puppetry, discussions, wine tastings, workshops, performances for children, and the “Celebrate Community!” parade on May 30th at 1pm kicking-off on Granville near Kenmore Avenue.

Artists currently confirmed for the 2015 PIVOT ARTS FESTIVAL: BAATHHAUS, Lizi Breit, Bri-Ko, Pamela Chermansky, Edgewater Workbench, Dean Evans, Ayako Kato, Daniel Kerr-Hobert, Lucky Plush Productions, Jessie Marasa, Neo-Futurists, RE Dance, Tsukasa Taiko and Vanessa Valliere.

The festival will also include children’s performances by Circesteem, Lifeline Theatre, Merry Music Makers, Swift School, Storytown Improv and others.

Festival venues and locations include: Edgewater Workbench, Ethiopian Diamond, Francesca’s Bryn Mawr, Independent Spirits Inc., Lickity Split Custard and Sweet Shop, Loyola University’s Mundelein Center for the Arts, Granville Avenue, Loyola University’s St. Ignatius Community Plaza and the Uptown Underground.

The full line-up of PIVOT ARTS FESTIVAL dates, events and venues will be announced shortly. Tickets, ranging from free to $20, go on sale Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Check back for updated information and tickets.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Join Pivot Arts for a sneak peek a this year’s Festival at the official Preview Party on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 6:30 pm at Francesca’s Bryn Mawr 1039 W. Bryn Mawr Ave in Chicago. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door.

Photo of Dean Evans as Honeybuns by Shari Imbo.