Sat 9/17 @ noon-midnight
The second annual FireFish Festival will take place in downtown Lorain on Sat 9/17. Once again, it will feature music, theater and dance performances, art installations and, rue to its name, acts involving fire.
Last year’s festival drew 10,000 attendees to downtown Lorain where it activated underused spaces and filled them with colorful, creative happenings. This year’s festival will have longer hours and an even more spectacular finale in the burning of the ceremonial fish.
“[Last year’s FireFish Festival] provided a glimpse of what is possible in the reimagining of downtown Lorain as a dynamic, artistic mecca,” said festival executive director James Levin. “We hope this highly acclaimed, unforgettable one-of-a-kind annual arts festival will continue to attract thousands of new visitors to this Northeastern Ohio hidden gem on the water.”
This year the festival will take place on Broadway Avenue’s Black river Lane, connecting it to Black River landing and the waterfront. Artists announced so far include Highlights Sammy De Leon y Su Orquesta; sound artist Jeremy Bible; aerialists the Jasmine Dragons, video artist Kevin Jackson and pianist Angelin Chang performing their synesthetic art installation, the Great Lakes Light Opera, blues singer Kristine Jackson, and fitness pioneer High Voltage kicking off the festival with her high-energy concert. Teen apprentices from the FireFish Arts Summer STEAM Academy in downtown Lorain will be creating the giant FireFish sculpture that comes to life spewing fire.
“The FireFish Festival is once again bringing its wonderful mix of creativity, economic activity, and community engagement to Lorain and the greater region,” said Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (Oh-09) who is a member of the Congressional Arts Caucus. “Congratulations to FireFish’s Joan Perch and James Levin and to City leadership for building an entertaining artistic event that showcases Lorain’s beautiful natural setting along the Black River and Lake Erie.”
The festival is free. Check out the website for more details as they are announced.