The Positively 8th Street Festival returned on Saturday for the first of three summer dates to celebrate everything 8th Street!!
Drawing on the storied creative and musical heritage of West 8th Street, the Positively 8th Street Festival celebrated the eclectic history of this legendary Village street with music, art, creativity, food, drink, story sharing and amazing people.
Art and creativity were key festival themes with creative powerhouse, the Storm Ritter Studio, leading the creation of an 8th Street “Community Mural”. Over six hours hundreds of hands, young and old, added their brush strokes to the mural creating a rich vibrant tapestry of diverse stories and a commentary on the world today.
The New York Studio School known for producing some of the world’s best new artistic talent, led drawing sessions with a live model and 15 street easels. Dozens of folks dropped by taking time out to sketch and produce incredible drawings demonstrating just how much untapped talent walks the streets each day!
“We Built This City” was the theme of the kid’s craft workshop led by the Scribble Art Workshop! Using cardboard and paper to create skyscrapers, roads and parks dozens of kids (and aspiring Urban Planners) created an expansive, colorful city reflecting the vibrancy and dynamism of New York! The creativity was not just limited to art, the Strangers Project returned to Positively 8th Street to share the personal, often moving stories of thousands of strangers. Hundreds of people took time out to add their own story to the ever-growing collection of stories shared with the Strangers Project, now over 27,000!
At Positively 8th Street, reclaiming the street means just that! Gone were humdrum the cars and traffic, instead there were vibrant pop-up parks with real grass, play areas for kids, and lots of outdoor dining and drinking opportunities under the warm deep blue skies. Il Bambino and Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor hosted bustling beer gardens while Analogue created their outdoor lounge and grill, a treat for all the senses with amazing food, aromas and a spectacular Bossa Nova band! Other 8th Street bars and restaurants including … reclaimed the street offering al fresco eating and drinking to all!
The musical legends of Washing Square Park Park, Coyote & Crow wowed festival goers with their rousing blend of Rock'N'Roll, Folk-Americana and Old Time Mountain music with a two hour set using their own custom handmade instruments. Subway sensations Lawrence Rush & The Underground Harmony rocked out the festival with hit after hit turning the street into dance party!
Positively 8th Street is also about celebrating the Village and the organizations, which work so hard to keep it special. Visitors got the opportunity to meet gvshop and wsp, learn about, and support their incredible their advocacy work. The Village Trip , also showcased their exciting plans for a future festival of Village culture and counterculture!
Our sincere thanks to all those businesses who took part in the festival and helped make it such a great day and celebration. Positively 8th Street returns on July 8th and August 5th! Be sure to join us again!!