This free, D.C.-wide festival includes an interactive selfie installation and a traveling art barge

June 14, 2019 | The Washington Post Weekend Section

This free, D.C.-wide festival includes an interactive selfie installation and a traveling art barge

The second annual By the People festival — an arts celebration that incorporates visual art, performance and dialogue — opens Saturday at various venues throughout the District. Larger than last year’s inaugural edition, the festival is also more than twice as long, running through June 23. It’s more mobile as well, because one of the event’s three “hub” locations is a floating barge, pulled by a tugboat, that will moor at Georgetown, Capitol Riverfront and Anacostia Park.

Kate Goodall, chief executive of the festival’s organizer, Halcyon, calls the roving craft “a nice symbol for what we’re ultimately trying to achieve with this festival, which is connecting people across divides.” Founded in 2017, the Georgetown-based Halcyon is a nonprofit that sponsors two residency programs: one for artists and another for social entrepreneurs.

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