Despite the rain, sparks flew again!
A walk down Broadway Avenue became a delightful and unexpected journey of sizzling art, music and impromptu dance performances between the cloudbursts. Lit up storefronts full of art, sound and installation by regional artists became backup stages for comedy, spoken word, and more.
Performances on Black River Lanw nestled in alleyways, on fire escapes, and even in an abandoned parking garage. Local food and beverage vendors, regional artists and artisans, and an array of family friendly activities, including an interactive extravagant recyclyed welded drum installation by local artist Falcon Eddie, rounded out the festivities on Black River Landing.
There, at precisely the time the FireFish was set to burn on the river, the rain stopped. A herculean effort ensued to “Fire the Fish,” fueled by tenacity, torches, and pyrotechnics that culminated in an inspired lighting under the full moon, just breaking through the clouds.
Festival highlights included the Sammy De Leon Orchestra, sound artists Jeremy Bible’s audio installation in the Palace Theatre and Ki Rodriguez’ installation in the adjacent Eagles Building storefront, aerial artists Jasmine Dragons, video artist Kevin Jackson and Grammy winning pianist Angelin Chang in a unique collaboration, the Great Lakes Light Operas, and local blues singer Kristine Jackson.The Journey of the FireFish and Processional
The Procession of the FireFish
The creation and “transformation” of the FireFish traces a journey that reflects much of the power and sense of collaboration that has infused our Festival. The Fish was designed by master puppeteer Dan McNamara who also served as the resident artist at FireFish’s STEAM youth Academy. The Academy teen apprentices, under the direction of Monica Idom, built and paraded the fish through the Festival Village in the early evening with support from artists Ian Petroni and Sky Davison. They were also accompanied in the procession by teens from the PACE Foundation, and led by the beat drummer Baba Jabal, and dancer Brittany Drost. Live performances created a dusk extravaganza, as fire-eaters, belly dancers and fire jugglers made their way to the river.
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Look for sparks to fly again next September! With the support of our partners, sponsors, friends and community, we hope to again be able to light up downtown Lorain’ with sizzling fire and arts performances set against the stunning backdrop of water and sky. Look for art and live performances to lead the way into another new evening dusk extravaganza, where fire-eaters and fire jugglers will light the way to the dancing fire and torches, culminating in the “Firing of the FireFish!”
Photos courtesy Ron Jantz