2021 Programs & Events


A new mural inspired by the natural and waterfront location at Riverside Park, designed and painted by Chicago native and newly re-located to Lorain artist, Carida Cira Diaz. Located at the LoCo Yaks new site at 138 Alabama Avenue, the mural is being painted there during the summer and will remain up for viewing through September. Diaz currently serves on the FireFish Community Artist Board.

See pictures of the mural in our GALLERY!


Large-scale laser-cut and painted floral art installations “planted” along Broadway Avenue to complement Main Street Lorain’s “Lorain Blooms” plantings created by FireFish Community Arts Manager Ryan Craycraft and fabricated at the LCCC Fab Lab.

See pictures of the art installation in our GALLERY!


A fashion show experience created by Lorain’s International Fashion Designer Jevon Terance, also a member of the FireFish Artist Board.  Showcasing his new Raceway Collection with a fiery twist!


 

Fire, audio, and video performances presented by FireFish Arts Community Artist Board members. Stop by from 4 – 10 pm and enjoy our cash bar and tour our gallery.  Fire performers from the Ohio Burn Unit will be there twirling fire beginning at dust.  Come see us at the “The Bank,” located at 383 Broadway Ave in downtown Lorain.


The Fire Song – A Documentary Film by John Baumgartner

When an arsonist destroys First Lutheran Church — a vital lifeblood to the decaying, rust belt town of Lorain, Ohio — the members must find direction and stop their in-fighting or risk withering away like many of the surrounding downtown churches. Six years in the making and filled with colorful characters and honesty, THE FIRE SONG shares a feel-good slice of life in one midwestern congregation’s struggle to turn tragedy into triumph.

The film debuted at The Lorain Palace Theater on August 21st at 7 pm.


A special live cabaret performance by Lorain natives Jaclyn Bradley and Melissa Driscol kicked off the 2021 FireFish Festival, leading the audience through a musical celebration of show tunes and Lorain culture.  The performance was at 383 Broadway Ave, The Bank.

See pictures from the performance in our GALLERY!


Fire It Up! Broadway Block Party 

FireFish Arts and FireFish 2021 – A Festival Re-Imagined is hosting art activities for families at their booth located at 383 Broadway Ave.  Stop by to see and create sidewalk chalk illustrations created by Carida Cira Diaz, hear music curated by Josh Biber, and enjoy their cash bar.

North Pointe Ballet will perform at 383 Broadway Ave, outside on the sidewalk, at 4, 5, and 6 pm.  Fire performers from Ohio Burn Unit will also perform at the same location at 8:30 pm.

FireFish Festival presents Anthony Scrofano LIVE from 4 – 7 pm at the Broadway Block Party!

See pictures from the performance in our GALLERY!

Explore the FireFish Festival and downtown Lorain over four weekends!

This year, the 2021 FireFish Festival: A Festival Re-Imagined, will feature themed FireFish Arts programming over four weekends – and on Saturday, September 18th,  the iconic FireFish Festival Finale and “Burning of the Fish” returns.

This extended approach allows for more opportunities for visitors to experience both FireFish Festival programming — and the exciting new downtown Lorain that has developed since the early FireFish Festivals.

Keeping in mind the uncertainty of the COVID 19 pandemic, the majority of the programming spanning the four weekends is offered outdoors.  All programming will follow CDC COVID 19 response guidelines,  including the wearing of masks for indoor programming.


Comedian David Morales presents a curated show of comedy in the Speak of the Devil alley on 5th Street.  Comedians include John Armstrong, Dave Flynt, Jimmy Killius, Miki Janosi, David Morales, and music by Eliy Orcko.

Musical performance by Eliy Orcko a black American lyricist, songwriter, and entertainer. Orcko’s music is influenced by blues and jazz while using hip-hop for songwriting and he brings a raw energy to every show.

David Morales was born in Lorain, has been in the Cleveland comedy scene for five years. In 2019 he was voted fourth “Best Male Comic in Cleveland” via Cleveland Scene Magazine Best Of. Performing all over Northeast Ohio, David has established himself producing shows in Downtown Lorain, Ohio. David’s comedy show has been everywhere from Chicago, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Charlotte, and event LA.

John Armstrong is a comedian from Cleveland and has been in the comedy scene for five years. John’s observational humor touches on family, relationships, and the world.

Miki Janosi is a northeast Ohio comic that started in 2017. After winning the “Funny Stop Amateur Contest”, Miki became a regular act at Hilarities on E 4th street. Miki has also performed all over the country in Chicago, Phoenix, Wilmington, Nashville, and New York.


“Arts in the City” Walking Tour Saturday, September 11, 2021 

FireFish 2021 – A Festival Re-Imagined continues Saturday, September 11th, in downtown Lorain. Come with us on a guided tour or explore on your own with our “Arts in the City” map.

The guided tour will start at 2 pm at “The Bank” at 383 Broadway, where you can grab a drink and head out on your own. Learn about new art sites and public art in downtown Lorain and the artists and creative entrepreneurs changing the face of the city.

Stops on the tour include many of the murals popping up in downtown Lorain: the “Broadway in Bloom” FireFish mural designed by Ryan Craycraft, the “Welcome to Lorain mural by Mike Sekletar in the Speak of the Devil Alley, the “Juice Me” mural inside the Juice Me Bar by Laurel Herbold, and the crazy quilt of murals at the rear of the Lorain Arts Council, where you can also stop inside to see the “Start w/Art” program art facilitated by Jeff Pye.    Stop by Dodie’s Dockside to view the art of Lila Rose Kole in Dodie’s Dockside, Broadway Mary’s to enjoy “Street Speaks with Spark Lounge or the Lorain Public Library for a coloring project.  Head north to the river to the FireFish burn site to watch the construction of the FireFish by artist Daniel McNamara, and just across the river, where you can watch the painting of the “Waterfront Blooms” mural by Carida Cira Diaz while you experience the pollinator and community garden by Joshua Biber.


The James Levin FireFish Festival Finale

Saturday, September 18, 2021, 4 – 11 pm

FireFish 2021 will culminate in a ritual processional and “Burning of the Fish,” on the west bank of the Black River across from Lorain City Hall, followed by an after-party featuring the Sammy DeLeon Band.  Additional performances, art installations, art vendors, and family-friendly activities will take place on the sidewalks and outdoor spaces throughout downtown Lorain and at the LCCC’s City Center campus.

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Jeff Pye – Start With Art – FireFishArts February 2021