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Bread & Roses Heritage Festival
September 3, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 6:00 pmFree
As the region’s only true Labor Day festival, 34th Annual Bread & Roses Heritage Festival is an open-air arts and music festival honoring Lawrence, Massachusetts’ multi-cultural roots and rich labor history while commemorating the most significant event in Lawrence history: the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike. A day of activism and family fun, the Festival boasts 3 stages of socially conscious performances, an array of family activities, rows of community vendors, historical trolley and walking tours, culturally diverse food offerings, educational presentations and more!
HAPPENING THIS YEAR
• Historic Trolley Tours: FREE 50 minute tour of the historic mill town, Lawrence, MA. Departs from City Hall every 30 minutes starting at 12:00pm, with the last trolley at 4:00pm. Get TICKETS in advance at the Friends of Lawrence Heritage State Park tent (these fill up quickly).
Los paseos en trolley con guía en español salen a las 2:00pm, 3:00pm y 4:00pm. Busque su boleta en la mesa de “Friends of Lawrence Heritage State Park.”
• Historic Walking Tours: FREE. Leaves from the Strikers’ Monument on the Common across from City Hall and goes through the mill district, focusing on the Strike of 1912.
• Commemoration Ceremony at 11:30AM at the 1912 Textile Workers’ Strikers’ Monument across from City Hall. Welcome by the Chair of the 1912 Strikers’ Monument Committee, the President of the Bread and Roses Heritage Committee, and Mayor Dan Rivera.
• Celebration of Dreamers and Doers for Social Justice – We will celebrate the accomplishments and ongoing organizing efforts of several local workers’ campaigns.
• “Hustle and Soul”- A group of young, local creatives present an eclectic multimedia production will take festival-goers on a thought-provoking experience to explore the topics of intergenerational struggles, the immigrant/urban experience, and reimagining the future of the City of Immigrants.
• Lawrence History Live! – Historians, workers, and union representatives present their insights into Lawrence’s history and today’s workers’ issues and actions in a centrally located speakers’ tent. Lawrence History Live! also includes a Community Forum which offers in-depth discussion of the current housing crisis. Festival visitors are encouraged to participate and contribute their views in a Q&A format.
• Community Corner – In the tradition of the labor, free-speech, and civil rights movements, we are providing a soap box, open to all, to step up and have a voice.
• Family Activities – Family entertainment includes an international food court, pony rides, walking and trolley tours, a magic show, learn about reptiles, and portrait artist Ed Bray. The highly popular Kidz Zone will feature an eclectic mix of arts and crafts by the Lawrence Arts House (La House), a community based expressive arts studio with a therapeutic framework that reclaims art-making as a process for healing.
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