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Artists from around the country will venture to Holyoke this weekend to take part in XFest 2014, a festival of improvised music, visuals and movement.  Organized and hosted by 119 Gallery and Open Field, this weekend long festival will bring artists together for a unique festival: on Friday and Saturday nights, 80 visiting artists and 60 local artists are expected to perform in 20 half ­hour sets, 10 sets per night. On Saturday afternoon visiting groups perform and on Sunday afternoon local groups perform. Throughout the festival there will be an exhibit of collages and videos by Stephanie Lak. 

Normally hosted in Lowell, Massachusetts, this year the festival will be held at Gateway City Arts, 92 Race Street in Holyoke.  Friday’s set will kick off at 8PM, and Saturday and Sunday’s shows will begin at 2PM. The event is entirely free and open to the public. 

“I think it’s great that Holyoke is able to serve as the host for this year’s festival,” Mayor Alex Morse commented. “These are the types of events that bring great exposure to Holyoke’s arts and innovation district, and I look forward to seeing more of these creative artistic collaborations in the future.” 

According to their website, 119 Gallery is a non­profit organization that promotes contemporary and new media art, innovative ideas and cutting­ edge techniques with a rich and diverse program of exhibitions, performances and community­based arts services; and welcomes people of all ages, backgrounds and means to explore and experience new, innovative art. The Open Field Initiative is a support apparatus for new, cutting ­edge music and arts. OFI is centered in the Pioneer Valley, provides support throughout the New England region, and is run collectively by practicing artists. XFest is supported by the artists, Holyoke Local Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. 

For more information, please visit Gateway City Arts website: www.gatewaycityarts.com/#!x-fest/c238e


Posted on February 20, 2014 by