Somerville Artbeat 2018

Photos by Frankie Saint

By William Tauro

This past Saturday hundreds of residents attended Somerville’s ArtBeat 2018 in Davis Square.

ArtBeat is one of the area’s largest and most innovative arts festivals, that displayed over a dozen bands, dance troupes, 75 craft vendors, food, and all-age activities.  

Davis Square was shut down for the day for craft vendors, two stages of music, dance in the Somerville Theater, and a host of great interactive peformances from 11 am to 10 pm.

This year’s ArtBeat theme was “flip”, a celebration of all things upside down, backwards and sideways.

ArtBeat invited artists and community members to explore how flipping things around can change your point of view. Does flipping things make them better, or worse? How does the idea of flipping things around inform a work of art or concept? “Flip” evokes many things: rapid change; inverting the status quo; changing your mind; flipping a coin; flipping houses; or turning the whole world upside down!

Perhaps it’s time to flip a switch – literally or figuratively. Are there things that make you want to flip out? Does this winter make you yearn for your flip flops?

For ArtBeat, perhaps they were acrobats flipping through the square, or someone flipping giant pancakes?

All that we can tell you is that ArtBeat flipped this festival on its head as they werelooking for the most creative interpretation of this theme!

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