2nd Annual Fall Free for All Festival

Saturday, September 22, 2012 from noon to 11 pm and Sunday and September 23, 2012 from 1 pm to 9 pm the Fall Free for All Festival will take place at various Broadway Center venues. With pre-registration of a wristband online, http://www.broadwaycenter.org/season/showDetails you will have access to free events at the festival and discounts at participating restaurants. There is a dinner break from 5 pm to 7 pm on Saturday, where attendees can have dinner at the restaurants in downtown Tacoma without any worries to missing any events and on Sunday the dinner break will take place from 4 pm to 6 pm.

This festival is free and features over fifty performances across multiple disciplines in downtown Tacoma’s historic Theater District, including the Pantages Theater and Theatre on the Square. The festival features eighteen programmed hours of dance, music, film, theater, comedy, culinary arts, fashion, children’s activities, and artists from the South Sound and more. Some specific children’s activities include: bouncy houses, face painting, family programming including abstract installation artists, petting zoo with Reptile Man, modern dance and ballet, and much more.

Recess Monkeys

Aaron Stevens, programming manager for the Broadway Performing Arts Center, commented: “Noon to 5 pm on Saturday is the best time to bring kids, as there is a lot of family programming geared towards kids during those hours. Adult content is noted during the day on the schedule online: http://www.broadwaycenter.org.”

 

Aaron explained history of the event: “We are always trying to program our theatres so that they are as accessible as possible to the public. We are also aware that with the difficult economic times, not everyone can be introduced to the theatre or some folks think it’s high flu tent and out of touch. We wanted to program something anybody can enjoy and this is a way to introduce the community to the theatre and give back to the community. Our way to thank the community for their support, is to offer two days of free programming. This is what this is all built on. We understand our city is diverse and it is always a struggle to program effectively. This event gives us a way to diverse more than normally and really stretch ourselves. This was our original vision of David Fischer, director of the Broadway Performing Arts Center, who had me help program the event last year.”

Aaron commented on what he thought of the festival: “The Fall Free for All is an incredible gift to our community. I think that’s how we, as staff, see it. This is our chance to give back to the community that supports as all year long. It gives us the energy to do the things that we do.” When asked what the best thing about the Fall Free for All festival, Aaron replied, “That it’s free. I don’t know anywhere else that one can go with diverse programming and this type of high professional performances in all artistic disciplines for free. This is like a small scale…I’ve had people compare to Bumpershoot. We are not attempting to be like them, but Tacoma is trying to do something unique to our city and community. And understand that the theatres at times have felt disconnected from the community and that is something that we wanna fix.”
Aaron discussed what many people may not know about the Fall Free for All festival: “The diverse programming in the Fall Free for All is a small snippet of the diversity throughout the whole year in our season at the Broadway Performing Arts Center. We have dance and educational programming, indie rock, burlesque, circus performances; many of the same things on stages during our Free for All are reflected in our season as all year round. This is a way to get the word out on what we do and what kinda things we value as one of the largest non-profits in Tacoma.”

Aaron discussed what many people may not know about the Fall Free for All festival: “The diverse programming in the Fall Free for All is a small snippet of the diversity throughout the whole year in our season at the Broadway Performing Arts Center. We have dance and educational programming, indie rock, burlesque, circus performances; many of the same things on stages during our Free for All are reflected in our season as all year round. This is a way to get the word out on what we do and what kinda things we value as one of the largest non-profits in Tacoma.”

Naomi Watchira

 

Aaron shared how the Fall Free for All Festival is unique compared to other festivals, “It’s very experiential. There are ways children and adults can interact with art, including not very common art installation, design their own tiles, bring their own instrument, I think that’s the experiential side of this. Like a fashion and cooking show along with dance and burlesque performances the scope is very unique. The quality is setting a standard for free events. This event is not free for us to put on, so when I say it’s a gift to the community, we are paying all these artists to perform yet we aren’t asking for tickets to the event.”

 

When asked who he recommended attend the Free for All Festival, Aaron replied, “Everyone who loves dance, theater, film, music, children, and families. There is not a lot of programming in Tacoma, especially for young families that can’t afford to go to Disney Land or the movie theater. It can get really expensive these days.”

For more information about the Fall Free for All Festival, please visit: http://www.broadwaycenter.org. “Me talking won’t do justice for the event; I think it’s a very experiential event. People that come and experience it will want to come back every year,” Aaron concluded.

By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com