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Cyclovia Tucson Participates in FEATsAZ Annual Conference of Festivals and Events

August 3, 2013

04/28/13 Cyclovia

Cyclovia Tucson shares the table with All Souls Procession Weekend organizers Nadia Hagen and Paul Weir, plus Kate Marquez from Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance to talk about the importance of festivals in Southern Arizona. For more details, read on below. If you’d like to attend the conference, register here.

Growing and sustaining your event or festival calls for creativity, collaboration and new ideas. Meet the creative people behind The All Souls Procession, Cyclovia Tucson, and Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. Hear how they do what they do.

Paul Weir & Nadia Hagen are the artists behind Flam Chen & producers of The All Souls Procession, an expression of ‘festal culture’ organized by Many Mouths One Stomach, a non-profit collective of artists, educators and activists. The All Souls Procession is “perhaps one of the most important, inclusive and authentic public ceremonies in North America.” Over 35,000 participants take part in the two-mile long human-powered procession through the streets of downtown Tucson that ends in a finalizing action of burning a large urn filled with the hopes and offerings of the public for those who have passed.

Kylie Walzak is the Cyclovia Tucson Coordinator/Event Manager. Cyclovia Tucson, a project of Living Streets Alliance, is Tucson’s adaptation of an event that began in Bogota, Colombia 35 years ago where the city closes down over 70 miles of roadways to cars to invite people to bike, walk, talk, exercise, picnic in the streets. People from all backgrounds come together at Cyclovia Tucson and the event is a collaborative effort of people, governments, business, neighborhoods and non-profits to celebrate car-free streets.

Kate Marquez, Executive Director, has led the Southern Arizona Arts & Cutural Alliance through an amazing spurt of growth in the last few years. The organization has reinvigorated the arts scene in Southern Arizona, inspiring artists and developing new audiences for traditional art forms. SAACA produces festivals, fine arts events, upscale concerts, car shows,fashion and culinary events in shopping malls, open spaces, schools and corporate offices.