The 18th annual Santa Monica Festival “Revel with a Cause” at Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park Blvd., Saturday, May 9th will offer a free eclectic day of music, dance, and visual arts by performers and artists in the region.
Revelers can celebrate Mother Earth and all moms at the Mother’s Day weekend event while shopping for earth-friendly artistic wares. Food will be sold from an assortment of local eateries and visitors can take part in art workshops using recycled and repurposed materials. This year, the festival advances its effort to become a zero-waste event in order to reduce its impact on the environment and the community, event organizers say.
Headlining the day’s entertainment on the Ocean Stage is Los Angeles’ own The Little Ones, an indie pop band. Other performers on the Ocean stage include: AguaLibre, performing Afro-Latin sounds, hip hop, soul, funk and reggae; GLANK, a percussion performance art group that creates complex rhythms on instruments made of found objects; and Masanga Marimba, presenting traditional and popular music and dance from Zimbabwe and Latin America.
The master of ceremonies, Boise Thomas, is the fresh face of Adrian Grenier’s Alter Eco, an environmentally-focused lifestyle show on Discovery’s new channel Planet Green.
The Youth Stage features the Santa Monica College Chamber Choir, presenting popular chorale repertoire from the Renaissance to today; Morgan-Wixson’s Y.E.S. Children’s Theatre Company, performing excerpts from its upcoming musical production of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs; the Lincoln Middle School Jazz Band, playing classic jazz tunes; Downbeat 720 High School Talent, Santa Monica’s premier open stage for high school performers sponsored by the City of Santa Monica; and The re:Fashion Catwalk – showcasing creative couture from the re:Fashion Workshop.
The festival implements alternative energy with both stages being solar powered and all other electricity coming from renewable sources, event organizers say. Zero Waste Zones will be set up throughout the park to minimize trash going to the landfill and maximize recycling and composting and all utensils, plates, napkins and cups in The Global Café are either compostable or recyclable.
Raffle prizes include an assortment of treats from participating vendors in the festival as well as from other Santa Monica-based businesses.
This year’s art workshops focus on creating works using recycled and repurposed materials. Other workshops include compost gardening and planting seedlings with the Santa Monica Public Library; cardboard cobbling with 18th Street Arts Center; and making trophies with the Santa Monica Museum of Art.
Interactive displays, information booths and demonstrations will shed sunlight on local and global environmental issues, illuminating how residents can make a difference.
Free and ample parking is available but visitors are encouraged to take public transportation, walk or bike.
For more festival info, www.arts.santa-monica.org/. All events are free and scheduled rain or shine.