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Commentary :: Politics
BTL:Imagine Festival Combines Art and Politics in Cultural Counterpoint to...
04 Sep 2004
...GOP Convention ~ Interview with Chris Wangro, co-founder and an executive producer, of the Imagine Festival of Arts, Issues and Ideas, conducted by Melinda Tuhus
Imagine Festival Combines Art and Politics in Cultural Counterpoint to GOP Convention

Interview with Chris Wangro, co-founder and an executive producer, of the Imagine Festival of Arts, Issues and Ideas, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

The days preceding and during the Republican National Convention in New York City were filled with protests of all kinds: massive bike rides, non-violent civil disobedience, and a massive legal march of hundreds of thousands. But cultural events with a political twist have also been part of the convention scene. The Imagine Festival of Arts, Issues and Ideas is holding more than 200 events, including concerts, film screenings, forums, theater, poetry and more, focused on the many critical issues facing the nation and the world this election year.

The festival, which featured artists such as Yoko Ono, comedian Margaret Cho, actor Richard Gere, playwright Tony Kushner, and musician Lou Reed, promoted the themes of freedom, community, democracy, justice, prosperity and future.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Chris Wangro, co-founder and co-executive producer of the festival, before a kick-off celebration at a nightclub on Aug. 28. Wangro is the former director of special events for the New York City Parks Dept, and an organizer of massive public events such as the papal mass in Central Park. He says this arts festival is meant to engage participants, encouraging them to think and to dialogue with their neighbors.

Visit the group's website at www.imagine04.org

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