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Celebration of the Arts returns to Cambridge, with a twist

Live performances will pop up around the city in obscure locations ahead of the main event on June 14
One of dozens of performances at last year's Celebration of the Arts.

The City of Cambridge will host its 20th Celebration of the Arts next month with over 40 local visual and performing artists taking to various stages in City Hall's Civic Square on June 14 

The show begins at 5 p.m. and performances wrap up around 10 p.m. 

"This is something that we really need, especially after COVID, to get people off the couch and out there," said Cambridge Celebration of the Arts (CCA) chair Les Kadar, adding this is a perfect event to showcase all of the amazing talent this city has. 

For 20 years, the City of Cambridge has held the event to showcase local performers, first as the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts in 2003. It has since grown to attract close to 5,000 spectators. 

This year's event includes performances from local singers, literary speakers and the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra with a full line-up set to be announced soon. 

Kadar says he wants to "shoot for the stars" and make this June's celebration the city's biggest ever. 

As a preview, organizers are planning pop-up performances all over Cambridge in the weeks leading up to the event. 

Alana Russell, director of communications for the city said plans are underway to organize these pop-ups in "obscure and interesting places." 

"We are looking to take the ‘show on the road’ this year to promote the annual Cambridge Celebration of the Arts," said Russell in an email to CambridgeToday.

"This approach helps to showcase local talent, build meaningful connections at a neighbourhood level, and further promote one of the city’s most popular events." 

Kadar adds that a pop-up performance could be at the Mill Race Amphitheatre on a random Tuesday at 2 p.m., but details are still being worked out with more information coming soon. 

The city needs volunteers for the event. Anyone interested in helping can visit the city's website for more information

"This is going to be a good one and I am hoping that if they have me back next year we can continue to make this bigger and better. Maybe go back to ending at 11 p.m.," he joked. 

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