EMBRACING THE ARTS ANNUAL NOHO CELEBRATION SPOTLIGHTING VALLEY CULTURE.Byline: Rachel Uranga Staff Writer
NORTH HOLLYWOOD - Thousands strolled among painters, poets, performers and would-be stars Saturday in the Valley's spotlight on the arts - the 12th annual NoHo Theatre and Arts Festival An arts festival or art fair is a festival that focuses on the visual arts, but which may also focus on other arts.
Arts festivals in the visual arts are exhibitions. .
Created more than a decade ago to lure patrons to the community's burgeoning theater district, the festival has flourished. This year, photographers, painters and sketch artists joined the lineup, said Nancy Bianconi, the festival's managing director.
``It's really cool,'' explained Veronica Lugo, an 11-year-old dancer with the San Fernando San Fernando, city, Argentina
San Fernando (săn fərnăn`dō), city (1991 pop. 144,761), Buenos Aires prov., E Argentina. It is a district administrative center in the Greater Buenos Aires area. Valley-based Bolivia Andina dance troupe.
Dressed in a beaded maroon dress, she performed a modern interpretation of the caporales Caporales is a typical Bolivian dance. It is a legacy of the Spanish colony where caporales were Spaniards born in the colonies. After the Spaniards left both countries, caporales began as a dance to show that legacy. The dance however has a prominent religious aspect. , a traditional Afro-Bolivian dance from slaves renouncing Spanish conquistadors See also
``We want to show people our culture, and then they show us theirs here,'' she said.
Another troupe performed poems from William Shakespeare to Walt Whitman under a tent while a few feet away vendors sold homemade soy candles and handcrafted hand·craft
Variant of handicraft.
tr.v. hand·craft·ed, hand·craft·ing, hand·crafts
To fashion or make by hand.
More than 20 free daytime performances are also scheduled today with free shuttles to and from district theaters. Tickets can be picked up at the Theatre Circle located on Magnolia Boulevard.
Beyond tackling its original mandate to bring art to the masses, the once-a-year event provides artists a bridge to others in the community.
The North Hollywood district
The Hollywood District (originally Hollyrood, after the Scottish Holyrood) is a neighborhood of NE Portland, Oregon renamed for its historic 1920s era Hollywood Theatre. plays host to three dance theater The German Tanztheater ("dance theatre") grew out of German expressionist dance. Its most influential performers are Pina Bausch and Susanne Linke. groups, 27 theaters, 67 recording studios and countless artists.
This year's festival follows the release of a preliminary Urban Land Institute report recommending that the Community Redevelopment Agency, which more than two decades ago declared a portion of the community a redevelopment zone, invest more funds in creating an even artsier district. Located in the heart of the arts district
The Arts District , on Lankershim Boulevard between Magnolia and Chandler boulevards, the free festival continues today from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Rachel Uranga, (818) 713-3741
IF YOU GO
--WHAT: The free 12th annual NoHo Theatre and Arts Festival.
--WHEN: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.
--WHERE: Lankershim Boulevard between Magnolia and Chandler boulevards.
--For more information, go to www.nohoartsdistrict.com
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David Lee of North Hollywood sells paintings in a tent at the festival on Saturday.
Matthew Simmons/Special to the Daily News
IF YOU GO (see text)