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'The Looff' 2020: ‘Have art, will travel’

East Providence Arts Council fest takes to road to counteract COVID-19 pandemic

Photos by Rich Dionne
Posted 8/12/20

EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence Arts Council deemed the 2020 version of its annual festival as “creative people getting creative,” and that credo was certainly on display …

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'The Looff' 2020: ‘Have art, will travel’

East Providence Arts Council fest takes to road to counteract COVID-19 pandemic

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EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence Arts Council deemed the 2020 version of its annual festival as “creative people getting creative,” and that credo was certainly on display Saturday, Aug. 8, “The Looff On Tour” took place at locations across the city with the persisting COVID-19 pandemic serving as the backdrop.

The scaled down “Looff” featured 18 artists, three writers, acoustic duos and three-piece bands at Stevie D’s Riverside Tavern as well as belly dancers and an A Capella group performance by the city-based JDP Theatre “Overtones” at Hunts Mills.
While not to the scale of the first few “Looff” fests held at the Crescent Park Carousel and Larisa Park in Riverside, this year’s traveling show sufficed considering the alternative, which was to not have the Arts Council’s now signature gathering occur at all.

“The event went great. We did a follow-up survey with the artists and they report they had a great time and made some sales,” said Arts Council chairman Rick Lawson. “I’m am so proud of EPAC for getting creative to find a way to hold The Looff this year in the middle of a pandemic. It was great to see people come out and enjoy the event. During these extraordinary times it is art that will carry us through.”

— East Providence Post and eastbayri.com staff photographer Rich Dionne shot the accompanying gallery of photos.

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