Hetzler: Riverbend Not What It Could Be http://www.chattanoogapulse.com/arts/hetzler-riverbend-not-what-it-could-be/ Riverbend and Spoleto illustrate Hetzler’s key idea that “differences embrace sameness; sameness rejects difference.” en-us <function copyright at 0x5992b18> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 04:53:28 GMT Application beyond Riverbend
(A minor idea to loosen Riverbend slightly: let people bring their own food and drinks, paying an entrance fee on what they bring.
And: try open gates one night, or a reasonable fee. And, unofficially, as Winder Binders is doing?, run an "off Riverbend" collection of events during Riverbend, mostly in the area near the festival. FWIW.)]]>
http://www.chattanoogapulse.com/arts/hetzler-riverbend-not-what-it-could-be/ 9865c7ac-dae3-11e1-9883-1231394043be Wed, 13 Jun 2012 04:53:28 GMT
New book on Riverbend, Two Town Festivals
I very much admire his meeting the challenge of finding much of the essence of my 299 pages of what really is several books in one: the director's broad foreword with a brief author's note, the relatively brief 1990 thesis (online since 1996) with endnotes, two appendices of Chattanooga and Charleston's vivid stories of origin from the 1980s, and my 45-page afterword about the impact of the thesis ideas on my NW GA Split Tree Farm music and dance programs from 1990-2007.

Only one special idea was not emphasized in the article, and that is the fundamental value of hearing and seeing and feeling the power of all local artists, celebrating what the Charleston mayor long has called "art power." In this way festivals can be "theaters of power," or for theaters for the powerful, in framing private civic agendas. Under new leadership and qualified artistic direction, I can see an open Riverbend opening all its gates, spreading into all new and old venues and lively restaurants in the downtown, generating many thousands of "city walkers" as vital pedestrian traffic and at long last enhancing restaurant profits--a true "celebration of togetherness" as I originally called our fledging project in May 1981. And it can strengthen the fine new grass roots festivals, such as HATCH and New Dischord, and animate all the budding downtown areas from southside to northside to eastside, as happened in the early 80s.

I regret seeing the Bessie Smith Strut fenced in but wish it well as the last fragment of the open festival we started in 1982. I hope to see many friends there Monday night (or late afternoon now?). The book is now on Amazon and also Kindle and for sale at Winder Binder on Frazier between the bridges. I may bring some copies Monday night to share.

I thank my original three Friends of the Festival colleagues, Mickey Robbins, Deane and Nelson Irvine, and supporters such as Sally and Sam Robinson, for the volunteer energy that sustained the early organizing efforts, and the boards of directors that kept the dream of a world-class Chattanooga festival alive. It will happen when our dramatic place, artistic idea and professional direction reach critical mass with informed city leadership and create a summer-long town festival beyond our imagining today. Visit Edinburgh in August; you'll feel the magic and experience true diversity. ]]>
http://www.chattanoogapulse.com/arts/hetzler-riverbend-not-what-it-could-be/ 9865b474-dae3-11e1-adce-1231394043be Thu, 07 Jun 2012 11:26:09 GMT
ich Bailey's editorial on Hetzler's Festival Book http://www.chattanoogapulse.com/arts/hetzler-riverbend-not-what-it-could-be/ 9865953e-dae3-11e1-93ed-1231394043be Thu, 07 Jun 2012 01:02:24 GMT