The Downtown Arts District will be all in a flurry with WINTERFEST 2012 beginning today, Thursday Jan. 5 and running through Sunday, Jan.8th. No – there’s no snow – but the event will showcase new play readings, exhibitions of contemporary and street artists, video installations and live music. Further details are available on the Arts District Winterfest website.
The District, east of Alameda between 7th and 1st Sts., was founded in the early ’80s as an artist enclave and claims to host more film shoots annually than any other area in the world (over 800 a year.) There is an interesting history of the area and its connection to industry, film and the arts community on the Downtown Arts District (LADAD) website. Financial donations from the many film, television and advertising shoots are channeled to fund this festival via FilmLA.
If you don’t know the district, it’s a quick 20 minute drive east from the Hancock Park area, and is teaming with artists studios and lofts, and some fun restaurants. The place should be hopping all weekend.
The event is centered at 613 Imperial St. and is free. Gourmet food trucks will be on site if you get hungry. Looks like its scheduled so you can wander through the exhibits and installations from 5pm-8pm, hear readings between 8pm-10pm and enjoy the live music between 10pm-12am.
About Julie Grist
Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.