Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Free­man staff For a com­plete fes­ti­val sched­ule, go to opos­i­tive­fes­ti­val.org/ kingston/#sched­ule.

Mem­bers of the Red­wing Black­bird The­ater of Rosendale carry card­board cut-outs in Fri­day’s O+ Fes­ti­val Pa­rade in Up­town Kingston on Fri­day to sym­bol­ize sup­port for the Black Lives Mat­ter move­ment and the End the New Jim Crow Ac­tion Net­work. The fes­ti­val, which con­nects artists and ac­tors with med­i­cal providers, runs through Sun­day at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in Kingston.

The O+ Fes­ti­val is back in Up­town Kingston, as well as part of Mid­town, this week­end with more than 60 bands and more than 30 artists.

The sev­enth an­nual fes­ti­val (pro­nounced ‘O pos­i­tive’), which seeks to con­nect artists and ac­tors to med­i­cal providers, be­gan Fri­day and runs through Sun­day.

“Moth­ers of In­ven­tion” is the theme of this year’s fes­ti­val, which is ex­pected to draw more than 2,500 peo­ple. “We’re hon­or­ing women,” O+ Kingston Direc­tor Aimee Gard­ner said. “We chose two mu­ral artists who are women, who are kind of ris­ing stars ... or proven dy­namos in mu­ral art.”

Also this year, the fes­ti­val has ex­panded deeper into Mid­town.

“We’re re­ally fan­ning out into the Broad­way ... art cor­ri­dor,” Gard­ner said. “We have had a mu­ral there be­fore at Seven21 [Me­dia Cen­ter]. But this year we’re hav­ing two ma­jor ones on Broad­way.”

The mu­sic at this year’s fes­ti­val fea­tures a greater di­ver­sity than the in­die rock and blues-driven line­ups of past years, she said.

Among the high­lights will be Kaki King, per­form­ing at 8 p.m. Satur­day at BSP on Wall Street.

Lit­er­ary sa­lons at this year’s fes­ti­val will in­clude one from 8 p.m. to mid­night Satur­day at Out­dated Cafe, 314 Wall St., and one from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sun­day at Art Bar, 674 Broad­way.

This year’s fes­ti­val also places an em­pha­sis on per­for­mance arts, Gard­ner said.

The Rosekill Ac­ti­va­tors, of Rosendale, will do short per­for­mances through­out Kingston, in­clud­ing at the Frog Al­ley ruin a 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m. Satur­day.

In fu­ture years, the fes­ti­val hopes to ex­pand to Down­town Kingston, the goal of strength­en­ing ties be­tween Up­town, Mid­town and the Ron­d­out area.


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