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ArtBeat in Davis Square This Weekend: Bands, Dancing, Parade, Food

The art and music festival begins Friday night. This year's theme is migration.

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ArtBeat, a large festival that brings thousands into Davis Square, takes place Friday and Saturday, with a full lineup of live music, art displays, activities, street food and vendors.

Over dozen bands will play on two stages, and there will also be dance troupes, storytelling, activities for kids, puppets, an interactive map project, a parade and more, according to the ArtBeat website.

Bands will play a variety of music: jazz, hip-hop, rock, roots, soul, folk,  modern klezmner, Cape Verdean, Brazilian … the list goes on.

You can check out the performance lineups here:  and . 

Also, take a look at the ArtBeat website.

Some highlights of this year's ArtBeat include:

  • Migratory Movements Parade: Starts at Holland Street and Winter Street at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday (near ). It heads down Elm Street toward , then returns.
  • Interactive mapping: Visitors can trace their migration to Somerville, have their faces painted, learn to walk on stilts and create costumes for the parade. Takes place at Statue Park Plaza (outside ) all Saturday.
  • Birds, Butterflies & Pots: Clay Ward will be hiding four pieces of pottery in and around ArtBeat, and he'll send out clues on social networks so people can find and claim the pottery. Read here to learn more.
  • Traced Movement/Movement Traced: Artist Alice Vogler will work on a conceptual piece where she invites visitors to take off their shoes, dip their feet in paint and add their steps to a canvas. It will take place at around 12 p.m. on Saturday in front of .

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