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Witching Hour Goes DIY, Pulling Community Into The Mix For 2020 Fest

Witching Hour 2020
Crew for the Witching Hour film Stacey Walker, who is presenting about what it's like to be Black in America.

The events of 2020 have provided all of us with ample opportunity to reflect on who we are, and what we want to be. In that spirit, the Englert Theatre and Little Village are once again teaming up to present the Witching Hour festival, which will be held virtually on October 30th and 31st. Festival organizer Andre Perry hopes for an experience that will be “imperfect and revelatory at the same time.”

“Witching Hour is focused on the conversation at hand and really thinking about what progress we’re making as a community,” said Perry. “It’s to see where we’re going as a people, and to have that conversation through art and community.”

Witching Hour Submissions Video 2020

Like almost every event this year, the 2020 Witching Hour festival will be held virtually. The lineup includes musical acts Black Belt Eagle Scout and Heavy Color, as well as a handful of writers and artists. Almost all of this year’s lineup are representatives of the Black, indigenous, and queer communities.

The festival is being produced ahead of time, instead of being presented live. In addition, organizers opened the festival up to submissions from the community, Perry says the final product will be a “remix” of the sessions that are being produced now, along with “homemade” community submissions, created on phones and laptops.

“It made me feel better about life, because the people around us have so much to say,” said Perry of the community submissions. “We’re literally in tears because it’s so inspiring, and because we won’t have time for all of it.”

courtesy of John Schickedanz
The Englert Theatere, currently undergoing renovations. The Englert will be co-hosting the Witching Hour festival again this year, along with Little Village.

“I hope people are moved, and are able to reflect, and are able to feel energized during a year that’s been challenging for a lot of reasons,” said Perry. “I want people to feel seen in the work that’s presented, and to go out and re-engage in the world, and their community, as best they can.”

Tickets for Witching Hour are available at Outer Most, which will also host the livestream. Tickets are being sold on a “pay what you can” sliding scale, with suggested price options. Anyone who buys a ticket will be able to access both days of programming, with the ability to replay the content for up to 72 hours.

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