What would Buffalo be without the Infringement Festival? We almost learned the answer to that question the hard way in 2020, as the festival was “held remotely” due to the pandemic. And while things are not 100% back to normal, this year’s 17th Annual Buffalo Infringement Festival – 11 days of straight art democracy – will be held, full throttle, from July 29th to August 8th.
The beauty behind this festival is how it is derived from a non-profit initiative with grassroots that operates without a hierarchy.
Per usual, a wide array of artists, practicing an assortment of mediums, will perform in various venues throughout Allentown. This festival is all about the art, without the politics. The festival is also all about the fair treatment of its artists and performers, who practice their craft in the streets, parking lots, and in various unique, inspirational, and inviting spaces.
The Infringement Festival is a way to Infringe upon the world that only sees dollar signs in the beauty of creativity.
As for the art, there will be theater, electronic music, filmmaking, yarnbombing, improv skits, chalk art, busking, poetry… the list goes on and on. As for the artists, there are all calibers of talents on full display at this festival, sometimes when and where you least expect to find them.
The festival kicks off opening ceremonies on July 29th at 4 pm with a pre-party at the Nickel City Co-Op (208 North St), followed by a parade down Elmwood and Allen to get to Nietzsche’s, where there will be music and art starting at 9 pm. Anyone interested in lending a hand can send a message on the Infringement website. All information regarding the festival can be found there. Also visit this Facebook page.