From the Pittsburgh Business Times today:
"The 50th annual Three Rivers Arts Festival will be a 10-day affair, instead of the nearly three-week event of years past.
“In response to feedback from participating artists and audiences, we have decided to change the festival to a new 10-day format,” J. Kevin McMahon, president and CEO of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, said in a statement. “Given our planning timeline and current budget, the concentrated period will allow us to focus on ensuring the quality of the programming.”
The festival will be held from June 5 to 14. It will include an Artists Market, live outdoor concerts and events for children.
McMahon said he expects attendance to be robust regardless of the shortened length of the festival. Past attendance estimates have ranged from 400,000 to 600,000 people."
This is an interesting development. In the past the event lasted for 21 days with three shifts of artists exhibiting their work, one group for each week. This seems to me like a good way to revitalize the event, albeit making a more challenging application for the artists.
What do you think? Is this a good thing for artists? for Pittsburgh? Let me hear from you.