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Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh to be a week shorter this summer

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.

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Comment by Lisa Hartmann on July 1, 2010 at 10:33pm
I did the last weekend of the festival (2010), and just about everything about this show was painful, from the difficult set up the night before to the loud music that ran through much much of the show. People were not there to buy. I was in the park area where the weekend artists were placed and did not run into one singlehappy artist. Perhaps it was better in the plaza area, where artists had a longer run -- don't quote me on this, but I believe they started on Wed and ran through Sunday. The plaza artists didn't have to compete with the loud music--a huge plus. The only good thing about this show as far as I'm concerned is that it's in Pittsburgh which is a fabulous city.
Comment by Connie Mettler on July 2, 2010 at 10:50am
Lisa, you know many people would appreciate it if you would post a show review on this well-known old time show.

You are right -- Pittsburgh is an amazing city.

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