Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson.
Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson.

TORRINGTON —  It was a day of music, art, and fun at the first-ever Litchfield Hills Creative Festival, organized by the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council on Saturday, Aug. 14.

Many local arts organizations participated in the event, making the downtown area of Torrington a true scene of art, theater, and music.

Red Room Sound Studio provided free concerts at Coe Park throughout the day, including a performance by Corey Glover of Living Colour and Friends that closed the festival.

Also in Coe Park, The Warner Theater held two performances of the family friendly play “The Stinky Cheese Man.”

Meanwhile, music busking was organized all throughout Main Street organized by Rock Yer Block, while local organizations including Culture 4 A Cause, Mental Health Connecticut Mending Arts, and Our Culture is Beautiful were all in Franklin Plaza with various informational booths and art demonstrations throughout the day.

The Five Points Gallery held an open studios event with its Launchpad artists and various galleries on Water Street were open to the public.

So many artists and organizations participated in the event that, when event co-organizer and Northwest Connecticut Arts Council Executive Director Steph Burr was asked how many participated in the event, she said that over 100 artists and over 20 organizations participated in the event.

“I just think that this event is important because it gives local artists, musicians, and everyone a platform for what they do,” Burr said. “We have so much cool and creative energy here in this Northwest Corner. We’re here to show it all off.”

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All photos and videos by Shaw Israel Izikson