Our City Festival

The DC Public Library Foundation partners with Kendra Rubinfeld Public Relations to present theOur City Festival, a weekend-long celebration of D.C. culture, music, film and literature. The festival , which takes place each summer, comprises curated live events at the MLK Library and film screenings at neighborhood libraries. The Our City Festival seeks to strengthen DC’s unity while embracing its diversity, and celebrate its creative communities past, present and future.

The 2015 Our City Festival featured the following free live events created and produced by local artists and organizations:

This DCopian Life curated by Clare Bennett and Jim Thomson

This program explored and honored Ethiopian identity and culture in D.C. through live musical performances by Feedel Band, dance and storytelling.

Aqua4: (di)Visions of Washing Water curated by Courtney Sexton and Michael O. Snyder

This installation explored the history of Washington, D.C.’s waterways, and how they have influenced the personality of our city – both geographically and culturally.

4/4 Hand Dancing + House Music curated by Pleasant Plains Workshop and The General Store, Inc.

This event showcased DC artists, DJ’s, dancers and pioneers in both the DC House Music scene and the Hand Dancing tradition.

Our Voices curated by Chris Ousley and Free Minds

Our Voices combined well-known local musicians, including members of the Chuck Brown Band, who played original pieces while members of Free Minds DC – an organization that helps formerly incarcerated youth find their voice through writing and poetry – recited their powerful poetic works.