Polish Hill Arts Festival
The Polish Hill Civic Association is pulling together elbow grease and Pittsburgh’s special kind of charm to bring you the 7th annual Polish Hill Arts Festival, planned for Sunday, July 20 from 12-9PM. The folks arranging the event want to make sure admission is free for all to attend, so in return they’re asking for help via their IndieGoGo campaign to make sure you have the best time possible. All of the money donated to their crowdsourcing effort will go directly to the festival, not to the organization itself.
Polish Hill, nestled in between Oakland, Strip District, Bloomfield, and Lawrenceville, has a healthy dose of that resilient Pittsburgh energy. The neighborhood takes its name from the large amount of Polish immigrants who settled in the neighborhood to work in our city’s steel industry in the late 19th century, and it’s a spot for unique, Polish-style architecture and residential homes and buildings made even more original by the near-vertical slopes they’re built on. The esteemed Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Brereton Avenue holds on to its old ways by presenting Catholic masses in both Polish and English, but the community today is also filled with young artists and creatives looking to live cheaply while they pursue their passions. Since it’s so affordable, traditional, and impossibly unique, the community has become incredibly diverse and supportive of projects, plans, and each other. The Polish Hill Arts Festival will be located in the heart of the neighborhood at the corner of Brereton and Dobson Streets.
A performance from a past festival:
The Polish Hill Civic Association explains on their campaign that the festival is “relaxed, quirky, and has a lot of personality. The festival reflects the new spirit of our neighborhood, which is evolving into a diverse and vibrant creative community. The arts festival is a unique opportunity to experience Polish Hill and the creative energy that thrives here. There’s no other neighborhood event like it.” Many of the musicians, performers, and vendors are local creatives and volunteers, making the entire experience eclectic and once-in-a-lifetime.
We heard that the Polish Hillbillies, a Polish Hill-based rock band that was popular back in the 90s, are back and they’re slated to perform at the festival along with around more than thirty other local musicians, artists, and craftsmen. You can expect some quirky, handmade crafts and gifts to purchase and delicious food from local cooks and vendors. They’ve also got creativity-building arts activities with sponsors like Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Little House, Big Art, and Assemble for all-ages fun. Be sure to keep an eye out on the event as they make updates on their Facebook page, donate to the effort if you can, and, most importantly, enjoy everything this quirky Pittsburgh neighborhood has to offer you at the Polish Hill Arts Festival.