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HONK!United: dates extended, due to popular demand, for the online festival of activist street bands
HONK!United: a virtual worldwide festival of activist street bands, organized by the HONK! Festival based in Somerville, MA (USA). Now extended to stream from October 5-11, 2020.
By: HONK!United (c/o the HONK! Festival)
As of this writing, the current participation number includes 76 bands (many USA-based, plus groups from Moscow, Antarctica, Rome, Uganda, Perth, Rio, Berlin, etc.), 10 submissions from various HONK! Festivals (their on-site locations include London, Seattle, Ontario, Austin, NYC, etc.), and 2 large regional proposals (as in, the state of Colorado and the city of New Orleans).
So, what is HONK!United exactly? It is this year's necessary online solution, in order to sustain and move forward a now 15-year worldwide movement, one that was first established as the HONK! Festival of activist street bands in Somerville, MA (USA) in 2006. In 2019, over 20 annual on-site HONK! festivals took place, in locations spread over 4 continents.
Fast forward to 2020, to the 6th annual HONK! Oz, held on-site in Wollongong, Australia, who were fortunate enough to hold their annual gathering in mid-January. And then? Crickets for the rest of this year? Not a chance, because when it comes to the now vast network of HONK! affiliates, all eager to still gather and share their united musical energies, particularly in this year of years, any method used to convene is just fine.
And ironically enough, those HONK! bands who have never been in a position to physically travel to an organized on-site HONK! Festival can now attend one, and enjoy the very satisfying exchange of music, stories, and solutions, that come about during every HONK!
The HONK!United organizers, based in Somerville, MA (USA), have developed and expanded the upcoming online HONK! experience, that not only can accommodate a large number of musical participants, either pre-recorded or streamed live, but will also allow for participation in a variety of online HONK! workshops (most of which will be open to the public). honkunited.org
HONK!United's statement of purpose can be found specifically at honkunited.org/
--submitted by marycurtinproductions
[on behalf of HONK!United]