Ashfield Town Spectacle & Culture Fair
Double Edge’s Ashfield Town Spectacle and Culture Fair explored how active participation defines the intersection of art, culture, and democracy. Grown directly from the theatre’s questions about the roots of identity, the Town Spectacle extended this search to include the whole community through a kaleidoscope of history, art, and spectacle. This performance did not take place in a theatre—the territories of the town were the stage map—and the ensemble was joined by all walks of the Ashfield, Hilltown, and western MA community.
Spectators were free to wander from venue to venue, with a map and schedule provided upon entry. The Spectacle Fair took place each day from 1-7 with parade down Main Street at 7, leading to a finale at the Ashfield Lake. Here is an electronic program from the event.
Daily Hampshire Gazette
Editorial: Double Edge redefines meaning of ‘community theater’
Double Edge creates Ashfield Center stage for town to rediscover itself
Big 'spectacle' planned in Ashfield
This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Mass Humanities Foundation, The Community Foundation of Western Mass, The USDA, Elmer's Store, Gloriosa & Co., and The Ashfield Lake House.
In addition, this program is supported in part by grants from the Conway, Heath, Shelburne, Colrain, Buckland, Charlemont-Hawley, Rowe, Plainfield, Goshen, Cummington, Shutesbury, Deerfield, Ashfield, and Springfield Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.