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Cambridge Arts Festival

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The Cambridge Arts Festival is a not-for-profit event held each summer since 1995. The event is free and features arts activities, a maker lab, live performances, and a market for art and food. The goals of the event include building the community and celebrating original art. The Cambridge Arts Festival is organized and run by volunteers.

Music for the festival spans genres from rock to folk to jazz and features local musicians. There are also some performances tailored for children. In addition, there are several other activities that children can get involved with, including face painting, colouring, and a recycling-themed art project where children make art from materials such as newspaper and tin cans.

The art market spans two blocks in addition to individual booths throughout the festival area, and features over 50 vendors of art and food. Types of art being sold include painting, sculpture, street art, photography, and more. In addition, the Cambridge Arts Festival Collective is an organization of Cambridge artists who come together to give the opportunity for community members to be involved in art, by making an interactive installation for the day of the festival.

Each year, the Cambridge Arts Festival welcomes local groups and businesses to participate as a method of promoting local organizations and introducing the public to new opportunities. These have included the Cambridge Army Cadets and the Fashion History Museum.

The silent auction of the Cambridge Arts Festival lasts around two weeks, and finishes the day of the festival. The auction has featured prizes such as lunch passes to the Cambridge Mill, passes for six to Backyard Axe Throwing League, and pottery items from Hilborn Pottery Design, in addition to pieces from many local artists.

The website for the Cambridge Arts Festival features a gallery of photos and videos from past festivals. The gallery shows face painting, musicians, balloon hats and more, demonstrating what happens at the festival.

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