On Saturday, July 27, from 10am-10pm, the Pittsfield City Hoopla festival returns to the verdant public gardens of Springside Park at 874 North St. in Pittsfield for its annual festivities inspired by the craft, craze and creativity of the hoola hoop. Since 2009, the Pittsfield City Hoopla has featured a full day of hoop related classes, contests, jams, art, vending and performance. The festival is a unique family-friendly event that celebrates the value of the movement arts in our everyday lives and community.
Admission is free and open to all ages and abilities. Workshops on the main lawn are free and include: “Get Into Your Hoop” and “Body Rolls and Tosses,” beginner hooping techniques with professional hoop dance artists from the Boston Hoop Troop at 12noon and 1pm, “Moving Your Mandala” at 2pm with dance therapy students and artists Bridgit Noone and Karen Linafelter from Antioch University New England, and “Musical Hoops & Running Hoop Races” with Williamstown-based movement artist Shira Lynn at 3pm. There will also be more focused smaller workshops available for a fee.