Organized by:
H Street MainStreet
Produced by:
Kwasi Frye
Raphael Marhsall
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About Us and Our Festival

The Mission

Our Mission is to produce and develop a full scale, professional and diverse cultural neighborhood event for the H Street Community and the DC Area Arts Community. The 2006 festival was

* attended by over 6500 people representative of H Street's rich and diverse community

* crime and incident free according to The Metropolitan Police Department successfully

* sponsored by major corporations such as Verizon, Coca Cola, PNC Bank and local establishments such as Philadelphia Ice, Phish Tea and R&B Coffee

* the recipient of community and city wide accolades from The Office of the Mayor, DC City Council Chairman Linda Cropp, and DC Councilmember Carol Schwartz

* viewed as a financial success by local business owners; as evidenced by a 30% increase in business at Phish Tea, a posh and trendy restaurant, bar and lounge located on festival grounds.

The Purpose

The H Street Community has been repositioned with a new emphasis on the arts and humanities. To celebrate the designation of the community as the Atlas Arts District, we have organized the Festival for Saturday September, 15th. While the details are still coming together, Raphael Marshall and Kwasi Frye are working to make the "H STREET MUSIC FESTIVAL & BAZAAR" an extravaganza: focusing on the visual and performing arts, neighborhood history, and the art of ideas, music, design, and food. There will be multiple stages featuring a variety of music, from rock to R&B, a DJ booth, and two performing arts stages featuring theater, dance, poetry, and the spoken word.

The Street Festival will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., between the 1200 and 1400 blocks of H Street NE.

The purpose of making arts the foundation of the "H STREET MUSIC FESTIVAL & BAZAAR" is to focus attention on the developing arts and entertainment district at the eastern end of the H Street corridor, where well-received plays are performed at the H Street Playhouse, funky arts events occur at DC Sanctuary, and the Atlas Theater has been restored as the Atlas Performing Arts Center with theater, dance, and multi-purpose performing spaces. The African Continuum Theatre Company will be resident at the Atlas and the Theater Alliance is the resident company at the H Street Playhouse. In addition, the Atlas Arts District wants to highlight the often neglected but abundantly rich art's community of Washington D.C.

The Celebration

Welcome to the neighborhood. Diversity, Culture, History, Architecture, Transportation, Convenience, Beauty and Community. The neighborhood around H Street, NE offers a wide array of beautiful architecture, rich history and access to everything the city has to offer.

The Festival on H Street is but one part of a strategic revitalization program focusing resources on economic development, streetscape improvements, education and job opportunities. Walk around this diverse and growing neighborhood and see people taking pride in their homes, painting and rebuilding their community, and dining in the Atlas Art's Districts array of restaurants. The community even has a tremendous cyber presence, surf the many sites highliting its future and its past, and join the blog communities that are dedicated to informed conversations about the community's present. The H Street Community, newly designated as the Atlas Arts District, will serve as the channel for education on DC's rich artistic past, present and future.

We invite you to celeberate our community, and your city's art on September 15th, 2007!!!! Join us at the festival and see what H Street is all about!

The History

The H Street Festival was first organized by COMBAC, the Community-Business Action Coalition. COMBAC was created by neighborhood residents and businesses after the riots. The founders included Mr. Walter Ross, Mrs. Loree Murray, Ms. Doris Clark, Ms. Betty Hart, Mr. Idus Holmes and many others.

The 2005 event was planned, organized and managed by festival volunteers Raphael Marshall, and Kwasi Frye. Education on the state of artists in DC during 2005 was provided exclusively by Elise Perry.

For the 2006 festival, Raphael Marshall and Kwasi Frye took a professional approach to the production of the festival.

This year the "H STREET MUSIC FESTIVAL & BAZAAR" extended the arts marketing efforts well beyond the neighborhood and its current customers. Raphael Marshall and Kwasi Frye will use the "H STREET MUSIC FESTIVAL & BAZAAR" to reward neighborhood customers, attract new customers, and create significant economic benefits for the merchants on the corridor.



September 15, 2007
12th and 14th Blocks oh H St. NE
Washington, DC
12noon to 7pm
Raphael Marshall
Executive Director
H Street Festival
961 H Street, NE Washington, DC 20002
202-256-5335 (c)