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Monday, October 27, 2008

Firebird Festival Scheduled for December 13th

On Saturday, Decemeber 13th, Phoenixville will play host to the 5th Annual Firebird Festival. From the festival website (www.firebirdfestival.com):

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Starting at 4 in the afternoon, the Downtown District will be transformed into a performance art venue with storytellers, choruses, dancers and musicians, all performing and relating stories of Winter and of the Phoenix – the mythical bird and namesake of Phoenixville.

Located along the 200 and 300 blocks of Bridge Street, the festivities will take place in the Colonial Theatre, the Phoenix Village Art Center and Steel City Coffee House, as well as in the parking lot next to the Justice Building.

At the conclusion of the performances in the Theatre, the Arts Center and the Coffee House a community Drum Ensemble accompanied by dancers will lead festival goers in a procession down Bridge Street to the giant, wooden Firebird sculpture just west of the Justice Building.

Two huge Peace birds - each carried by three people - will circle the Firebird, followed by Fire spinners and dancers. At 8 PM the Fire Master - selected by raffle to light the Firebird [tickets available at the event] will be handed a torch and will then ignite the phoenix. As it burns, the Firebird will act as a kiln and will fire a cache of clay birds hidden inside. These birds - created weeks before by members of the community - will be exhibited at the Phoenix Village Art Center February 6th thru March 4th .


The Firebird Festival helps form a bridge between the old and the emerging communities, bringing people together to see the vibrant, artistic side of Phoenixville. One of the goals of the festival organizers is to bring art to the community, making it "accessible on the street." Art by the community, for the community.

The Firebird Festival is a FREE event enjoyed by festival goers of all ages. Many of the performances are interactive - inviting audience participation.
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16 comments:

Anonymous said...

I absolutely LOVE this event. It is free and child-friendly. Can't wait!!!

Anonymous said...

December? Is this usually when this event occurs?

Anonymous said...

Pagan rituals?

Anonymous said...

That's right. We love these Pagan rituals. Oooooooh! Are ya scared or something.

And yes it always happens in December / the winter solstice. Get it? Believe me this is one of the coolest events in town. Call your friends and have a firebird party and then watch the firebird burn. It is truly a spine tingling experience. And your friends will love it. Bring some drinks (concealed) and its A OK.

Anonymous said...

I can't condone having open containers at this event

Anonymous said...

Neither can I.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I didn't mean to offend. I know it PC not to bring open containers at events but most do anyway.

Alexandra said...

This sounds cool I will definitely have to check it out.

Anonymous said...

Alexandra, it is a great event that will send chills down your spine. Seriously, when you see the community come together and then think about how few towns ever hold events like this then it will make it feel more special.

Anonymous said...

You mean there aren't many towns out there that set a wooden bird on fire?

Anonymous said...

I think this is a great event. I dont why people have to come on here and knock it before they even go see it. Its a great event for the whole family and if you bring acohol your just gonna ruin it for the everybody if you get caught!! so dont be dumb respect the people around you and thier kids!

Anonymous said...

I think this is a great event. I dont why people have to come on here and knock it before they even go see it. Its a great event for the whole family and if you bring acohol your just gonna ruin it for the everybody if you get caught!! so dont be dumb respect the people around you and thier kids!

Anonymous said...

The firebird festival is the best! There must be a way to keep the drunken revelers from ruining it for everyone. Thanks to all who participate in making this great event so great!

Anonymous said...

this is a great event. a lot of fun.
everyone loves to watch things burn!
I have never seen this get out of hand. Bring friends and cookies!

Anonymous said...

You know there are actually other people in this world other than children who enjoy going out with their friends to events like this? I've gone to Firebird Fest twice and I don't recall seeing any drunk people falling down in the streets "ruining it for everybody." Everybody needs to stop panicking just because one person mentioned alcohol. Oooooooh boy alcohol! Actually the biggest annoyances I've had at Firebird Fest WERE children throwing rocks into the crowd and into the fire. And seriously calm down with the "Pagan ritual" thing. The community comes together and watches wood burn - relax. Geeze - didn't realize so many people were so anal.

Anonymous said...

How about a live nativity scene in our town, two weeks before Christmas. The pagan rituals are just another excuse to drink!