River Festival | Stream Festival

Cambridge Arts Stream Festival

Join Cambridge Arts for our 2020 Stream Festival on Saturday, June 6, from 2 to 9:20 p.m. It’s the City’s annual River Festival reimagined as an online showcase of music, dance, theater, the Peoples Sculpture Race, Mermaid Promenade, the Climate Action Pavilion, and art activities for children. And preview the festival below.

The Cambridge Arts Stream Festival is proud to partner with Cambridge Community Television to present this work on our website as well as on CCTV’s channel and streaming platforms. Preview the festival at cambridgema.gov/streamfest, then on the day of the festival watch there or on CCTV's Channel 9, cctvcambridge.org/channel09. Live presentations will be streamed on the Facebook pages of CCTV (https://www.facebook.com/cctvcambridge/) and CambridgeArts (https://www.facebook.com/CambridgeArtsCouncil/

Performers and presenters will include Jonathan Suazo, Ken Field, Bob Toabe, Julian Loida, Rachel Sumner, Central Square Theater's Act Up and Vote, Joshua Wolf Coleman, Abilities Dance, Midday Movement, The Dance Complex, Jean-Dany Joachim, Deidre Tao, and Bren Bataclan. Plus a virtual tour of Harvard Art Museums' "Painting Edo" exhibit.

With the health and safety of our artists, performers, audiences, vendors, suppliers, volunteers and staff as a primary consideration, the City of Cambridge and Cambridge Arts decided in April to reimagine the Cambridge Arts annual, live River Festival as a virtual event. (Read the full message from Cambridge Arts Executive Director Jason Weeks.)

$20,000 that would have been used to produce the 2020 River Festival has been contributed to the Cambridge Artist Relief Fund, based at the Cambridge Community Foundation. Learn more about resources available for the arts community.


2:00 p.m. Welcome from Cambridge Arts Executive Director Jason Weeks
2:05 p.m. Jazz by Bob Toabe, Ken Field and Jonathan Suazo
2:34 p.m. Dance Complex flamenco lesson
3:37 p.m. Theater from Joshua Wolf Coleman and Central Square Theater
4:05 p.m. How-to-Draw Mermaids demo for children by Bren Bataclan
4:11 p.m. People's Sculpture Racing
5:10 p.m. Folk Music by Rachel Sumner
5:30 p.m. Dance performance by Abilities Dance
6:00 p.m. Climate Action: Concert for the Sycamores
6:30 p.m. Poetry Tent with Rhina P. Espaillat, Martha Collins, Lloyd Schwartz, Toni Bee, Doug Holder, Mary Buchinger, Fred Edson Lafortune, Hilary Sallick, Fred Marchant, David McCann,x Jacqui Morton, and Lo Galluccio, presented by Jean-Dany Joachim
7:40 p.m. Tour of Harvard Art Museums’ exhibition "Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection" by curator Rachel Saunders
8:10 p.m. Dance from the Midday Movement program, including Victoria Awkward, Caitlin Canty, Sasha Peterson, Asia Pyron, Noli Rosen, and Ronnie Thomas
8:50 p.m. Vibraphone performance by Julian Loida
9:11 p.m. Virtual Art Exhibit by Deidre Tao
9:18 p.m. Mermaid Promenade virtual parade

People’s Sculpture Racing

Virtual Sculpture Race

People’s Sculpture Racing invites you to create a movement-based event, wherever you are, in any medium, in the spirit of sculpture racing, and video it in action. Send us more or less unedited video footage so that, through editing, we may weave together your event with other’s into common events, creative documentary style. All work should be original, created for this project, and human-powered—no motors or canned sound.

Trophies will be presented for Spectacle; Ingenuity; and Speed-Dynamism, both for the Youngster Category and in the Youth/Adult/Family Category. Judges: Lajos Héder, public artist, co-director of the Harries/Héder Collaborative; Lillian Hsu, Cambridge Arts Public Arts Administrator; Ed Andrews, artist and Interim Chair of Northeastern University’s College’s Department of Arts, Media and Design.

Learn more about how to participate.

Joshua Wolf Coleman Performs Excerpts from 'Thurgood' by George Stevens, Jr.

Victoria Awkward | Midday Movement Series

Asia Pyron | Midday Movement Series

Papa Sy: Dance Class for Children

Ronnie Thomas | Midday Movement Series

Maxine Lorenzo Designs

Design of Mine

Teddy's Hidden Treasure

Julian Loida

Bren Bataclan

Bren Bataclan

Bob Toabe

Robert Pisani | The Riceball Factory

Deidre Tao


This curated collection of Massachusetts landscape paintings by Deidre Tao explores themes of tranquility and reflection as an artistic offering during the COVID-19 crisis.

Community Art Center

Art from the Community Art Center in Cambridge.

The Community Art Center cultivates an engaged community of youth whose powerful artistic voices transform their lives, their neighborhoods, and their worlds. See more from this Cambridge nonprofit.

Ancient Fire Henna

Ancient Fire Henna 

Ancient Fire Henna offers natural, henna body art services.

Josh Bookman

Josh Bookman.

Josh Bookman is a 21st century writer and mischievist.

I See Spain

I See Spain.

I See Spain: Bringing Spain’s amazing culinary traditions, cooking pottery, foods and products to your kitchen.

Rachel Sumner


Ken Field


Lloyd Williams

Lloyd Williams, "Island Woman." 

Dance: Kelley Donovan

BEST Festival Nominee!

"Best of Boston" from Boston Magazine

BEST Festival Winner!

Boston Magazine named the Cambridge Arts River Festival the Best Festival of 2017 and then again in 2018: "This annual extravaganza isn’t just about seeing contemporary work—it’s about immersing yourself in it. Along with musical, dance, and theater acts, you’ll find a poetry tent, huge wild-animal puppets, and beatbox workshops. In other words, sweet, sweet sensory overload."

The City of Cambridge does not discriminate on the basis of disability. The City may provide auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures to qualified individuals with disabilities. For information contact Cambridge Arts: Phone: 617-349-4380, TDD: 617-349-4621

Maud Morgan Arts leads a paper banner workshop at the 2019 Cambridge Arts River Festival.