East Orange to Host First Ever MACfest music, art, culture celebration

The City of East Orange and The Arts Council of East Orange will present the First East Orange MACFest (Celebration of Music + Arts + Culture) on Saturday, June 13, 2015 between 1pm-6pm. The event is free and open to the public.

The festival, which will be held at 44 City Hall Plaza, East Orange, NJ across from the East Orange Train Station, will feature a live headline performance by Global Artist Sensation Vinx, and will be opened by New Jersey-based  FUSE with guest host Vinnie Brown, an East Orange native and member of Naughty By Nature. The live concert, which will kick off the Jazz at the Plaza Summer Concert Series, will begin at 4 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for the 4 p.m. show.

The festival will also feature a diverse array of local talent, including DJ Fauzi, who will spin between 1-4pm, a Sidewalk Catwalk Fashion Show hosted by Tyrone Chablis, and Student Showcases with the George Washington Carver Drill Team, Maurice Chestnut and Cicely Tyson Students, and East Orange YOPAT’s “Empire” Program.

Community activities will include:

  • Project with the Montclair Art Museum Art Truck featuring artist Dan Fenelon and special guest collaborator and renowned visual artist Willie Cole
  • Epic Chalk Art Battle
  • Community Mapping Project led by Newark-based Gallery Aferro and Pink Dragon Artist Syndicate to launch the Activate: East Orange public art initiative
  • Interactive Children’s Programming coordinated by the East Orange Public Library and the Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs

Festival goers will also be treated to a photo station with the Red Carpet Lady, an eclectic arts marketplace, and a wide variety of Caribbean cuisine, soul food and specialty culinary treats from vendors throughout the area.

“My administration’s vision is to set the standard of urban excellence and become a destination city,” said Mayor Lester E. Taylor III. “Every city that has successfully experienced urban renewal has done so fueled by a thriving arts and culture scene. This festival is a wonderful combination of what East Orange is and what it has the potential to be.”

According to Valerie Jackson, Director of Policy, Planning and Development, MACFest is an evolution of the Summer Solstice Festival that was held last year in conjunction with the Urban Essex Coalition and the Cities of Newark and Orange Township.

“The Summer Solstice concept evolved into MACFest when we decided to create an all day festival that would highlight the rich music, art and culture of our community in a re-mixed setting. We’ve got something for everyone happening on June 13th and we can’t wait for people in and around the city to experience East Orange!”