Tremé/7th Ward festival celebrates neighborhood's arts and culture "Under the Bridge" on Memorial Day Weekend

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The three-day festival, sponsored in partnership with The Network for Economic Opportunity, is part of the Tremé 7th Ward Cultural District's efforts to build community-based economic-development efforts through arts and culture and other avenues while supporting the culture bearers who make the neighborhood unique.

The inaugural Tremé/7th Ward Arts & Culture Festival will celebrate Memorial Day Weekend “Under the Bridge” with live music, seminars and even a “Baby Doll Pub Crawl” from May 27-29. The three-day festival, sponsored in partnership with The Network for Economic Opportunity, is part of the Tremé 7th Ward Cultural District’s efforts to build community-based economic-development efforts through arts and culture and other avenues while supporting the culture bearers who make the neighborhood unique.

The festival’s three days break down like this:
Friday (May 27): Historic Neighborhood Tours guided by Papa Ashton Ramsey; panel discussions held at the Autocrat Club and Tremé Market Branch, moderated by Mona-Lisa Saloy and Freddi Evans; and a Baby Doll Pub Crawl hosted by Barbara Lacen-Keller.

Saturday (May 28): The “Under the Bridge” gathering will take place on Claiborne Avenue under I-10 between Basin and St. Bernard, with music by Corey Henry & the Tremé Funktet. There also will be plenty of food and art as well as youth recreation and entrepreneurship activities.

Sunday (May 29): The day kicks off with an Elders Gospel Brunch and Congo Square second line, headlined by Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers and featuring a first-ever performance by the multi-generational Andrews Family of Music.

Also, on Monday, May 30, to help launch the city of New Orleans’ new anti-litter campaign, there will be a “Jump Up to Clean Up” second line, followed by a block party at the Candlelight Lounge to help celebrate an album release by Corey Henry & the Treme Funktet.

Foundation for Louisiana is excited to support this inaugural festival. Cheryl Austin, who is a festival organizer, is a LEAD graduate class of 2014 and also is a founder of the Greater Treme Consortium. FFL has worked hard through our cultural-economy work and our capacity-building grants to help the mission of the Treme 7th Ward Cultural District. FLL provides grants to small community organizations that need support to expand mission-critical programming.

For more information on these events, visit www.treme7thwardcd.org.