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HONK! Festival 2020

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Dates:Monday, October 5, 2020 - Sunday, October 11, 2020
Hours:Hours vary depending on the day.
Ages:Infants, Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor:Indoor, Outdoor
Category:Fairs & Festivals
HONK! is a rousing socio-political music spectacle which features social activist street bands from all over the world, who come together to share their different approaches in merrily instigating positive changes in their communities.

For the past 15 years, an October weekend has been the moment when thousands of participants from the Greater Boston area in the USA have enjoyed the HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands – a raucous celebration of music and community that took Somerville, Massachusetts by storm in 2006.

Since that original HONK!, the idea has caught fire beyond anyone’s wildest expectations. HONK! is now a global phenomenon, with more than 20 HONK! Festivals worldwide and participating bands joining us from all seven continents – yes, even Antarctica.

Although the pandemic has made both intimate and spectacular gatherings impossible, we did not want to let a year go by without honoring and activating the HONK! spirit, especially in these times when it is urgent to fight for social justice and to renew our lives with the joy of music and art.

This year, we invited every HONK! affiliate out there – organizers, musicians, artists, and activist partners – to contribute content to HONK!United. We have also solicited a series of online workshops related to our cultural and political practices. Imagine being able to celebrate the power of brass and percussion from Boston to Benin, Rio to Rome and Paris, London to Wollongong, not to mention Austin, New York, Seattle, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Montreal, Vancouver, and elsewhere … all at the same time. This is what we are offering.

Join us, as we HONK!United.




Davis Square, Somerville, MA, 02144 map
Phone: 617-383-HONK (46

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