FOO FOO FEST ANNOUNCES 2021 VIRTUAL KICKOFF MEETING
FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2021
Pensacola’s 12-Day Coastal Celebration Set to Return November 4-15, 2021
The New Year brings a new Foo Foo Festival! Mark your calendars for Foo Foo Festival’s virtual kickoff announcement, taking place on Friday, January 29, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. CT, to hear the news for this year’s plans and grant applications. The 7th Annual Foo Foo Festival will take place November 4-15, 2021 with 12 days of fun-filled celebrations.
The Foo Foo Festival team is excited to share the news around this year’s events, which will be held with COVID-Safe measures in mind. While Foo’s plans for its 2020 events were canceled out of an abundance of safety to ensure the health of the Pensacola community and attendees, the highly-anticipated festival will return in November 2021 better than ever before. Pensacola is celebrated for its unique culture, and the ability to celebrate the arts organizations, nonprofits, and local businesses that thrive within this beloved coastal destination is important now more than ever.
The invitation to join this year’s kickoff meeting is open to all nonprofits, prior participants, local-to-Pensacola community groups, local and regional arts organizations, businesses, hoteliers, and musicians that are interested in learning how to participate in Foo Foo Festival as a grant recipient and “Friend of Foo Foo Fest.” To access the kickoff meeting, please use the Zoom meeting link provided below.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION
Register in advance for the Zoom Meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/
This meeting has proven to be very informative and beneficial to those that are interested in potentially submitting for a Foo Foo Festival grant, becoming a Friend of Foo, or finding out how your business or venture can benefit from the festival and its marketing and advertising.
For questions, please email Nicole Stacey, Foo Foo Festival Curator at Curator@AcePensacola.org
The health and safety of the Pensacola Foo Foo Fest’s attendees, staff, vendors, and participants are of the utmost importance to the Foo Foo Fest team. As Foo Foo Fest organizers work to finalize the plans and event layout for this November’s festivities, the team is taking all precautions possible to ensure that the health of its festival-goers will be kept top of mind, including the institution of COVID-safe protocols and enhancement of outdoor spaces to allow for social distancing. The Foo Foo Fest team will continue to monitor developments surrounding COVID-19 leading up to November’s events and will fully cooperate with any instructions heeded for Escambia County by local and state officials and the CDC.
Foo Foo Fest looks forward to the opportunity to welcome new and returning festival attendees to its seventh annual beloved arts & culture event November 4-15, 2021, and to showing support for the Pensacola community during these challenging times.
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Tickets: $101 - $201
ICM Theatre is partnering with Stamped Film Festival for “The Mattachine: A Hedwig Experience featuring John Cameron Michell,” a one-of-a-kind fundraising gala on Nov. 9 at The Cabaret, 101 S. Jefferson St. “The Mattachine” will feature the creator of the Tony Award-winning rock musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” Broadway star John Cameron Mitchell, and will raise money for ICM Theatre’s June 2020 production of the show at Vinyl Music Hall, as well as LGTBQ charities designated by Stamped Film Festival.“
“The Mattachine” is named for the Mattachine Society, which challenged the practice of bars not serving homosexuals in the mid-’60s. The event features Mitchell and partner DJs PJ DeBoy and Paul Dawson, stars of his groundbreaking film of sexual exploration, “Shortbus,” as well as cabaret performer Amber Martin. “The Mattachine” was first thrown in New York City at the infamous dive bar Julius, turning it to an unconventional “It” spot in the process.
The idea was to challenge “homo stereotypes” that had become the norm in gay nightlife. It had unpredictable playlists; an inclusive, non-cruiser vibe; and regular features and antics we’ve never heard of at any other party. “The Mattachine” may be the most unique club event you’ll ever attend, gay or otherwise. They play rock, pop, soul, country, funk, punk, New Wave and hip hop, and the vibe is friendly, open, fun, silly, sexy and political — because what thinking person isn’t?
For the Pensacola “Mattachine,” the evening will feature not just the DJ/cabaret performances by John Cameron Mitchell and friends but will offer a preview of the Pensacola production of “Hedwig,” as well as a deeper dive into the music and story of Mitchell’s creation. “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” centers on Hedwig Robinson, a genderqueer East German singer of a fictional rock band. A botched gender reassignment surgery left Hedwig — formerly Hansel, a self-proclaimed “girly boy” — with a dysfunctional one-inch lump of flesh between her legs, the so-called “Angry Inch” after which her band is named.
For the Nov. 9 event, a “Best of the Coast” drag show will feature top cabaret performers from all over the East Coast doing their own renditions of songs from “Hedwig,” followed by the star of ICM Theater’s production of “Hedwig,” Jarvis Derrell, performing a collection of songs from “Hedwig” live. The evening will culminate with Mitchell himself performing two of the songs he made famous in originating the role of Hedwig.
A one-dollar surcharge added to the price of each ticket to “The Mattachine” will be reserved for LGBTQ charities designated by Stamped. The remainder of funds raised, after event expenses, will help to fund ICM Theatre’s planned June 2020 production of “Hedwig” at Vinyl Music Hall. ICM Theatre is the independent theatre company that produced this year’s highly successful January run of “Evil Dead: The Musical” at Vinyl.
The show explores a variety of queer and trans issues as it follows Hedwig’s career and romantic travails through monologues and concert performances on a tour of dive bars, making Vinyl Music Hall’s rock club atmosphere the perfect locale to stage the show, and setting the production dates during LGBTQ Pride Month makes for an ideal time frame.
As with “The Mattachine,” a nonprofit organization designated by Stamped will receive all funds from a $1 per ticket surcharge on tickets to the show. Tickets to “The Mattachine” are $100 and include your first specialty cocktail. VIP packages including early admission and a pre-show meet-and-greet with John Cameron Mitchell are $200. Attendance is strictly limited to 300, and only 50 VIP packages will be sold.
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