Live performances and a season of entertainment at the Greater Boston Arts Expo

The inaugural Greater Boston Arts Expo opens September 19, with more than 50 cultural institutions from the greater Boston area offering free and discounted access to upcoming museum exhibits, plays and performances. The event will take place on a two-block stretch of the Rose Kennedy Greenway between Milk and High Street, with food trucks, interactive art activities and live performances. Tents and booths along Rowes Wharf Plaza will be staffed by representatives from cultural institutions such as the City Ballet of Boston, the Greater Boston Stage Company and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, where attendees can enter raffles, purchase tickets and learn more about each exhibition or Perfomance.

ArtsBoston partnered with StageSource to host the event, along with input from organizations such as the Cultural Equity Incubator, the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District and the City of Boston. (The Boston Globe is a media sponsor of the event.)

“We want to make sure everyone feels welcome and invited,” said Catherine Peterson, Executive Director of ArtsBoston. Organizers hope to highlight the city’s artistic community and offerings, and “provide art lovers with a one-stop shop to put together their arts agenda for the coming year.”

The event will also feature two stages with live previews of plays, dance shows and musical performances heading to Boston. Actors from the Huntington Theater will perform a number from their current production, Sing Street, while Boston Lyric Opera will present select songs from La Bohème, which premieres September 23 at the Emerson Colonial Theatre. Cambridge dancer and choreographer Laura Sanchez will demonstrate flamenco, while attendees can expect modern dance and jazz performances by Onstage Dance Company and a drag performance by queer theater collective Lurenzone Theatrics. Accessibility arrangements such as ASL interpretation and audio descriptions of performances at the festival are available upon request.

In addition to the live performances, food trucks from New Orleans-style restaurant Revelry and Mediterranean shawarma restaurant Sufra will serve an array of culinary options. For those over 21, Trillium Brewing Company serves craft brews in a pop-up beer garden.

“The whole point is to come and have a really good time and find out what’s coming up next season,” Peterson said. “People can walk around and talk to people from our large, small and medium-sized arts organizations, hear great performances and maybe have an adult drink and something fun from a food truck.”

September 19, 4-8pm Rowes Wharf Plaza, Rose Kennedy Greenway. More under stagesource.org/page/GBAX

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