HATFestDC Returns October 4, 2014


(Washington, DC) – The Humanities, Arts & Technology Festival took place August 2-3 at Gateway DC on St. Elizabeths East Campus. This creative display of Washington was co-planned by The Humanities Council of Washington, DC and THEARC. The Batala Drummers and Dancers opened the festival with a processional to the main stage, followed by performances from Cecily Bumbray, Aaron Abernathy, Wes Felton, Reesa Renee and Father’s Children on Saturday. Sunday was a gospel showcase on the main stage with Egheosa Band, Tre Thomas, Clifton Ross III, Kim Jordan, Mike McCoy & Voices United and Y’anna Crawley from BET’s Sunday’s Best. Recording Artist Head-Roc served as Master of Ceremonies. With areas centered around technology, music, visual arts, and kids, the festival provided everything from great food to inspiration, dialogue, instruction and creativity.



“The audiences who attended HATFestDC were impressed with the variety of programs and the ability to engage with artists, producers, and even participate in live exhibits,” said Humanities Council Executive Director Joy Ford Austin. “We look forward to making the festival bigger and better in October.”
Many weekend highlights included the opening of the R.I.S.E Technology Center and demonstrations from DC First Youth Robotics. In the visual arts tent, attendees of all ages painted a community dropcloth curated by Tendani Studio then on Sunday, kids and adults engaged in a multi media demonstration – allowing them to record, photograph and see themselves on screen. Humanities Council Soul of the City Youth presented their 2014 version Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” and findings from a web site they developed over the summer, whatsgoingondc.com.


The Music tent curated by Will Rap 4 Food, Inc. provided plenty of excitement. Saturday, top music producers and DJs discussed their careers, and Sunday, several of DC’s music press took part in a well-attended panel discussion on “Music’s Social Influence in Media,” followed by exciting performances by Hippie Life Krew and New Retro Funk Band. In the kids area, the Big Chair Chess Club taught the youth chess at various points throughout the weekend, and Steam America’s Damon Jones led children in a workshop on circuits, art, and engineering.


The Humanities, Arts & Technology Festival would like to thank the National Hand Dance Association for leading lessons and performances on Sunday, as well as Gateway DC for a great venue; all volunteers, curators and program participants.


Search #HATFestDC hash tags on social media to read what attendees are saying, and be sure to follow @HATFestDC on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Details on the October festival will be announced at hatfestdc.com. For festival questions, email hatfestdc@gmail.com.


About The Humanities, Arts & Technology Festival at Gateway DC

Made possible through a grant awarded by the District’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), the FREE festival series will be held over two, amazing weekends in August and October of 2014.


The heart of the festival is located in the center of one of the District’s most prized historic campuses, St. Elizabeths East. The East campus is the home to Gateway DC, a park and pavilion that opened in September 2013. The Pavilion serves as a gateway to the St. Elizabeths East Innovation Hub and will usher in a new chapter of visitors to the campus, including local residents and the 3,700 U.S. Coast Guard employees. The Humanities, Arts & Technology Festival is the perfect platform to embrace the changes to the historic campus, while celebrating the District and Ward 8 communities’ rich heritage, culture and creativity. The theme of this summer’s festival was “Humanities, Arts & Technology at Work,” and each day included a fascinating, interactive display of the city’s creative economy. Each date will feature an exciting scope of activities, live performances, art exhibits, readings and workshops, tech and food demonstrations, kid programming and other exciting activities fun for the entire family. The festival series is presented by St. Elizabeths East, The Humanities Council of Washington, DC, THEARC, DMPED and Gateway DC.