Earlier this month, the people behind MoHu — a 10-day celebration of the arts in the Capital Region — gathered to announced that the second annual MoHu festival will take place beginning Friday, Oct. 5, with more than 100 venues, artists, and arts organizations from all over Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, and Saratoga counties banding together to display the strength and diversity of the cultural programming that makes this area so special.
One of the main goals of the MoHu festival is to raise awareness of the diversity and quality of the arts in the region — to let readers like you know more about what’s going on in the area around you — in the areas bordering the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers. (Get it? That’s where “MoHu” comes from, Mohawk and Hudson.)
Last year, the MoHu organizers hoped to have 50,000 attend various MoHu-labeled events, and they say an estimated 52,272 people turned out for music, dance, theater, comedy, poetry and visual arts. The figure is an estimate, because not all events were ticketed.
One of the events of note is a free event called “Drums Along the MoHu Festival Finale” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at The Egg in Albany. The event features four percussionists – Brian Melick, Devesh Chandra, Robot Aston Ellis and Zorkie Nelson – will perform musical works that celebrate the diversity of the Capital Region.
Another new thing this year is a pre-MoHu fundraiser, called MoHu Takes Flight and labeled as a “an interactive arts cocktail party to kick off and help support the second annual MOHU Festival.” The benefit includes opportunities for art-making and watching. It takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Eclipse Hangar at the Albany International Airport. Tickets are $50 for the public and $30 for MoHu artists. For more information about the benefit, contact Leesa Perazzo 518•382•3884 x187 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about MoHu, visit http://mohufest.com/