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Massachusetts has an illustrious tradition of ideas, industry and innovation, plus an equally renowned creative community of musicians, dancers, writers and thinkers hailed around the world.
These distinctive strands are being united by a new festival called HubWeek, which makes its debut from October 3-10, with 80+ events in Boston neighborhoods and in Brookline and Cambridge.
Organizers describe HubWeek as “a platform to showcase the big thinking and bold solutions that live at the intersection of art, science and technology in Greater Boston.”
HubWeek kicks off on Saturday, October 3, with the annual Let’s Talk About Food at Copley Square Park in Boston’s Back Bay that brings together nutritionists, chefs and foodies.
Then on Sunday, October 4, the Fenway Forum at Faneuil Hall will discuss the most challenging moral, ethical, and civic issues of our time. It takes place at Faneuil Hall, right across from Boston City Hall. Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel is joined by master cellist Yo Yo Ma, MIT professors Andrew McAfee and Sherry Turkle, author and editor Arianna Huffington, actress and comedian Whitney Cummings and Emmy Award-winning writer Alexis Wilkinson.
Four of Massachusetts’ most iconic institutions – Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and The Boston Globe – have joined forces to launch HubWeek, along with dozens of sponsors and collaborators from every sector.
Other events include:
- Made in Boston: Stories of Invention, Innovation, Tuesday October 6
- Economic Growth for All, Wednesday, October 7
- Inside Kendall Square, Thursday, October 8
- GlobeDocs premiere of Fastball in Fenway Park, Saturday October 10
- ILLUMINUS, Saturday October 10
The grand finale Illuminus event is a free nighttime contemporary art festival taking place on Lansdowne Street in the shadow of Fenway Park. The exterior of Fenway’s “Green Monster” is being transformed into a three-story percussion instrument where musicians and visual artists will create an evolving light and sound extravaganza. It promises to be a wonderful blending of creativity and technology, which perfectly captures the spirit of HubWeek.
Visit hubweek.org for more information.
*All photos courtesy of HubWeek