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FireFish Festival returns to Lorain in September

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LORAIN — The FireFish Festival will return to Lorain for the fourth year this September.

According to a Thursday news release, the festival, which aims at “bringing vibrancy and pride to downtown Lorain” and “shine a light on the city’s great beauty,” will be 4 to 11 p.m. Sept. 21 and Sept. 22.

The festival features performances and art in unexpected places along Broadway and culminates with the burning of a giant fish sculpture, which interdisciplinary theater and performance artist Daniel McNamara designed this year.

“The dazzling procession with percussion, fire performers and belly dancers leading to the burning of the fish has become a ritual, and this year, we want to create an even more memorable spectacle,” he said. “By inviting the community to release things, ideas and feelings that no longer serve us personally and societally, participants can gather around the fire to experience a cathartic and emotional rebirth which mirrors the emergence of Lorain from its decaying past to a new vibrant artistic mecca.”

FireFish Executive Director James Levin said the festival is thrilled to be attracting artists wanting to be a part of the creative FireFish experience and hope to continue to draw thousands of new visitors to downtown Lorain.

“We are delighted that FireFish has grown to be an annual destination for art, music and fun lovers throughout northeastern Ohio,” Levin said. “With the themes this year of diversity and release, FireFish will continue to create a celebration for the entire community offering outdoor pageantry that makes this festival unique and unforgettable.”

The fish sculpture, which will be built with the help of students from the Lorain County Community College STEAM Teen Academy, will be made with upcycled paper and cardboard.

The presenting sponsor for this year’s festival is FirstEnergy Foundation, with support from the Ohio Arts Council.

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