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Phoenix Rising Festival

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The Phoenix Rising Festival was a 2 day festival (March 24th & 25th) at the Phoenix Arts District in Springfield! The districts spreads across several warehouses and makes up 100,000sq ft of space! 

On Saturday (24th), the main two attractions were the Bobby K fashion show and a dance party following immediately after! (which - both were full of energy and just a badass impression on the city!). Bobby has a shop in Murray Hill (Bobbyk Boutique) that has the FRESHEST take on a boutique in the city. 

Dozens of muralists (mainly from Northeast Florida) have been working on these INCREDIBLE murals surrounding the warehouses and many of them were there on Sunday (25th) working on the walls! Sunday was a community block party and invited out families and their pets to enjoy watching the process of the artists, while also shopping with local vendors that were set up in the main alley in between the two main warehouses. 

Funds collected are being used to continue developing a community event space, cafe, restaurant, gallery, live/work artist studios, workshops, and classes for all ages in varying art forms. I've posted about it several times over the past 1-2 years, and the amount of progress that has happened so far is REMARKABLE! For more information, the link to Phoenix is in the second paragraph above!