2018 Festival Schedule



Opening Ceremony at the Strikers' Monument


Held on the Common across from City Hall at the 1912 Textile Workers' Strikers' Monument across from City Hall. Welcome by the Chair of the 1912 Strikers’ Monument Committee, the President of the Bread and Roses Heritage Committee, and Mayor Rivera.

Historic Trolley Tours


FREE 50 minute tour of the historic mill town, Lawrence, MA. Departs from City Hall every 30 minutes starting at 12:00pm, with the last trolley at 4:00pm. Get TICKETS in advance at the Friends of Lawrence Heritage State Park tent (these fill up quickly). 

Los paseos en trolley con guía en español salen a las 2:00pm y 4:00pm. Busque su boleta en la mesa de “Friends of Lawrence Heritage State Park.”

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Historic Walking Tours


FREE. Leaves from the Strikers' Monument on the Common across from City Hall and goes through the mill district, focusing on the Strike of 1912.

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Dreamers & Doers Celebration


For the first time this year, we will hold a special ceremony just before the final act of the Festival. Dreamers and Doers for Social Justice honors the men and women in our communities who, during the past year, have given their best to improve the lives of countless workers, in fields, workshops, factories, and offices.


Each group will speak briefly about the organizing and work they have done and will receive recognition for their efforts on behalf of working men and women. The organizations represented include the workers of CLASS Inc. in Lawrence, the airport workers in SEIU 32BJ, Freedom for All Massachusetts, Cosecha, and more.  


These courageous workers keep the spirit of the Bread and Roses strike alive in our communities every day!

Lawrence Hustle & Soul (Grand Finale)


“Lawrence Hustle & Soul” is a multimedia production adapted from the critically acclaimed play “Morir Soñando” by Nilson Mata about the struggles that face young creatives in the city of Lawrence. Touching on timeless themes of gentrification, the housing crisis, and the allure of the American Dream, the showcase features rich cultural dialogue in the form of acting, dancing, and poetry, framed by three magnificent murals painted by Lawrence’s own Elevated Thought. The purpose of this showcase is to provoke emotion, spark necessary dialogue, and explore the reality of current Lawrence culture from an honest perspective.

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Wabafu Garifuna Dance Theater

12:15-1:00pm | Dance

GHC’s mission is to reach out to the world and educate as many youngsters as possible in order to maintain a continuous practice of the Garifuna tradition through the art of dancing, singing and drumming. Our goal is to preserve the richness of the culture and maintain its purity.

Funky Dawgz Brass Band


The Funky Dawgz Brass Band are one of the premier touring acts on the live music scene today. Emerging from Connecticut, these young men have engulfed the spirit and traditions of New Orleans as well as earned the respect from local musicians who grew up and reside in the city. It is impossible not to enjoy yourself during a show as they play a contagious upbeat mix of traditional New Orleans R&B, original music, hip hop, funk, and today’s top hits with a brass twist.

Ten Tumbao w/ dancers


Making great music for dancing and listening.  A diverse repertoire with feeling, fun and mucho swing! Educational concerts and workshops for children and adults, musicians and non-musicians, educators and laymen.

Latin, Afro Caribbean and more...



With influences such as Sade, Lauryn Hill, Celia Cruz, Bob Marley, Bilal, Outkast, Selena and many more, Kaovanny comes with a package rich in purpose, culture, truth and art. With every intention to use all the sounds in her multi-cultural upbringing, Kaovanny strives to show her layers in hopes to help others understand and heal their own.

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The Alchemystics


Fueled by their passion to explore beyond the edges of traditional musical boundaries and their diverse ethnic and musical backgrounds, the Alchemystics blend reggae, politically infused hip-hop, gritty soul, hard-driving rock, and pulsing Jamaican, Cuban and Trinidadian rhythms into an utterly unique and distinctively original new sound. The result is modern-day roots music with global appeal an alchemy of ancient musical traditions; intricate, intelligent wordplay; elementally raw soul; irresistible hooks; deep, driving rhythms; and old-school vocal harmonies fired by the Alchemystics' unique blend of intensity, passion, and sheer artistic chemistry into a powerful, contemporary, and unmistakable sound.

Sabine Blaizin (with Sweat and Tears dancers)


Dj Sabine's work focuses on the exposure and pleasures of African Diasporic music. Brooklyn Mecca and Oyasound are a few of her creative projects. Over the years, Dj Sabine's mainstay and cultivation has been the monthly event Brooklyn Mecca which has been coined the home of "Grassroots Dance Culture". Her Oyasound Ep is currently in the works. Sabine worked for Ocha Records label as a Brand Marketing Director/Producer and Bembe NYC Party resident DJ. Dj Sabine spins Global Soul: Hip-Hop, House, Afrotech, Afrobeat, Haitian Roots and other Diasporic tunes.



Oompa is a nationally-acclaimed, Boston-born, poet, rapper, and educator, who is forever representing the queer, black, orphaned, hood kids. Oompa is the winner of the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam, and a finalist at the 2016 National Poetry Slam. She has been featured on the cover of DigBoston, in Huffington PostThe Boston GlobeBoston HeraldNPRBoston’s The ARTery, Improper Bostonian Magazine, and Vanyaland, among others. Oompa's debut album, November 3rd, was named one of Dig Boston's Top 30 Local Albums of 2016 and one of Allston Pudding’s Favorite albums of 2016. She was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2017 Boston Music Awards, Boston Herald’s New Favorites of 2018, and is coming off of her latest performance to a sold out audience at the Great Scott. She is currently working on her second full-length album and planning a fall tour of both music and poetry.

Christopher Paul Stelling


"The richly layered storytelling of John Prine, the croon-to-howl hybrid vocal of Tom Waits and Glen Hansard, and an intricately finger-picked guitar style that lands somewhere between Lead Belly and Lindsey Buckingham" - Rolling Stone

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Nicolette Stories (storytelling)


Nicolette Nordin Heavey performs stories for all those young at heart, from toddlers to adults.  Her energetic performances have been delighting audiences for over ten years.  The children listening appear “awestruck” as Nicolette animates tigers, frogs and even mosquitoes, yet Nicolette’s story programs contain essential learning and literacy skills. Both her fictional and personal stories have earned recognition.  She has been chosen to present at local storytelling conferences and festivals (Sharing the Fire, Three Apples Storytelling Festival) and earned third place in massmouth’s final story slam in 2010.

Stephanie Beach (magic show)


Stephanie Beach is a Professional Magician specializing in Comedy Magic. Prepared to be amazed!