2019 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.

Bread & Puppet Theater


Reality is either horizontal or vertical or both. The horizontal produces us + eventually takes us back into its giant arms’ embrace. The vertical is the exceptional human predicament, the up + forward striding ambition that makes history + warfare. The diagonal results from the hurts that the vertical suffers in the process. It is our common human fate, the hard-to-sustain-in-between life, neither up nor down that needs to muster all its strength to lift itself up + the courage to invent tricks that keep it from falling. And this trickery deserves a circus, however small or short, to celebrate the inventiveness of the struggling body + mind in the fight against falling, as well as a victory feast for the successful lifting itself up.

Halll of Fame Award


Katherine Paterson is an American author born in China best known for children’s literature.  A resident of Vermont, she has won two Newberry Medals and two National Book Awards, among many other high honors.  She served as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature at the Library of Congress in 2010 and 2011.  She recently received the E. B. White award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for her lifetime achievements in children’s and young adult literature.  Katherine Paterson’s efforts to promote literacy in the U.S. and abroad are also a great accomplishment.

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 3:30pm. 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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TMP Empire


We are Young Africans of the diaspora based in Boston, U.S.A. fighting for a Better Generation. We fight against discrimination by using the power of our talents as the key to success and to build a new nation of Love, Peace, and Family.

Julie Rhodes


“On the cusp of a meteoric rise in the songwriter community, Julie Rhodes is a powerhouse vocalist with authentic soul, grounded both in the songwriting traditions of yesterday’s Americana and today’s very present social and political issues.” - Howl Magazine

Ani Cordero


Ani Cordero is a passionate singer, songwriter, drummer, guitarist, and Latin American music researcher living in NYC. In 2014, Ani released an album entitled "Recordar" ("Remember"), which re-imagined songs by influential Latin American songwriters of the turbulent "Nueva Cancion" era, including Victor Jara, Violeta Parra, Chavela Vargas, and Atahualpa Yupanqui. Her critically-acclaimed album received accolades from NPR's All Things Considered, Alt-Latino, and Soundcheck, as well as, Billboard, USA Today, PRI The World, Brooklyn Vegan, BUST, Remezcla, and more.



On the surface, STL GLD are a Hip Hop band. However, through captivating performances, STL GLD continually push beyond the traditions of Hip Hop with genre bending compositions. Multifaceted and complex, their live show sees elements of hip hop, rock, punk, and cinematic orchestra all coming together for an unforgettable live experience. Creators of such dynamic experiences, STL GLD were crowned winners of “Live Artist of the Year” at the 2018 Boston Music Awards and named “Boston's Best Band” by Improper Bostonian.

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Ezekiel's Wheels


Internationally-recognized klezmer ensemble Ezekiel's Wheels brings passion, virtuosity, and contagious energy to every performance. The Wheels improvise with the intimacy of chamber music and the intensity of a rowdy dance band. They are equally at home on the stage of the International Jewish Music Festival, where judges heralded them as "a true musical democracy," as in the classroom, where sixth-grade student Jonathan raised his hand to tell them, "Y'all got swag."

Roberto Carlos - Música Peruana Andina


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Lenny Lashley's Gang Of One


LENNY LASHLEY is virtually a household name in New England. Whether it’s performing on stage or slinging drinks at The Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plains (MA), Lenny is a star – regaling the world with Boston history and decades of tour stories like no one else can. His voice is as Boston as it gets – and as identifiable as any other frontman out there. Lenny’s even narrated movies and done voiceover gigs to help him sustain being a diehard rock and roller.

Renee Goust


Her sound is culturally diverse, ranging from canción neo-ranchera to folk-pop to queer and feminist cumbias norteñas.  Raised bilingual, and having grown up crossing the US-Mexico border daily to and from school, Renee enjoys traversing boundaries with her music and currently writes in Spanish, English, French and Italian.

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Bryson Lang (Juggler)


Bryson Lang has entertained thousands around the world with his creative, high-energy, family-friendly Comedy – Juggling act. His versatility as an entertainer has put him in hotel-casino shows, night clubs, corporate events, comedy clubs and theaters as well as camps, libraries, schools, senior centers, fairs, festivals and holiday events. Bryson’s show combines technical juggling skills with original comedy into a unique and unforgettable act. His audiences will see a likable, energetic personality performing captivating routines that mix audience participation, comedy, ball bouncing and spinning, fire-juggling, giant beach balls, improv, glo-in-the-dark objects, and always a few surprises.

Eddie Gardner (Magic)


Eddie Gardner has been a leading name in magic and entertainment in the greater Boston area for over 35 years, specializing in comedy magic, mentalism, balloon twisting and even magical Santa Claus visits! He offers impeccable entertainment customized to your group's needs, whether it's walk around magic, close up or stage performance. He has performed countless shows for audiences of all ages and sizes and has extensive experience providing professional entertainment for gatherings of all kinds. He is the former owner of Diamonds Magic Company for 17 years in Peabody, MA. Notably, he's been invited to perform on multiple occasions for the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins as well as receiving numerous awards and presidential citations. No audience is too small or too large. He will always make your function a memorable event- Guaranteed! 

Limin Mo (Storyteller)


Limin Mo is an award-winning writer and acclaimed artist and storyteller. Currently, Limin is creating performance art incorporating painting, singing and writing into video productions.

Limin was born in Shanghai and escaped in 1952 after the Communists took power. She eventually made her way to the U.S. in the 1960s. For four decades, she has lived and worked in Cambridge, MA where she raised three children.

She worked with Peter Schuman's Bread and Puppet Theatre and studied with Reality Theatre-Gurdinieze, Japanese Kyogen Players and Joan Halifax on Shamanism, Buddhism and the Sun Dance Teachings of the Native Americans.

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