Brite Winter 2015 - The Dainty Squid

Brite Winter 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I think it's safe to say that just about everyone in Cleveland is feeling a bit stir crazy this time of the year which is why Brite Winter couldn't be a more perfect event. Brite Winter is an annual outdoor, winter art and music festival that happens right in the heart of my new neighborhood. The festival, founded in 2010, is a free event that is made possible through donations, community grants and partnerships. This year's festival had more then 60 musical acts (including Maps & Atlases) on a total of eight different stages located around the neighborhood, some outside and some indoors. There were games including bowling, giant skee-ball, and an angry birds version of cornhole. Best of all, the streets were lined with food trucks! Mmmm, tacos! The festival is the perfect excuse to get outside, no matter the weather, eat, mingle with your neighbors, and drink - if that's your thing.
Not too long ago an event with this many people would have been completely overwhelming for me but I seriously had such a blast. Something clicked and all of sudden I'm standing there rooting on strangers while they bowl, and giggling at their "that's what she said" jokes. By the end of the night my cheeks hurt from smiling. It's impossible to be in a bad mood when surrounded by so many other happy people. It was amazing to watch my neighborhood come alive. There was no where else in the world I would have rather been.

Photographing this sort of thing isn't exactly my forte, and taking photos in a crowd is still a little nerve-wracking for me even though I'm well aware it's not actually a big deal but about halfway through my time there I was like "I haaaave to take pictures!" I'm proud to live in such an awesome place. One of my goals this year was to share more about why I love Cleveland so much on the blog, well here is a prime example. I love this place!

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9 thoughts

  1. Looks and sounds like lots of fun!

  2. Looks like a wonderful time!
    We have a similar festival where I live. Though ours is in summer - it's basically just a free music fest. Artists get together and play music on every single street corner, for free. There are scheduled performances at different places, but there is always music to find and listen to. It's amazing.

  3. My cousin performed at Brite Winter this year. She's a one woman a capella band and goes by the name, Uno Lady. Looks like a fun event! I totally have the same problem when it comes to taking pictures of people I don't know and crowds, I get so nervous. I want to push myself to do it more, but it's hard to break my introvert bad habits. As always, thanks for sharing!

  4. Looks like it was a great time. I love the positive attitude of embracing a winter climate. I too live in a winter spot and our community has also recently been pushing the idea of enjoying winter. It is about 7 or 8 months of our year so why be miserable? Great that you are taking more public photos! I used to feel weird bringing my camera out but now I'll take photos just about anywhere. Just think of all the people snapping away on their cell phones, not to mention all of the surveillance cameras we are on constantly. :)

  5. Oh gosh so awesome!

  6. That's trully a worthy neighborhood :) And that's a nice festival to warm up a little the winter

  7. That looks like so much fun! Cleveland rocks!

  8. This sounds (and looks) so cool!

  9. That such a good idea for an event, and even better that it's free!


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