Bellevue Beat | Bellevue Strawberry Festival and Bellevue Festival of the Arts not part of 2019 summer festivities
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BFA organizers were excited to explore other options with hopes to create a smaller show in the same space or nearby, but unfortunately none of these options panned out. Without a solid space to move into at this point, event organizers could not in good conscience try to move forward with the annual arts event this year.
Each year the Bellevue Festival of Arts, Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair, and Bellevue 6th Street Fair together anchor the Bellevue Arts Festival that takes place the last full weekend in July in downtown Bellevue. This year would mark the 35th anniversary of the Bellevue Festival of the Arts.
For over three decades, BFA featured nearly 200 of the most talented and popular artisans and craftspeople from the Northwest and beyond in one of the Eastside's most exciting annual cultural events, showcasing gorgeous jewelry, photography, textiles, glass, fine art, woodwork, pottery, sculpture, and more.
Bellevue Strawberry Festival
Earlier this year, organizer of the annual Bellevue Strawberry Festival announced it will not produce the Strawberry Festival in 2019. The festival has been an unqualified success over the years and in many ways has become a victim of that success. As the festival became bigger and more popular, requirements mounted for Eastside Heritage Center--organizer of the festival--to professionalize the production to ensure quality, safety and an overall great festival experience. These requirements began to get way out in front of EHC's capacities as a relatively small non-profit community heritage organization.
The Bellevue Strawberry Festival has a great deal of community and brand equity and that it may be possible to restart it in the future, as the same great festival but with a far smaller role for the Eastside Heritage Center.
Published: May 20,2019