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Bread and Roses Labor Day Festival

Labor Day Festival on the Common in Lawrence, MA, Sept. 5, 2011, 12-6 pm. Bread and Puppet Theater, Zili Misik, Ten Tumbao, Angkor Dance Troupe, Fado Singer Ana Vinagre. Great ethnic food, trolley tours, children's activities, and Lawrence History Live!, the tent for lively conversation on labor and the city in past and present.

Lawrence, MA, August 17, 2011 --( 27th Annual Bread & Roses Festival (Labor Day) – Rain or Shine

The Bread and Roses Heritage Committee is pleased to announce the 27th Annual Bread & Roses Festival to be held on Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2011 (12 noon to 6:00 pm) on the Campagnone Common, located at 200 Common Street in Downtown Lawrence.

Featured performers include: 1) Bread and Puppet, a political puppet theater company; 2) Zili Misik, an All-Female Band that brings African, Caribbean, and American rhythms; 3) Ten Tumbao, a funky and soulful Afro-Latin-Caribbean band that mixes spicy rhythms with vocal harmonies, captivating melodies, and a touch of jazz; 4) Angkor Dance Troupe, nationally recognized as one of the most accomplished and experienced of the U.S.-based Cambodian traditional arts ensembles, and many more.

The Festival celebrates Lawrence's labor history and ethnic diversity, and particularly the historic events of the “Bread and Roses” textile strike of 1912. It is a celebration on multiple stages with a variety of music, dance, poetry, and drama. A History and Labor Section features Lawrence History Live—a tent for lively conversations on labor and the city in past and present. Numerous information tables present a full range of cultural and social justice organizations.

Trolley tours and walking tours around the city highlight the historical sites. Great ethnic food. All events on or starting from the Campagnone Common in Downtown Lawrence.

Bread and Roses is the only festival in the region which celebrates the true spirit of Labor Day.

The Bread and Roses Festival is also the only broadly multicultural and inclusive festival in Lawrence.

The event is free and open to the public. It is a true family event that also includes entertainment for children such as pony rides, jugglers, and drumming. Come join Bread and Roses for Labor Day and learn more about Lawrence’s history, its people and struggles.

For more information, please call (978) 794-1655 or send email to Or visit our website:

Bread & Roses Heritage Committee, Lawrence, MA
Contact: Niurka Aybar (978) 738-7437
Jim Beauchesne (978) 794-1655

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