The annual event, on July 12-13 this year, includes a performance of Barrett Black's urban opera (at the nearby Kelly-Strayhorn Theater) and a concert by the Bach Choir (in East Liberty Presbyterian Church, right next to the festival). The photography exhibition A Broken Landscape, depicting the effects of HIV on South Africa, will be brought from the neighborhood's Kingsley Center to on-site tents.
Meyers expects 5,000 people again this year for games, crafts, food, and musical and dance performances that change hourly. As always, the legwork for E-Fest was done by local high school students -- including fund-raising.
"I've never done a presentation before a bank or a corporation," says William Brown, 17, of East Liberty, who graduated this year from Westinghouse High School. "It's been different. I think it'll help me out in the long run. I'm going to be a medical researcher. I know in that field you have to give presentations for funding."
"There's a nice mix" of people attending E-Fest, Meyers says. "It's primarily East End neighborhoods but it's not just East Liberty."