Series of festivals to shine light on neighborhood electricity use

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GreenSpaces will host a series of festivals in late April to bring attention to how certain neighborhoods use electricity. 

The series-which will involve family activities and interactive art pieces-is split into three festivals that will take place in the East Chattanooga, Highland Park and East Lake areas.

Those areas have higher average electricity bills than other Chattanooga neighborhoods, according to GreenSpaces. 

Each festival will highlight different activities to show the ways residents use light and bring attention to how to conserve it.

“Most people think of energy as light,” GreenSpaces Director of Development Dawn Hjelseth said. “We want to show people the simple things they can do to lower their electricity bill through light.”

Each festival features different events, but all will showcase “The Pool,” which is an interactive light art installation that uses 40,000 LED lights to create a transportable dance floor.

These festivals, along with raising awareness about cutting back on electricity bills, are also meant to help tighten the Chattanooga community.

“It’s really all about building community and getting people to come to a neighborhood that they haven’t been to before,” Hjelseth said. “We’re looking to showcase all the great things happening in those neighborhoods.”

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East Chatt Highlight Festival
GreenSpaces, in partnership with Glass House Collective, will be hosting the East Chatt Highlight Festival later this month. 

That festival kicks April 21 off with Lyrical Lights, a hip-hop and spoken word event that utilizes “The Pool” to pair light with poetry.

On April 22, the festival will start with Gospel on Glass with Marcellus Barnes and Unity Performing Arts Foundation at 3 p.m. This will be followed by a live performance by DJ Alvi at 7:30 p.m.

The festival will end April 23 with a family picnic accompanied by bounce houses, games and vendors.

East Chatt Highlight will be at 1901 Roanoke Ave.

Highland Park Festival of Light
April 25 marks the beginning of the Highland Park Festival of Light, located at Highland Park Commons, which will feature an art showcase accompanied by music, soccer games, dancing and vendors.

April 26 will be an open play day with music from around the world mixed by DJ Flux308.

Book Fiesta Weekend
The final festival, Book Fiesta Weekend, will be held at East Lake Park.

The event will begin April 28 with an open play day, as well as evening performances by Expression Engine and Seaux Chill from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Family activities, music, literacy activities and games will take place April 29. The day will end with another DJ performance. Book Fiesta Weekend will end April 30 with open play and music.

Alina Hunter-Grah is a contributing writer. She is also currently attending UTC, where she is the news editor for the school newspaper, The University Echo.