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By Anna Buckley / July 13, 12:00 AM
Thinking Outside the Box

 

Ted Cutler, the visionary behind the free Outside the Box festival of Boston, has declared that there will be dancing in the streets.


“Seriously, I really want to find a way for people to be able to dance in the streets, to use the city in a way that they can’t during the rest of the year,” he said in a Q&A on the festival’s website.


This celebration of Boston’s performing arts culture is making a comeback after it premiered in 2013. The six day, 70+ act event is boasting some well-known stars like country singer Kacey Musgraves and Boston locals and alt-rockers Guster, as well as New Politics, Atlas Genius, and American Idol’s Alex Preston.


From July 14-19, Boston Common and City Hall will be swarming with thousands of attendees of the free, all-ages festival. A new feature this year is the incorporation of EarthFest into the mix, taking place at Boston Common on July 18. With performers, dancers, chefs, artists, and local bands abound, festival organizers say that they’re anticipating a similar crowd to the 650,000 attendees of 2013.


“Boston should be thought of as a leader in the arts, because of the wonderful institutions here,” Cutler said in his Q+A. “We have the significant history of supporting artists and the arts and we need a way to showcase that part of our city. Outside The Box will be that forum.”

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