Conflux is a fantastic festival in NYC that explores how artists and audiences interact with the urban environments around them. I had the chance to interview some of the festival curators in the weeks before the festival, which definitely helped me get a better understanding of how a festival like this is organized and executed. It was a Thursday to Sunday affair, and even though I didn’t have enough vacation time to hit the first two days, my curiosity has been sufficiently piqued for Conflux fests in the future. The fact that the festival headquarters were stationed in Greenwich Village, a neighborhood I was mostly unfamiliar with, was also a plus.
I think all cities should have a festival or day like this, and it doesn’t even have to be on this scale. It allows artists to get a better understanding of their surroundings, to express that understanding in their work which in turns teaches an art-hungry audience (in the case of this year’s Conflux, anyone who passes through a neighborhood that is much less prominent as an artistic hub than it used to be) how to appreciate and enjoy their immediate urban surroundings. Inspirational and relaxing and all that good stuff.