In many ways, Iowa City’s newest festival, Witching Hour, is a renaissance. After all, the festival celebrates the cultural exploration of the unknown in a time when many are turning away from the traditional American dream experience to lifestyles more sustainable and contributory.
In doing so, we are collectively seeking a more open cultural identity: one without discrimination of thought, with a search for understanding and a refocusing on the arts and culture which detail the lives we lead. We’re chipping away at it here in Des Moines, but with Iowa City’s strong cultural history, they’ve always been ahead of the curve.
Witching Hour collects artists and academics of all types into Iowa City’s downtown/campus area for two days of talks, performances, and demonstrations.
This year, the festival will be headlined by musicians/activists, Pussy Riot, engaging in a discussion with Chicago based critic, Jessica Hopper, followed by a screening of portions of Act and Punishment, a 2015 documentary about the band and its activist role.
Witching Hour truly has something for everyone (and probably everything for someone), so take a look over the lineup, if for no other reason than to get a view of the cultural renaissance beginning inside our state lines, to understand the opportunities for education and inspiration growing all around us.
In other words, get out there.
Witching Hour, presented by the Englert Theatre and Little Village Magazine, takes place in Iowa City November 4-5. Tickets start at $30 for a single-day pass, or $50 for both days. More information available from the Witching Hour website.