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Blue Back Square to Host ‘What’s Up WeHa!’

Latanya Farrell on stage at Elizabeth Park. (we-ha.com file photo)

Performers are invited to register to perform in the free showcase for local artists planned for May 25, 2023.

By Ronni Newton

Blue Back Square and the West Hartford Arts Commission are teaming up to host the first-ever “What’s Up WeHa!” – and performers are invited to sign up for a slot to perform at the event, planned for Thursday, May 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Webster Walk courtyard at Blue Back Square.

The concert and showcase will be free and open to the public, and will be highlighted by a performance from local educator, singer/songwriter, and West Hartford Arts Commissioner Latanya Farrell – always a crowd favorite – who will appear on stage with her band from 7 to 8 p.m.

“The West Hartford Arts Commission seeks to enrich our community by discovering places and spaces for local artists to share and showcase their work, while fostering connections among residents, businesses and the arts,” Farrell said.

Participation in the event is open to performers who would like to appear on stage, and they are invited to register through this link for a five- to seven-minute time slot. There will also be an opportunity for artists of many types to showcase their work at tables during the event.

In addition, all local visual, theater, dance, literature, and musical artists are also invited to register through the “What’s Up WeHa!” survey where they can showcase their work and be included in a database established by the West Hartford Arts Commission to facilitate connections with local organizations who are looking to hire artists for their future events.

There is no fee for registration and/or participation in the event. Registration is open through May 10.

“We are so grateful to Blue Back Square for their partnership and providing this valuable opportunity to local artists,” said Farrell.

“We are excited to partner with the West Hartford Arts Commission on this event,” said Elizabeth Zigmont, spokesperson for Blue Back Square. “Art and community are at the heart of everything we do here at Blue Back Square and it is our hope that events like ‘What’s Up WeHa’ will help introduce local artists to the community in a fun, engaging way.”

Availability of space and performance times for the showcase are limited and registration closes May 10. Vendors and artists are not permitted to sell their work on site. Questions should be sent to [email protected].

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