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Bread and Roses Heritage Festival

Bread & Roses 2014!

WHERE: Lawrence, MA, on the Campagnone Common, 200 Common St

WHEN: Labor Day, September 1, 2014, 12 – 6 p.m. 

Contact:   Joshua Alba, Producer     Email:   [email protected] 

Festival Phone:  978-794-1655, www.breadandrosesheritage.orgFind us on Facebook under   "Bread & Roses Heritage Festival"

The 30th annual Bread and Roses Heritage Festival is a celebration of  the ethnic diversity and labor history of Lawrence, Massachusetts. It takes place in honor of the most significant event in Lawrence history: the 1912  Bread and Roses Strike.  


The Festival offers a variety of music and dance performances, poetry and drama, ethnic food, walking and trolley tours, and a section for history and labor organizations.  A newly introduced workshop series is kicking off in partnership with Qniversity, the Merrimack Valley Time Exchange, and the Center for Popular Economics.  Returning for the 8th time is Lawrence History Live, our speakers' tent with presentations on history and current labor and social justice issues.

We also host organizations representing the community and advocating for social justice.  Lots of children's activities in collaboration with the Lawrence High School's Humanitarian Club: pony rides, jugglers, hula hooping, face painting, an obstacle course, bubble blowing, and more.


Bread and Roses is the only broadly multicultural festival in Lawrence, the Immigrant City.  And it is the only festival in the East which celebrates Labor Day, in the most appropriate location, the site of the Bread and Roses Strike.


The festival is a one-day, free, 'open air' celebration for the whole family.  Join us on September 1, 12-6 p.m.!


Our Performers


  • Bread and Puppet Theater, famed activist theater for young and old
  • Hot Like Fire, award-winning, high energy, authentic Reggae from Boston
  • Rebel Diaz, a globe-trotting activist Hip-Hop group from the South Bronx 
  • Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band, internationally-recognized, with passion and contagious energy
  • Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band, Somerville's activist street band
  • Sweet Willie D, a local favorite playing true America blues and soul
  • Branco and Friends   -   Jazz
  • SupNater & Steve Cool, a young Hip-Hop duo from Lawrence
  • Banda Joven, a local band playing Merengue Tipico from the Dominican Republic
  • Wilda Mendez, Latin Rock, singer/songwriter, with Dominican-Caribbean roots
  • Veronica Robles Cultural Center presents dancing traditions and costumes from Latin America
  • O'Shea-Chaplin Academy of Irish Dance—sharing their love for Irish dance and heritage
  • Voci Angelica, with riveting arrangements of songs from every continent