By Kristina Dixon
SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The People’s Lot, a long-vacant parcel of land at the intersection of Vermont and Manchester avenues, was packed to capacity at the seventh annual South L.A. Power Fest Aug. 25. An estimated 2,000 people were in attendance to celebrate a day of family fun, culture, activism and entertainment.
The outdoor music and arts festival was sponsored by Community Coalition in partnership with the Marguerite Casey Foundation, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Art Works, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and First 5 LA.
The festival had an variety of activities for people of all ages. There was a food truck garden, carnival rides and face painting in the kid and family zone.
The health and wellness tent provided free yoga by Tree South L.A. Yoga, pilates with Sabria, and a dance workshop led by Contra Tiempo.
The empowerment tent hosted live poetry by Get Lit Poets, interactive art by Barrio Mobile and a “We the People” skit. It also included Community Coalition’s People’s First Platform, a community vision to build a prosperous community for black and brown families in South L.A.
The goal of the festival was to bring together South L.A. families and community members to reclaim the People’s Lot.
There were two stages, the Bananas Stage and the Main Stage. The musical and dance performances ranged from hip-hop to Afro-beats to Latin rock.
Standout acts included Tommy the Clown and the T-Squad, Lex Lu, Quetzal and Rapsody.
The music was loud, the energy was positive and the children danced and rode the 35-foot Ferris wheel until the final act.