MOHU is coming to the Capital Region
It is a nine day festival that covers four counties, and it is coming our way soon. YNN's Vince Gallagher has more.
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CAPITAL REGION -- Artists, musicians, and organizers gathered together to announce the return of MOHU Arts Festival.
"The focus and putting a spotlight on the fact that we have such deep, rich, vibrant arts and culture in the Capital Region. It's a great opportunity for all four counties to come together and share resources and show what we've got," said Mary Ellen Oloughlin, MOHU Organizer.
Those four counties are Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, and Saratoga. They will be hosting more than 100 venues and artists over nine days. Musicians, actors, visual performers, and more will be on the schedule. But, since there's many different venues at many different locations, it's really about our own culture.
"To let people know the importance of art to the region, both to its cultural vitality, and its economic vitality, and show the power of regional cooperation, and be a model for future cooperation," explained Robert Altman, WMHT President.
A three-piece drum performance is just a sample of the music to come.
"The drum is Nigerian in tradition, and it's all clay, and it's sculpted, slab and coil, and it's called a udo," said Brian Melick, MOHU Artistic Director.
In these tough economical times, it's a rough go in the arts, which is another reason why collaborating together for this festival will help to make everything stronger in the long run.
"As we grow in the region and become the Tech Valley we're imagining, we the culturals, have got to be a powerful leg of the stool, healthcare, education, and culture life," said Philip Morris, Proctors CEO, MOHU Organizer.
MOHU is a fairly new festival, and with performances to exhibitions, and gallery openings to lectures, the festival is already creating a lot of buzz.
"It really culminated officially with the first annual MOHU last October, this is the second annual, and it will only get better," said Oloughlin.
The MOHU Arts and Culture Festival will run October 4-15 throughout the Capital Region.