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- With Kidfort, even Boise’s youngest citizens get to be a big part of the TFM community.
In its first year, Treefort Music Fest kicked off with about 130 local and touring musical acts playing at venues across downtown Boise for four days. Had it simply maintained, it probably would have
"We think about the user experience," said TFM Executive Producer John Michael Schert, adding that by expanding its scope—adding new "forts"—Treefort has become a "five-day adventure," created by combining local talent with big names in music and other creative fields.
"We want to elevate the local scene but stay true to it ... [so] we pair what's happening locally with what's happening nationally," Schert said, like bringing in award-winning chef Hugh Acheson, who will prepare a special (sold-out) dinner as part of the popular
With a continuing influx of ideas and audiences, TFM has evolved into a "celebration of Boise," which now includes
Below, we've highlighted a mere fraction of what TFM 2017 has to offer—find more on the music on Page 17—but we would like you to know, in spite of how we feel about the phrase, the festival just might actually have something for everyone. Visit treefortmusicfest.com or download the app, and you'll see what we mean.
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- Get lit with local and nationally known luminaries at Storyfort.
This fort, now in its fourth year, is so packed with programming, it would take a book to list every event. Organizer and renowned local author Christian Winn said collaborating with other forts is a big part of this year's Storyfort.
"We have a lot of crossover," he said, with Yogafort and Hackfort, for example: There will be a discussion on the mythology of yoga and one about writing for video games. "We also have workshops, young adult readings, refugee stories, stories from bouncers, and we're bringing in some incredible talent," he added, with big names like slam poet G. Yamazawa. Storyfort will also explore the zeitgeist with a panel—joined by BW Staff Writer Harrison Berry—on "fake news" and the media landscape.
The first (and most important) thing to know about Filmfort is that all of its events—panel discussions, 10 feature films and a barrelful of shorts—will be showcased at The Owyhee. You could slip into a coma from an overdose of movies, but we suggest a few must-see highlights: Stronger Shines the Light Inside/Rita. Photographer Angie Smith, who chronicled Boise's refugee community in an acclaimed 2016 public art display will help present filmmaker Ron Torres' documentary Rita, starring a Congolese refugee now resettled in Idaho.
"Finding Your Cinematic Voice" is a discussion with a panel of filmmakers with Gem State ties, including two-time Oscar winner Terry Sanders, who share their inspirations.
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Comedyfortwill make you laugh until you cry with funny folks Caitlin Gill, Dulce Sloan and Will Weldon joining local laughmakers Emma Arnold, Lady Bizness, Kaz Gable and
Foodfort will feature a full schedule of sumptuous samples as well as discussions on everything from Boise's cider industry and
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Yogafort has events for mind, body and spirit, including a dance battle and yoga-themed paintings by local artist Meg Kahnle, while Kidfort provides entertainment and education for Boise's youngest citizens. Alefort will highlight the best Boise brewers have to offer and Strengthfort, the newest kid on the block, will have hands-on, old-timey strength challenges.