The founder of the festival is philanthropist Ted Cutler who has had a lifelong dream to give a citywide arts festival to Boston. He retired from the profit business world and started working with non-profits in 1995. In 2007 he had an idea that was the beginnings of Outside The Box. Economic troubles in 2008 meant putting the project on hold but it was not forgotten. In 2011 work on the festival began again in earnest. Ted Cutler hopes that along with history and schools, art is what people will think of when they think of Boston. He wants the festival to make Boston to be a leader in the arts and supporting artists and, as he has said, he wants there to be dancing in the streets.
The dance programming spans the range of Nazar Interactive Bollywood, Prometheus Dance, Sayat Nova Dance Company, Boston Ballet School, Angkor Dance Troupe Inc., Paula Josa-Jones, and others.
Theater events will span the breadth of the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Science Fiction Theater Company, Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys, Vaquero Playground, and Touch Performance Art: GAGA: The Musical.
Family and interactive events include the Freedom Trail Foundation Scholars Program, the Museum of Fine Arts’ Artful Adventures, Knucklebones
Music is the most expansive category of events with big names like The Mighty Mighty BossTones to independent band, to the symphony.
Here are some of the great many music acts involved in the festival:
Mighty Mighty BossTones | Alejandro Escovedo | Adam Ezra
Art Decade | Augustana | Bearstronaut | The Blind Boys of Alabama
Dave Koz | The David Wax Museum | James Montgomery | Joe Robinson
Los Lobos | The Dunwells | The Lemonheads | Los Lonely Boys
Ricky Skaggs | Taj Mahal Trio | Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons
Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra | Tallahassee | The Brew
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The Fork Lift Food Festival is in conjunction with the Outside the Box Festival. The Fork Lift Food fest will be four days, July 18-21 11 a.m. to 9p.m. except on Sunday when it will run 11a.m. to 5p.m. There will be cooking demos, book signings, and sampling. The famous chefs gracing the festival will include Ming Tsai, Michael Schlow, Andy Husbands, Kevin Long, Gordon Hamersley, Jeremy Sewall, Jody Adams, Lydia Shire, RogerBerkowitz, Steve Difillippo, and Todd English.
Tasting tickets will be $1 dollar each.
Article by Kate McCrory