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Like all good things, the Dumbo Arts Festival has come to an end. In a Facebook post yesterday, organizers announced that after 18 years, the festival would no longer continue this September. Why? Because we liked it too much.
"As the festival grew and grew–more than 220,000 visitors flooded the neighborhood for the festival weekend last year, it became clear that we could no longer mount the festival ourselves without commercializing it in a way that didn't feel right," the fourth paragraph begins. "We were getting too far from the original mission of the festival. As a result, in consultation with the organizing team, we have elected to end the festival and refocus on how best to allocate resources to support an active, year-round DUMBO arts community."
Translation: Corporations find out about cool arty event, make it less cool. Welcome to Brooklyn!
· DUMBO Arts Festival Canceled After 18-Year Run [DNAinfo]