At first blush, the annual music festival celebrating emerging bands, Lincoln Calling, and the annual wellness festival, Streets Alive, don’t seem to have that much in common.

Both happen annually in September, and some musicians and dance troupes dot the Streets Alive festival route that offers free health resources from over 100 exhibitors.

But, this year, some of the Lincoln Calling musicians will appear along the Streets Alive festival route to encourage visitors to move throughout the nearly two miles of traffic-free streets.

“I saw Lincoln Calling less as a singular musical event and more as creative wellspring that could engage, entertain and inform the community on multiple levels," said Spencer Munson, Lincoln Calling's event director. "I saw a collaboration between Lincoln Calling and Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln’s Streets Alive as a further opportunity to use music and art to engage people in healthy, active living.”

Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln with their Streets Alive event is just one of the community partners that has answered the call of Lincoln Calling.

Munson envisioned a broader concept that embraced not only music, but art, innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement, fitness, and health.

“We’ve always interspersed music, dance, art and join-in fitness opportunities to encourage people to get outdoors and walk, bike, skate, or dance the route plus take advantage of all the free health resources and education that exhibitors offer.” said Dr. Bob Rauner, president of Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln. “But collaborating with Lincoln Calling and hosting some of their musicians and artists, brings additional excitement and opportunities to reach people with healthy living resources and messages.”

Streets Alive! is set for Sunday, Sept. 23 in the Belmont neighborhood, the next day after Lincoln Calling, a weeklong celebration scheduled from Sept. 17 through Sept. 22 in downtown Lincoln. Lincoln Calling will offer close to 100 local and national emerging musicians and bands during the evenings in a venue that also showcases local artists of all kinds.

In the early evenings, Lincoln Calling will convene local and national experts, innovators, and luminaries at the Graduate Hotel in Haymarket to host free public panel discussions on wellness in the workplace, women’s wellness, and creative arts entrepreneurship. Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln president, Rauner will be part of the workplace wellness panel.

At lunch hours during the Lincoln Calling celebration days, special guests and musicians will appear at locations around downtown that promote fitness, including providing music for yoga classes at Lotus House of Yoga, outdoor classes at the Lincoln Community Foundation Gardens and exercise classes at the Downtown YMCA and Fly Fitness.

“The variety of topics chosen are of particular appeal to Lincoln’s young adults, especially young professionals, and the Lincoln’s start-up community.” Munson said, “Integrating them into Lincoln Calling was an intentional and logical way to start conversations around issues that interest and concern them now and in the future as they contemplate entering the workforce, starting families, and becoming more engaged in their communities.”


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