Written by Megan Smith, BPO Event Manager
As the city slowly reopens and we are able to have a taste of apprehensive normalcy, it is nostalgic to look back at our organization’s previous summer programming as a comparison of how things were then versus how they are now. For this #ThrowbackThursday, the BPO is revisiting a time when our city could come together to celebrate the culture, architecture, artists, businesses, and vibrant music that is the heart of our tight-knit WNY community.
The East Side Festival was an event that engaged the BPO staff for an entire year. Originating from an aspirational grant proposal and taking off from there like wildfire, this one-day festival is an event our organization and city will never forget. Celebrating the 90th anniversary of the opening of the Buffalo Central Terminal, the festival brought together more than 5,000 people in a day of music, dancing, and food, representing the rich history and culture of Buffalo’s East Side, culminating in a performance by your BPO.
Looking back, this event allows a motivational glimpse at how the world used to be and what it will be again. Living in such uncertain times can be difficult, to say the least, and can also make one feel as though things will never be the same. Reminiscing events such as these not only bring back good feelings but also provide encouragement that our city and the world will be able to come together again.