The festival was one of my most memorable nights during my time in Minneapolis so far.

By Sirinard Phetprasert, Greenheart Work and Travel participant

On the night of June 10, I finished my work at 10:00 p.m. and hopped on the green line metro to travel back home. I was surprised by the number of people on the train, at the station and in the nearby areas. As I stood on the crowded train, I began to wonder what was happening in Minneapolis that evening. Normally, it is such a nice and peaceful city, but on that night there was a surprising amount of people that flooded the streets. It was almost as crowded as rush hour on the metro in Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand. When I arrived home, I took out my phone, googled “June 10, Minneapolis” and discovered there was an arts festival, called Northern Sparks Festival, occurring at various stops along the green line metro.

There are three things I must tell you that made this festival so special to me. First, I love art. Second, my home is only a five-minute walk from a green line metro station. And third, the Northern Sparks Festival continues all night from June 10 to June 11 at 5:00 a.m.! At almost 1:00 a.m., my friend and I were ready to go outside and join this fascinating festival. We began walking down the street following a map we found on the festival’s website and checked out many spots along the way. We felt excited about what we had

At almost 1:00 a.m., my friend and I were ready to go outside and join this fascinating festival. We began walking down the street following a map we found on the festival’s website and checked out many spots along the way. We felt excited about what we had found as if we were on a treasure hunt. As we made our way through the stops, we discovered artwork, activities and street performances that we were able to stop and join. We first stumbled upon a game of giant Jenga, which was set up for anyone to walk by and take out a block. As we continued along, we found a stand where we were able to create our own Styrofoam print cards and even a man who generously took a picture of us with his Polaroid camera and gave it to us for free!

In Thailand, we don’t have festivals like this, so it was one of the interesting cultural differences for me. The festival was one of my most memorable nights during my time in Minneapolis so far, which is a city full of art and nature!

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