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Occupy Chicago Tue Mar 27 2012

Occupy Festival Postponed

The Occupy Festival, a music event originally planned for May 12-13 in the Near West Side's Union Park, is being postponed to address various concerns. Among these concerns was the matter of the ticket price and where the proceeds go to.

The ticket price is being reduced significantly, and all proceeds will be going to the Occupy movement. Originally, festival staff would be paid for their time, and 50 percent of proceeds would go to Occupy, but many in the movement felt this was an attempt to make money off of the Occupy brand.

"We are not trying to brand Occupy or profiteer, we are trying to
raise money for the movement and keep its momentum going in a good
direction with messages through music and art," said event organizer Graham Czach, a local musician and Occupier.

The event may also be moved indoors to various venues across Chicago, and could be renamed. Originally, the name was kept general in hopes of cashing in on the global attention Occupy Chicago is receiving leading up to the NATO conference.

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