Lincoln Calling working to ‘evolve the festival into something more’

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — For the past decade, Lincoln residents have always been able to look forward to Lincoln Calling.

This year is no different, but there have been a few changes to the event.

This year, the festival has set out to expand beyond performances to highlight the fine arts and include people from all walks of life.

Assistant Director Spencer Munson said that in the event’s formative years, it was “DIY,” but the organization has developed.

“As a nonprofit, we’ve started thinking about representation,” Munson said. “We’ve really just tried to evolve the festival into something more.”

Outside of each performance venue, a sign says, “All are welcome.”

The motivation to be more diverse has transferred into performances as well.

Saturday’s Duffy’s Backlot 10:30 p.m. performance will see a special “Queer Nite” with headliners Coco Montrese and Roxxy Andrews of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Lincoln Calling’s website said it aims for equal representation of people of color and LGBTQ performers.

“So you’re gonna see that the idea of Lincoln Calling is we’re going to call in all these great musicians to help represent the communities that we have in Lincoln,” Munson said.

Lincoln Calling continues till Saturday.

For more information on shows, click here.

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