The festival will have both in-person and virtual events this summer.By Paul Martino

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – For the first time in over a year, there will be life in the Cultural District.

On Thursday the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced plans and headliners for the 2021 Three Rivers Arts Festival. It’ll be a hybrid format, with both a mix of in-person and virtual events.

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“This year’s Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival showcases the Cultural District. Our galleries’, theaters’ and venues’ doors will be open to you for the first time in more than a year, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Sarah Aziz, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s program manager of festivals.

The festival will have a smaller footprint this year. Everything will be in the Cultural District. There won’t be anything at Point State Park or Gateway Center with the main stage at the Byham Theater.

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Musical performances will be staged along Fort Duquesne Boulevard between Stanwix and Eighth. Vendors will display their art in four sites in the Cultural District.

Six acts will be featured on the main stage. Just 350 people can attend those concerts on a first-come, first-serve basis and they’ll have to fill out a health questionnaire on an app.

Tickets to main stage events will be available on May 20, and while they’re free, they’re required to attend. You can learn more by clicking here.

“This app includes a few simple steps and key survey questions that determine a guest’s health risk and the safety of them being exposed to others in the Cultural District,” said Kevin Wilkes, chief security officer.

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All of the concerts will be livestreamed and broadcast on WYEP-FM.