Cassie's Ballad at ELEVATE Festival

Cassie's Ballad at ELEVATE Festival

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West Atlanta Watershed Alliance

1442 Richland Road Southwest

Atlanta, GA 30310

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Cassie's Ballad is an immersive ritual and historical fable set amid the Atlanta Child Murders and offered as a healing theatrical hike.

About this event

Cassie’s Ballad follows the story of Brandon, a young Black teen living in Atlanta during the early 1980s. His friend Cassie has lost her voice after a child they know has gone missing. With the guidance of an Ancestor, Brandon guides attendees on a literal search for the missing child and a figurative search for Cassie’s voice. From the “Graveyard of Innocence” to Cassie’s Bottle Tree, the journey leads to a sad but healing discovery.

Cassie's Ballad is a restorative communal ritual and theatrical experience. Set entirely outdoors within the urban forest of the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, you will become immersed with the characters and a small group of fellow attendees, and a forest. Hiking shoes or closed-toe walking shoes are highly recommended as this is an outdoor hike.


Where will Cassie's Ballad take place?

Cassie's Ballad takes place entirely outdoors at the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance.

What ages are welcome at Cassie's Ballad?

We recommend this experience for pre-teens and up, but all ages are welcome.

How much does it cost to attend Cassie's Ballad?

The experience is FREE for all attendees thanks to support from the ELEVATE ATLANTA public art festival, hosted by the City of Atlanta.

What should I wear?

You will be hiking along in an outdoor trailed area during this experience. We recommend wearing hiking shoes, if you have them, or comfortable closed-toe walking shoes. We also recommend layered outdoor clothing.

How long is the hike?

This experience will last around 45 minutes and follow a trail that is approximately 1.5 miles long (round-trip). Portions of the trail are steep and narrow. Seating is limited and only available at the designated stops along the trail. Please wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes. A water bottle is also recommended.

Where can I park?

Parking will be available at the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, either in their parking lot or on the street.

What is the rain-plan if the weather is too bad to be outdoors?

If the weather is too bad to be outdoors, Cassie's Ballad will take place inside the Activity Center building as a modified "campfire storytelling" experience.