The good news?
The Mall gets treated better and the move to the downtown Convention Center should improve the logistics of the popular festival, held annually since 2001.
I was initially disappointed at this news, but in terms of mass transit this is much better, there will be more seats and less weather worries. The Marriot Marquis opens this spring, adding 1,200 rooms next door and providing an underground walkway.
The new date, August 30th, is interesting. The festival was usually held in mid-September, which did not conflict with Labor Day weekend plans.
Another change is a return to one day. The event will, however, extend their hours to 10 pm.
New features includes an International Pavilion, and a "Great Books to Great Movies” pavilion that will offer an evening panel discussion with experts and film-industry figures, followed by a screening of a classic movie that was made from a classic book.
As reported by Ron Charles of The Washington Post,
And there’s very good news for foodies: “We’re hoping to explore a venue for cookbook authors involving actual cooking demonstrations,” Gavin said. “We couldn’t do that on the Mall.” Additional “genre pavilions” are also being considered.
So goodbye Mall, hello convention center. Of course they could hold it in Hades and I’d still be there...