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Occupy Fest shifts date, details

  • Occupy Chicago supporter Ryan Metz (tan jacket) chants during the Occupy Chicago No G8 Victory Party at Daley Plaza in Chicago, Monday, March 5, 2012.
Occupy Chicago supporter Ryan Metz (tan jacket) chants during the Occupy… (Tribune File photo )
March 27, 2012|By Mick Swasko, RedEye

An event promoted as the "Occupy Festival" has been postponed as several details of the event are reworked, organizers announced Tuesday.

Organizers said in a press release that "sharp criticism" forced changes to the music fest, such as reducing ticket prices from the originally planned $55 for a two-day pass, changing the festival's name and possibly swapping the Union Park venue for an indoor one.

"We are not trying to brand Occupy or profiteer," said Graham Czach, one of the organizers of the fest. He added that 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Occupy movement, instead of an originally planned 50 percent profit-sharing model that was originally planned.

Moving the fest indoors is an attempt to "significantly" reduce ticket prices, but the release stated a donation-based entry fee may not cover all expenses for the event.

"An event of this size and production takes an enormous amount money to pull off," the release states.

The release did not provide details on a rescheduled date for the fest, which was originally planned for May 12 and 13.

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