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Greenville’s Drive-In 32 presents QWERTY: Typewriter and the Letter Arts Festival Vol.5

Written By Editor on 9/5/21 | 9/5/21

Greenville’s Drive-In 32 Outdoor Cinema will be hosting its fifth QWERTY Typewriter & the Letter Arts Festival from September 22 through 26, 2021 both at the drive-in and at the Greenville Public Library. 

QWERTY Vol. 5 will take a closer look at typography and its impact on culture through typewriter exhibits, workshops, films and a live performance by The Boston Typewriter Orchestra. All QWERTY events are open and free to the public. However, tickets are recommended and are available at


“Since the first QWERTY in 2016, it was clear that the typewriter is still inspiring creativity and fun for visitors of all ages,” said Leigh Van Swall. “Each festival has been such an eye-opening and exciting experience for people, it is a highlight each season.”


To kick off QWERTY, Van Swall, who owns Greenville’s Drive-In 32 with her husband, Dwight Grimm, will host My TYPE of Film, at the Greenville Public Library on Wednesday, September 22 at 7 p.m. Van Swall will explore the diversity and impact of typeface relating to film. Participants will also have a chance to type their own haiku to be added to the poetry wall at the drive-in.


Shifting to Saturday, September 25 at 4 p.m., the QWERTY Typewriter Festival will take place at Greenville’s Drive-In 32 with a “type-in” featuring the typewriter collection of Erik Molbach as well as a Typewriter Evolution Exhibit in the snack bar, postcard station, raffle, and a performance by The Boston Typewriter Orchestra. The evening will end with a screening of the 2002 Steven Spielberg film “Catch Me If You Can,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. The film is rated PG-13.


Finishing the festival on Sunday, September 26 is the return screening of “Helvetica”; the 2007 documentary about typography, graphic design and global visual culture.


Although the typewriter may seem like a reminiscent device of generations past, QWERTY has invigorated it for the generations of the future.


Olivia M., 12, of Greenville has attended each QWERTY festival and recommends it to everyone.

“I learned to use a typewriter and I love them all because of QWERTY,” said Olivia. “I got to teach my little sister how to use one before she started kindergarten last year and I recommend that all kids type on a typewriter, it is a fun hobby for anyone.”


QWERTY Vol. 5 is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the New York State Governor’s Office and the New York State Legislature and administered in Schoharie County by the Greene County Council on the Arts dba CREATE Council for Resources to Enrich the Arts, Technology and Education.


More information about the QWERTY festival

Information on the Boston Typewriter Orchestra can be found at 

Promotional photos can be found at


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