Event: Saturday, September 26 from 7pm to 3pm
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) celebrates five years of Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC this week. Art All Night will be District-wide on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 7 PM to 3 AM. All events are free and open to the public, rain or shine. A full listing of programming is now available online at www.artallnightdc.com. The festival is larger than ever with 50+ venues, 250+ artists, and 20+ cultural partners and curators.
New to the festival this year are five major light installations – one in each of the featured neighborhoods – in honor of the festival’s 5th year anniversary.
- H Street – 722 H Street, NE: Presented with the Spanish Embassy the site-specific visual concert, “Aire” will be created and directed by Laia Cabrera (filmmaker and video artist) and Javier Moreno (composition, double bass) in collaboration with Isabelle Duverger (animation and projection mapping). The piece is an allegory of images traveling through time and space and scored by an original musical suite.
- Shaw – 1713 7th Street, NW: For “Shaw Shadows,” Jim Webb creates an interactive lighting project using robotic lights to display silhouettes of pedestrians in the grassy lot below, as if they were in a huge shadow theater.
- Dupont – Facade of Residence Inn: 2120 P Street, NW: Tim McLoraine will create “Sit Stand Lie, Bayonne,” a large-scale projection piece.
- North Capitol – Florida & Q St, NW: Multimedia designer Riki K will construct a 10′ by 10′ 3D structure with inner tubes lined with a mixture of single white LED strips. “The Cube” is a sculptural installation exploring how an individual’s perspectives fit into a box.
- Congress Heights – Gateway DC Pavilion, 2700 MLK Ave, SE: IIII & Ballou High School Marching Band, “Nomadic Performance,” Composed by Hisham Akira Bharoocha; Curated by Ken Farmer. Employing cadences inherent to drumline training exercises, the Nomadic Performance will convene the Ballou High School Marching Band to perform a roaming, site-specific composition by Hisham Bharoocha alongside his NYC percussion ensemble “IIII”. Accompanying the sonic is an immersive, light and projection-based visual environment that evolves with the composition.
The Carnegie Library K Street facade will come to life, with French artist Monsieur Arthur’s large-scale video projection featuring vivid live-painting and shadow puppetry. The light project is Art All Night’s largest to date. In addition to the projection, an aerial dance show “Storyville” will be presented just across the street at Techworld Plaza.
Of note in Dupont Circle, Hillyer Art Space will participate with an interactive sound and light installation, music, a pop-up jewelry shop, a DIY activity, plus three exhibitions.
Art All Night presents an eclectic evening of visual, music and performing artists. Based on a festival concept that began in Paris, Art All Night offers residents and visitors an exciting opportunity to engage with DC arts and artists, which aligns with Mayor Muriel Bowser’s vision to make the arts accessible to all residents in the District of Columbia. Programming includes a site-specific visual concert, live painting, performances by local musicians and poetry readings. Art All Night activates and enlivens five neighborhoods — Congress Heights, Dupont Circle, Shaw, North Capitol and H Street NE — with arts and cultural activities, contributing to the vibrancy of the city.
Art All Night will begin at 7:00 pm on Saturday, September 26th and will conclude at 3:00 am Sunday, September 27th. A full listing of programming is now available online at www.artallnightdc.com. Additional information can be found at www.dcarts.dc.gov.
The DC festival was founded in 2011 by Creative Director Ariana Austin and was presented in the Shaw neighborhood. Through the efforts of DCCAH, the festival now includes Dupont Circle, North Capitol, H Street NE, Congress Heights, in addition to Shaw. Each of the five neighborhoods will host their own unique mix of artistic programming for audiences to enjoy free of charge. The DC Main Streets program is funded by the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development.