Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival brings together renowned Brooklyn institutions for three day celebration
The festival will focus on discovery of the district’s renowned arts institutions, featuring DJ sets by Talib Kweli, performances by Rhys Chatham, Asphalt Orchestra, and Mark Stewart’s Orchestra of Original Instruments, Soul Summit Dance Party, and other activities and performances from Brooklyn’s cultural organizations.
September 05, 2019
(BROOKLYN, NY) – The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership is pleased to announce that the 2019 Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival (DBAF) will take place Friday October 4th through Sunday October 6th. The festival showcases the artists and arts institutions that call the Brooklyn Cultural District their home. During the annual celebration, acclaimed local arts organizations will open their doors with exciting performances, classes, and tours, and offer a host of free outdoor programming at The Plaza at 300 Ashland.
The 2019 festival will kick off Friday evening with a performance by Soul Tigers Marching Band and dance party led by Soul Summit, spinning old-school house music. The festival will conclude on Sunday with an afternoon of DJ sets by Brooklyn’s own Talib Kweli and a pop-up of Nkiru Books, Brooklyn’s oldest African-American bookstore.
Saturday October 5th, is the DBAF Community Day – where people of all ages can enjoy activities and programming on the Plaza at 300 Ashland. Highlights include a partnership with Bang on a Can, with an instrument-building workshop led by renowned guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Mark Stewart (Paul Simon, Bang on a Can All-Stars) and an interactive performance of Mark Stewart’s Orchestra of Original Instruments in collaboration with the radical, parade spectacle street band Asphalt Orchestra; a performance of Rhys Chatham’s Le Possédé for bass flute in partnership with Issue Project Room, the opportunity to learn Mark Morris Dance Group repertoire with a Dance with MMDG dance class, and Pop-Up: An Artistic Treasure Hunt throughout Downtown Brooklyn presented by Strike Anywhere. Additional programming is forthcoming.
Across the weekend, arts organizations from the district will also open their doors to welcome visitors behind the scenes for talks, tours, and special performances. Local cultural organizations will have booths onsite throughout the festival to provide information on their programming and engage with festival goers.
CURRENT FESTIVAL PROGRAM
Detailed schedule to be forthcoming
Friday, October 4, 2019
5-8PM Kickoff with performance by Soul Tigers Marching Band and dance party with Soul Summit
Saturday, October 5, 2019
11AM-6PM DBAF Community Day with performances and activities from the Brooklyn Cultural District’s artists and institutions
Sunday, October 6, 2019
12-2PM Performances TBA
2-5PM Dance Party with Talib Kweli (DJ Set) and Nkiru Books Pop-Up
651 Arts, Bang on a Can, BAM, BRIC, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Music School, Center for Fiction, DanceWave, EPIC Players, Issue Project Room, Mark Morris Dance Group, MoCADA, Nikru Books, Strike Anywhere, Theater for a New Audience, and UrbanGlass with more to come.
The Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival is organized by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, with support from Two Trees Management Co. and Whole Foods Market. A complete schedule will be released in the lead up to the event. For more information, visit the website, http://www.dbartsfestival.org/.