Monday, March 1st, 2010

Bushwick SITE Fest set for March 6 and 7

Jill Sigman, who is also performing at SITE Festival this year, in a piece from 2009

Jill Sigman, who is also performing at SITE Festival this year, in a piece from 2009

Arts in Bushwick celebrates the diversity of live art with SITE Fest: a rollicking two-day, multi-venue interdisciplinary art festival on Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7.  Now in its second year, SITE investigates the Brooklyn neighborhood’s amazing variety of theater, dance, music and performance art enacted in an urban setting.

SITE Fest will take place at three main venues, each focusing on a different genre with a clear curatorial voice.  Chez Bushwick (304 Boerum Street) will feature dance; Grace Exhibition Space (840 Broadway) will showcase duration and media-based pieces and 3rd Ward (195 Morgan Avenue) will highlight theater and short-form performance art.

Additional performances will take place in a variety of alternative spaces: apartments, studios, street corners and neighborhood galleries.  Expect innovative street performers, circus dance parties and costumes at every corner.  SITE Fest will open with a party at Bushwick’s Beauty Bar (921 Broadway) on Friday, March 5, starting at 9pm and conclude with an after-party at Page Not Found (76 Jefferson Street) on Sunday, March 7 starting at 7pm.

In conjunction with SITE Fest, Arts in Brooklyn presents ionSOUND, a two-day music festival at Goodbye Blue Monday (1087 Broadway) on Saturday and Sunday night, with performances starting at 7:30pm and 3 pm, respectively.

The festival was created to in response to the overwhelming number of performance or collaborative-based proposals that Arts in Bushwick receives each year for its BETA Spaces and Open Studios program.  It also highlights the galleries, businesses and culture of this unique and much-loved Brooklyn neighborhood.

Arts in Bushwick also sponsors Bushwick Open Studios, which takes place the first weekend in June and involves dozens of artists.