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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“Bushwick SITE Festival”: March 6 & 7, 2010 1pm– 9pm
“ionSOUND”: March 6, 7:30pm – 1am & March 7, 3pm – 1am

Arts in Bushwick Presents a Multi-Venue Celebration of Live Art!

Brooklyn, NY, February 12, 2010 — Arts in Bushwick is pleased to announce SITE Fest, a two-day interdisciplinary event highlighting the diversity of performance in Bushwick. Now in its second year, SITE arose in response to the amazing outpouring of live art that Arts in Bushwick receives every year for BETA Spaces and Open Studios. Encompassing and blending a variety of forms including theater, dance, and music, SITE investigates our neighborhood as an unfolding collaborative performance enacted in urban space.

SITE Fest focuses around three hub venues: Chez Bushwick, Grace Exhibition Space, and 3rd Ward. All three represent major forces in the Bushwick art scene; additionally, each offers its own clear curatorial presence and voice. The hubs will be divided by genre: Chez Bushwick will feature primarily dance; Grace Exhibition Space primarily duration- and media-based pieces; and 3rd Ward primarily theater and short-form performance art.

In addition to the hub shows, performances will take place in a variety of alternative spaces: apartments, studios, street corners, and within galleries, including Norte Maar, English Kills, Centotto, and Famous Accountants. The diversity of locations allows the audience to interact with the wide range of landscape/stage in Bushwick, exploring each element for its creative use.

Special events include “You Can’t Do That On Television,” a performance video show at Brooklyn Fireproof, Jill Sigman/thinkdance’s “Nat. Mur: 5 Rites,” a Saturday night circus dance party at The House Of Yes, and Rachel Frank’s “Sleep of Reason” at the Bushwick Starr. SITE Fest will open with a party at Bushwick’s Beauty Bar on Friday, March 5 (9pm – 4am), and conclude with an after-party at Page Not Found on Sunday, March 7 (7pm – 12am).

In conjunction with SITE Fest, Arts in Bushwick will present ionSOUND: a two day music festival at Goodbye Blue Monday, one of Bushwick’s hotspots for live music. ionSOUND will take place on March 6 & 7 as well, with performances from 7:30pm – 1am on the 6th, and 3pm – 1am on the 7th.

Programs for SITE Fest containing a map and a complete listing of exhibits and events will be distributed the week of the event. Admission (suggested donation) is $5 per hub show; $10 for a day pass; or $15 for a weekend pass. Passes can be purchased at hub spaces during the event itself. Price information for performances taking place outside of hub spaces will be listed on the SITE Fest program.

SITE Fest is a proud partner and featured Brooklyn event of Armory Arts Week.

For further information on SITE Fest, please visit artsinbushwick.wordpress.com, or contact Chloë Bass at performance@artsinbushwick.org. For further information on ionSOUND, please contact Todd Leibowitz at music@artsinbushwick.org.

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Arts in Bushwick is an all-volunteer organization. From the producers who put together our festivals to the people who help us post fliers to make sure the community knows about our events, we are all lending our time.

We don’t require that the artists who participate in the festival donate a certain number of hours in order to show their work. For SITE Fest, we don’t even collect a registration fee. We provide performance hubs, printed maps and programs, and internal support thanks to the generous support of local art spaces, community organizations, businesses, and individuals. (Stay tuned for a SITE Fest Thanks page, coming soon!)

But we also need you.

Arts in Bushwick consistently requires new voices to add to our organizing pool. Whether your have two hours or two days to give us, there’s something you can add. Are you a photographer? Take pictures during SITE and add to our Flickr pool. Out on your bike a lot? Help put up a few event fliers. Looking to add to your portfolio? Give us a hand with web or graphic design.

Check out our new page, SITE Fest Needs, for volunteer opportunities. Don’t see something that strikes your fancy? Let us know what might work better for you by emailing our volunteer coordinator, Blake Morris. We’re always looking for new ideas for support.

SITE also hosts open meetings every Tuesday from 7 – 8 PM. Come say hi, meet other participating artists and community members, say hello to the organizing team, share your thoughts and ideas. Let us know what you can add. We’re really looking forward to meeting you.

SITE Fest 2010: March 6 + 7, 2010
Presented by Arts in Bushwick

SITE Fest is a two-day, multi-location interdisciplinary event, highlighting the diversity of performance in Bushwick. Encompassing theater, dance, music, and other forms of performance/live art, SITE seeks to expand the interaction between spectators and spectacle as both artists and visitors move through spaces, events, media, and styles.

SITE centers around three hub spaces: Chez Bushwick, our hub space for dance and movement based performance; Grace Exhibition Space, our hub space for performance art and duration-based performance; and 3rd Ward, our hub space for theater-based performance.

Performances will also take place in alternate locations including galleries, homes, studios, streets, and gardens. You can register to perform in your own space (as long as it’s in Bushwick), or you can register to perform in one of our hub spaces, where you will get space to perform, basic tech, and the support of a space manager and tech manager.

All registered performances are promoted through a profile on our website, and receive a listing in our printed map and program. You don’t have to live or work in Bushwick to participate, all performers and groups are welcome.

Finally, if you are a musician who’s interested in performing as part of SITE, please contact music@artsinbushwick.org to register for ionSOUND, our corresponding music festival. ionSOUND will take place on March 6 + 7 at Goodbye Blue Monday.

Registration is open until February 5, so act fast!

For more information on Festival registration, or to ask any questions about what kind of performances are appropriate to each hub space, please contact us at performance@artsinbushwick.org

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