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“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, or contact Chloë Bass at For further information on ionSOUND, please contact Todd Leibowitz at


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.

Registration for SITE Fest 2010 is now closed. We thank all those who submitted their pieces for consideration in the hub spaces. Due to the overwhelming number of submissions, we were not able to accommodate everyone, but we tried as hard as we could. If your piece was not accepted, Arts in Bushwick strongly encourages you to mount it in a non-hub space. Please contact before Friday, February 12 to discuss options.

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