About this project
Berkeley Spark is a pre-Burning Man arts and music festival in Downtown Berkeley - FREE and open to the public - with giant art sculptures, mutant vehicles, great live and DJ'ed music, dancing, and fun interactive workshops. Come see amazing Burning Man art and crazy art cars "mutant vehicles" before they head to the Nevada desert: Pongo Lounge's UNAVERZ car, "Arc of Reflection" from Amy Stabler (Burning Man, 2003), live painting from SF Freespace artist Michael Covington, and interactive painting with ArtIsMobilUs. Dance to live music and DJ beats along with ecstatic dance and silent disco, listen to local musician Laura Inserra and others! Spark your playa preparations with over twenty burn-friendly clothing vendors and accessory designers, lighting specialists and local artists & makers. Refuel during the festival with delicious local food vendors: Phil's Sliders, Raw Daddy Foods, Taco Oaxaco and Tamales Acapulco.
Inspired by Burning Man’s Ten Principles, Berkeley Spark is a place for radical self-expression, inclusivity, transformation and mutual respect. Costumes are encouraged!
The festival is being held at Berkeley Civic Center Park from 11am – 8pm on Saturday, August 10th next to the downtown Farmer’s Market (cross streets are MLK Jr. Way between Center and Allston). The park is two blocks from downtown Berkeley BART so take public transportation, skateboard or ride your bike.
Our event is free and open to the public and we are asking for your support to help pay for transportation and materials costs so that local artists, dancers, DJs and musicians, art car fabricators and designers and local theme camps can bring the magic and beauty of Burning Man right to the center of our vibrant community here in Berkeley.
Your support will help us feature the following artists at Berkeley Spark:
The mutant vehicle U.N.A.V.E.R.Z.
Local musician Laura Inserra from Samavesha
Create with Nature Zone by environmental artist Zach Pine
The mobile public art gallery ArtIsMobilUs:
Site-specific artist Amy Stabler and her sculpture "Arc of Reflection":
DJs from the Pongo Lounge (a local theme camp)
And the dance groups participating in the Green Grass Dance Space: Barefoot Boogie, Dance Journey, Ecstatic Dance Oakland, Soul Sanctuary Dance and Silent Storm Sound System and countless more DJs and musicians from the East Bay.
Risks and challenges
Berkeley Spark is an inaugural event - we have no clear idea of how many people will show up. The Downtown Berkeley Association is leveraging all its communication channels through its listserve, facebook and twitter accounts to publicize the event. Berkeleyside has donated ad space, as well. The Pongo Lounge is telling all their burner friends, but we can't guarantee that people will come enjoy our amazing festival.
That's where YOU come in - We need YOUR support with publicity too! Tell all your friends, co-workers, acquaintances, families, anyone who loves Burning Man to come out for the First ever Berkeley Spark!
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