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Berkeley, CA Public Art
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Berkeley Spark is a Burning Man-inspired festival of art, music, performance, dance, and workshops on Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Berkeley, CA Public Art
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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.

Beginning at 3pm, local beer from the Drakes Brewing Company and honey wine from The Mead Kitchen will be available.

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.

UNAVERZ Mutant Vehicle
UNAVERZ Mutant Vehicle

Local musician Laura Inserra from Samavesha

Create with Nature Zone by environmental artist Zach Pine

The mobile public art gallery ArtIsMobilUs:

ArtMobilUs
ArtMobilUs

Site-specific artist Amy Stabler and her sculpture "Arc of Reflection":

Live painting from [Free Spacestreet artist Michael Covington

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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Invite your friends to the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/593086757403337/
Like the facebook page and follow us on twitter to get updates on artists, music, art cars, etc:
https://www.facebook.com/BerkeleySpark
https://twitter.com/berkeleyspark

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    Every bit counts! Your support deserves a hearty shout out of our love and appreciation on the Berkeley Spark Facebook page and Twitter. Yay, social media!

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    Stepping it up! Get a limited edition Berkeley Spark poster for your very own! Designed by Logoman as a labor of love for this event, the poster evokes the vast beauty of the playa within the urban context of Berkeley. Get one now so you can have a physical token of the amazing memories you'll make at Berkeley Spark

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    Have seen the Downtown Berkeley ambassadors scooting around on the awesome bright green Segway and been madly jealous?? Well, now you too can get a chance to enjoy a Segway joy ride! Get a Free 15 minute ride on Downtown Berkeley Segway at the Berkeley Spark event. (plus Berkeley Spark poster and social media shout outs)

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    A special invitation (for you and one guest) on the UNAVERZ art car for one night at Burning Man. UNAVERZ is a musical performance space complete with microphones, amps and a powerful sound system brought alive with DJ/musician audio interaction. Dance the night away to amazing live musicians playing alongside our world renowned DJ’s that together create music that is both immediate and timeless! The UNAVERZ double-decker mutant vehicle represents the heavens and our celestial nature with giant rings above symbolizing our travel through time and space, and an earthly realm below where we live, breath, create and thrive. Ra, the Egyptian Sun God, covers our cab and ties the heavens and the earth together. See UNIVERZ in progress: http://unaverz.com/

    OR if you can't make it out to the playa, engage your senses with world-renowned theater at Berkeley Rep with one complimentary ticket (while supplies last)

    (This level of awesomeness also gets you the FREE Segway ride, the Berkeley Spark poster and social media shout outs)

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    A special invitation (for you and FIVE of your favorite burners) to dance the night away on the UNAVERZ art car for one night at Burning Man. See UNIVERZ in progress: http://unaverz.com/

    OR if you can't make it out to the playa, engage your senses with world-renowned theater at Berkeley Rep with TWO complimentary tickets (while supplies last)

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    Have a rockin' party (for you and NINE of your favorite burners) on the UNAVERZ art car for one night at Burning Man. See UNIVERZ in progress: http://unaverz.com/

    (This level of double awesomeness gets you the FREE Segway ride, the Berkeley Spark poster and social media shout outs, and our eternal gratitude)

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    Love dancing the night away on an amazing one-of-a-kind celestial mutant vehicle but can't go to Burning Man this year?? For our super-star supporters, the UNAVERZ art car will show up anywhere/anytime for YOUR private party in Bay Area! UNAVERZ provides the sound system and Djs AND you invite all your friends, neighbors, colleagues, etc. Impress your friends with a radical mutant vehicle that will make your party THE place to be! Also, the BEST Birthday Present Ever!

    This level of awesomeness also gets you the FREE Segway ride, the Berkeley Spark poster and significant coverage as a major kickstarter backer - We'll thank you on the official Downtown Berkeley enews, on facebook, twitter... EVERYONE will know that YOU helped make this amazing event possible!

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