Dumbo Arts Festival 2012 (Sept 28-30)

Water Street near Main Street, buzzing on Saturday Afternoon at the 2011 Dumbo Arts Festival

(Photo courtesy of dumboartsfestival.com)

The 16th Annual Dumbo Arts Festival will take place from September 28 – 30, 2012. Like the previous Dumbo Arts Fests, the event takes place in the entire neighborhood of Dumbo Brooklyn for three days, transforming its streets, parks, bridges, buildings, loading docks, galleries, and studios into canvasses, stages, exhibition spaces. There will be unexpected installations and interactive social experiments. The lineup for this year’s festival, which will showcase more than 500 artists, 100 studios, and 50 galleries and stages, will be announced in the coming weeks.

The festival organizers are expecting 225,000 visitors over the three days.

From the DAF12 press center:

  • First time this year, the festival will partner with the Children’s Museum of the Arts to expand its family programming, offering kids of all ages a variety of art projects, free-form activities, media workshops, and exhibits themed around the DUMBO Waterfront, including a carousel-making workshop inspired by the beloved local landmark Jane’s Carousel.
  • Returning for a second year as the Festival’s presenting sponsor, AT&T will once again sponsor a Signature Art Work, which will be announced in the coming weeks. Last year’s piece by artists Luke Skelton and Luke DuBois enabled anyone to text “love” messages, which were then projected across the historic Empire Stores building.

One of our favorite installations last year was Immersive Surfaces, which projected a video onto the Manhattan Bridge and in the Archway:

Festival hours are:

  • 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28
  • 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29
  • 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30.

All outdoor projections are open from 6 p.m. to midnight all three nights. For more information on the Dumbo Arts Festival, go to their website at dumboartsfestival.com.

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