With a focus on celebration of community and the spirit of Southeast DC, this year’s Art All Night program at Congress Heights will gather DC’s diverse residents around a night of food, music, and art. The aim is to celebrate DC, the Congress Heights community and the spirit of togetherness through a multi-faceted program: live music, visual and culinary art, rooftop fashion show, youth zone, dynamic light projections on buildings, multiple street performances, creative vendors, great food, a healing arts center, exciting art exhibitions and more!
Art All Night DC 2015 in Congress Heights is produced and curated by Tendani Mpulubusi El, Nafisa Isa and Ayesha Chug in partnership with Congress Heights Main Streets, the Ward 8 Arts & Culture Council (W8ACC), Funk Parade, Ayes Cold Productions, D.C. Music Download.
In conjunction, Humanities DC presents HATFEST (Humanities, Arts and Technology Festival) at St. Elizabeth’s East. Featuring: exciting film screenings, lectures, musical performances, a silent disco, and the organization’s signature think-and-drink experience, Humanitini. HATFEST programming will be held at the R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center. Join us for a non-stop celebration of music, dance, and ideas!
INFO HUB: Front Lawn at The Main Stage 7:00 PM-3:00 AM (Gateway DC Pavilion 2700 MLK Ave SE): 7:00 PMNomadic Performance 1, 7:30 PM MC Mana (global hip-hop), 8:00 PM Nomadic Performance 2, 8:30 PM Funk Brass Band (brass, funk and pop), 10:30 PM Nistha Raj (Hindustani violinist and musical innovator), 11:00 PMBlackAlley, (high energy “Hood Rock”), 12:00 AM The JoGo Project (go-go, funk, R&B and jazz), 1:00 AM Footwerk (hip-hop, soul, go-go), 1:30 AM Kokayi (Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist), 2:00 AM Nappy Riddem (reggae), 2:30 AM DJ Ayes Cold.
FEATURED INSTALLATION: NOMADIC PERFORMANCE, Gateway DC Pavilion Main Stage 2700 MLK Ave SE):Composed by Hisham Akira Bharoocha; Curated by Ken Farmer Employing cadences inherent to drumline training exercises, the Nomadic Performance will convene the Ballou High School Marching Band to perform a roaming, site-specific composition by Hisham Bharoocha alongside his NYC percussion ensemble “IIII”. Accompanying the sonic is an immersive, light and projection-based visual environment that evolves with the composition. The performance goes far beyond the traditional voyeuristic audience and stage relationship to create a fully visceral and innovative audio-visual collaboration.
The Lawn Lounge 2700 MLK Ave SE: Come lounge on the Gateway DC lawn and experience live painting, various acoustic performances, giant board games and interactive exhibitions. 7:00 PM – 3:00 AM interactive exhibition. I Have Seen the Past. I Can Predict the Future. William McKenna, video projection exploring American Exceptionalism.8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Nubian Spin (Lighted hula hoop performances), 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM BackPack Gallery traveling sculptural project Heloisa Escudero.
Glass Room: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM Rip the Runway behind the Scenes, 11:00 PM-12:00 AM Healthy Cooking with Chef Brazil and Spyce Chef Co.
Rooftop: 9:00 PM – 10:30 PM Rip the Runway Fashion Show – Experience an elegant urban fashion show, curated by Shutter DC, Vintage and Charmed, and Tendani Studio.
HATFEST R.I.S.E Demonstration Center: 2700 MLK Ave SE – 7:30PM American Islamic Heritage Museum + KaNikki Jakarta (poetry slam) Humanitini (evening of philosophy) Global Kids: audio-visual presentation. Double Nickels Oral History Project: Come and discuss your experiences growing up in the city! 9:00PM Strayhorn Jazz (conversation, performance, and party). DC Murals: presentation on public art in Wards 7 and 8 Film and Slideshow Discussion: Afro-Latino culture in Honduras. AIHM (henna painting, geometric drawing demonstration, writers’ workshop). 10:00PM Gambian Film: The House Maid 11:00 PM Anacostia Past, Present, and Future: dialogue exploring recent changes in communities East of River. 12:00 AM Made in the DMV (conversation, demonstration, and party). 1:00AM Silent Disco powered by Silent Storm DC Digital Museum film screenings.
THE YOUTH ZONE Friendship SE School Parking Lot: 2727 MLK Ave SE – 7:00 PM-11:00 PM The program includes an onstage talent showcase, moon bounce, short film screenings created by youth at DPR summer camps and games, rock climbing, children’s bike course, face painting! Live Painting 2700 – 2900 BLK OF MLK Ave SE:Painters and graffiti artists will be live painting 8 ft. movable murals!
GEORGENA’S Sip and Paint Comedy Showcase: 2737 MLK Ave SE – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Sip and Paint 10:00 PM-11:00 PM Comedy Showcase.
PEPCO BUILDING: 2759 MLK Ave SE – Luis Peralta curates a pop-up exhibition featuring local artists. Tendani Studio presents an installation that explores ancient artifacts and architecture. This exhibit invites attendees to put on clothing inspired by ancient Kemet, sit on the throne, and take pictures that print on the spot. 7:00 PM-12:00 AMLuis Peralta Gallery, 8:00 PM – 1:00 AM Ancient Kemet on the Southside.
UNITED PLANNING ORGANIZATION: 2907 MLK Ave SE Healing Arts Center 7:00 PM-9:00 PM Pop Up Yoga, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Intro to Chakra Meditation, 8:30 PM-9:30 PM Chakra Meditation Session, 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM Art of Peace Graphic Vigil, 12:00 AM Midnight Meditation.
MELLON MARKET: 2921 MLK Ave SE – Rock the block with a dope 90’s Hip Hop music and dance set. 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM DJ Gemini of 93.9 WKYS, 10:00 PM – 12:00 AM Will Rap 4 Food.