Washington, DC’s best summer arts festival, Artomatic, is back and celebrating its tenth anniversary in style. Located next to Nationals Park at 55 M Street, SE on the Capitol Riverfront, the free festival kicks off today, May 29th, and CultureMob DC has a sneak peek at this year’s line-up.
Sporting nine-stories worth of exhibits from fifteen hundred DC-area artists, everything from painting, sculpture, dance, drama, tattooing, performance art and DJing will be on display. On top of that, they’ll be live bands, film screenings and a slew of vendors â€“ including Flying Dog Brewery, Barefoot Wines and Bubbly, Red Bull, Honest Tea, On the Fly, Busboys and Poets, Micha’s Sorbet, Hard Times CafÃ© and Cake Love.
Attendance is supposed to surpass 70,000 this year, so get in early and stay late (this is sure to be DC’s best late night party). Tonight’s gala grand opening will begin around 8 pm and feature fire dancers and twenty-four bands and performances, along with little things like robot portraits, a bondage dungeon and a peep show (don’t worry…there’s more than enough high-brow fare to go around, too).
If all this seems overwhelming to any Artomatic virgins out there, here’s a convenient breakdown of what’s what and where:
Artomatic 2009: May 29th , 2009 â€“ July 5th, 2009
55 M Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Fri-Sat: Noon-1 am
Sun, Wed, Thu: Noon-10 pm
Located directly above the Green Line Navy Yard Metro Stop, West Entrance
Level One: Electric stage, Bar 1
Level Two: Cabaret stage, Bar 2, CFO/Hickory lounge
Level Three: Motion picture theater, solo stage, Britishink Tattoo Parlor, Artomatic lounge
Level Four: Lecture Room, Davis Carter Scott art resource center, The Yards lounge
Level Five: Office, Maga Design lounge
Level Six: Dance/theater stage, Ackridge lounge
Level Seven: Store, Peepsomatic, Bar 7, DCCAH lounge
Level Eight: Education room, action figures, interview room, Velocity lounge
Level Nine: Poetry, Bar 9, Capitol Riverfront/Monument Realty Lounge