Art & Soul, Aug. 4-5

The City of Oakland’s  Art & Soul festival, now in its 12th year, is continuing to offer top-flight talent, food from all over the globe, hundreds of artisan booths, and the largest family fun zone of any festival in the Bay Area, This year’s event will add a late-night bash and cutting-edge art show to the festivities. Named among the top 12 “must-see summer festivals” in Northern California by the San Francisco Chronicle, the festival will be held in downtown from 2 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Aug. 4, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. Audio-video art installations and multimedia performances will accompany DJ Dyloot broadcasting from the rooftop of Oakland City Hall. The festival will include new art elements, including collaborations with de Young artist fellow and artist-in-residence alumni, Ex’pression College for Digital Arts and Black Rock Arts Foundation, the nonprofit arts organization that supports Burning Man art and artists. Works from Oakland-based arts collectives The Crucible and NIMBY, plus artists from American Steel, will also be featured. Other new features include a contemporary East Bay showcase gallery curated by Ken Harman of Spoke Art and Illuminated Corridor light-based art projections by Oakland artist Suki O’Kane and the Oakland Underground Film Festival. There will also be special art installations by acclaimed Oakland and East Bay artists including Eddie Colla, Namita Kapoor, Jane Elliot, John W. Wood, Masako Miyazaki, Mayumi Hamanaka, Obi Kauffman, and Tracey Snelling. Long established as one of the top music festivals in the region, Art & Soul Oakland will again deliver nonstop music as diverse as the city itself, this year showcasing the Bay Area’s best talent in rock, R&B, jazz, soul, folk, E.D.M., punk, honky-tonk, metal, blues, gospel, world, and Latin. Also new this year is a stage dedicated to the region’s hottest youth rock bands. The City Center Stage will see two- member teams perform some of the freshest, homegrown street dancing anywhere during the “Yak to the Bay” turf dance competition. For the first time, some of the Bay Area’s hottest mobile food trucks will join favorite festival vendors, offering a wide array of American and global gourmet eats. Beer, wine, and other beverages concessions. A family paradise, Art & Soul Oakland boasts the largest Family Fun Zone of any festival in the Bay Area, complete with kid-friendly rides and carnival games, inflatable bounce houses, interactive arts, and free festival admission for ages 12 and under. Oakland offers direct service from BART (12th Street – Oakland City Center Station) in addition to free parking for cars and bike valet parking. Admission to the festival is always a bargain. Advance online prices for single-day admission are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (65 and older) and youth (ages 13-17). Advance tickets are available online at www.ArtandSoulOakland.com. At the gate, single-day admission will be $15 for adults, $8 for seniors and youth. Children 12 and under enjoy free admission. For information on Art & Soul Oakland 2012, visit www.ArtandSoulOakland.com or call (510) 444-CITY.
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