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Special Attractions

Quick Links: Osadia, Close-Act Visual Theatre, Wise Fool New Mexico, Street Painting Exhibition, Sand Sculpture

OSADIA
Sponsored by Comerica Bank

www.osadiaonline.com

Detroit Historical Museum Plaza
Friday: 7:30
Saturday
: 2:30, 7:30
Sunday
: 2:00, 6:00

osadia_g.gifNow an annual tradition, Osadia, an interactive street art and theatre company from Spain, returns to the Detroit Historical Museum Plaza to work their magic again this year. Using willing audience volunteers, Osadia will magically transform an ordinary hairdo into an extravagant “hair sculpture.”

CLOSE-ACT VISUAL THEATRE

XL-INSECTS

Sponsored by Macy’s

www.closeact.com

Friday: 5:00, 7:00, 9:00
Saturday
: 3:00, 6:00, 9:00
Sunday
: 3:00, 5:00, 7:00

xl-insects_g.gifThe talk of last year’s festival, Close-Act Visual Theatre is being brought back by popular demand - this year as XL-Insects. Formed in 1991, Close-Act has grown into a professional community of actors, musicians, stilt-walkers, dancers, fire-throwers and acrobats. Close-Act’s XL-Insects, a mobile act featuring giant surrealistic insects that move throughout the Festival site, will no doubt leave Festival visitors speechless once again.

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WISE FOOL NEW MEXICO - Flexion

Presented by Caesars Windsor and 93.9 The River Radio

www.wisefoolnm.org

North Lawn of the DIA
Friday
: 9:00
Saturday
: 9:00
Sunday
: 9:00

flexion3_g.gifWise Fool New Mexico, based in Sante Fe, has been creating original works to rave reviews for 17 years. Wise Fool has been described as a cosmic, socially conscious cirque du Soleil - with heart and substance and brilliant, inventive and vastly entertaining. Flexion is an aerial and stilt movement spectacle that was commissioned in 2007 for Miami’s Carnival Center. Featuring five acrobats on stilts rolling into backbends, splits, and a myriad of sculptural forms high above the audience, Flexion stretches one’s perception of the human body. Combining stilt acrobatics with hanging, falling, and flying, Flexion is part dance, part theatre, part aerial circus, and totally awesome!

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FABULOUS NICHOL’S DUO

Cass Avenue by Prentiss Hall
Friday: 5:15, 6:45, 8:00
Saturday
: 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 8:00
Sunday
: 1:30, 3:30, 7:00

fabnicols_g.gifThe Fabulous Nichol’s Duo share their witty repartee, smooth vocals and melodic piano accompaniment several times each day on Cass Avenue.

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STREET PAINTING EXHIBITION

Sponsored by MGM Grand Detroit Casino and Coordinated by Art on the Move

Located on Kirby between Woodward and John R

Street PaintingIn the ancient Italian style of the Madonnari, the Street Painting Exhibition features professional artists, college students and high school students creating chalk masterpieces directly on the street. For more information or to apply to be a street painting artist download the Street Painting Application.

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75-TON SAND SCULPTURE

Sponsored by the DTE Energy Foundation
in association with Kaltz Excavating

Located on Cass Avenue

sandinteractive_g.gifWorld Champion sand sculptors, Sandscapes, returns to the Festival to create another of their amazing sand sculptures. A perennial favorite, over the years Sandscapes has delighted Festival-goers with amazing recreations of Alice in Wonderland, prehistoric creatures, Where the Wild Things Are, and many other awe inspiring tableaus in the very temporary medium of sand. Encouraging our youngest visitors to try their hand at this unusual sculpting medium, the Festival provides a large interactive area for their enjoyment.

FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS GRAND PROCESSION

Located on the Cass Lawn of the Detroit Public Library
Saturday & Sunday
Noon - 6:00 PMgirl-with-parade-puppet-rb_.gif

The Grand Procession consists of an exciting and diverse assortment of large, medium, and small procession pieces featuring new puppets from the Boston (MA) Puppeteers Collaborative and Hausarbeiten aufzunehmen the Detroit Festival of the Arts’ own collection. Presenters will be on site on Saturday and Sunday discussing how the procession pieces are made and encouraging audiences to try on the giant parade puppets and other procession paraphernalia. Mini-processions take place throughout the afternoon with a full Grand Procession commencing at 6:00 PM each day.

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COME HUNGRY!

The Detroit Festival of the Arts offers an array of tasty treats from specialty items like hot roasted almonds to complete entrees in the Festival’s International Food Courts. Look for the following menu offerings.

Cass Avenue

Italian Sausage, Lo Mien, Tandoori Chicken, Gyros, Eggplant Pakura, Philly Steak, Pizza, Burgers, Tikka Biryani, Fried Okra, Hot Dogs, Timpanini, Shawarma, Fatoush, Fish & Chips, Smoothies, Fresh Lemonade, Sander’s Ice Cream Puff Sundaes

John R

Shrimp Teriyaki, Greek Salad, Pulled Pork, Pad Thai, Coconut Shrimp, Roasted Corn, Smoked Turkey Legs, Mahi Mahi Quesadillas, Carne Asada Tacos, Gyros, Cajun Schnitzel, Shrimp Fritter, Ribs, Fish & Chips, Fried Rice, Collard greens, Deep Fried Mars Bar, Ice Cream, Fresh Lemonade

West Kirby

Kettle Corn, Smoothies, Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, Italian Ice, Hot Dogs, Nachos

East Kirby

Savory & Sweet Crepes, Roasted Nuts, Smoothies, Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt, Chocolate Fondue w/Strawberries

Farnsworth

Hot Dogs, Nachos, Roasted Nuts, Hot Soft Pretzels, Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Chrysler Children’s Fair

Hamburgers, Chicken Nuggets, Hot Dogs, Kettle Corn, Smoothies, Ice Cream, Root Beer Floats

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