Check out Minneapolis’ all-night arts festival

Northern Spark, Minneapolis’ all-night arts festival, will light up the city Saturday, June 13, with dusk-to-dawn events including giant video projections, temporary sculptures, dance presentations, multimedia experiences, concerts and experimental performances.

The opening ceremony begins at 8:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza, 1301 S. Second Ave., where attendees can see Mayor Hodges unveil mini_polis, this year’s winner of the Creative City Challenge, and enjoy a free concert by Duluth natives Cloud Cult, a chamber rock band with a national reputation for dynamic, visually engaging performances.

At 9:01 p.m., activities begin at 11 venues throughout Minneapolis, including the convention center, Peavey Plaza, Mill City Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Northrop Auditorium, Orchestra Hall and more. All Northern Spark events are free, with the exception of the launch party at Mill City Museum and the pancake breakfast at Aria (by The Bachelor Farmer and Al's Breakfast).

Northern Spark is presented by Northern Lights.mn, a nonprofit arts organization on a mission to transform our sense of what’s possible in public space. The art installation mini_polis and related programming at the convention center is presented by the Minneapolis Convention Center; the Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy Program of the City of Minneapolis; and Meet Minneapolis, Convention & Visitors Association in collaboration with Northern Lights.mn.

In addition to presenting mini_polis, the City is supporting multiple projects taking place during Northern Spark. Many represent emerging artists, small arts organizations, and racially and ethnically diverse artists. By supporting these artists’ participation in Northern Spark, the City is broadening its reach to include a wider range of artists that represent the many neighborhoods and communities that make up Minneapolis’ vibrant art community.

Last year, approximately 25,000 people attended Northern Spark events and more than 300 artists and performers participated.

Want to lend a hand?

Volunteers help make Northern Spark happen while having fun. Sign up here.

Published Jun 2, 2015

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