The fifth annual Free City festival launches August 18 at 5 pm with the lighting of 200 fused pink flares, creating a gigantic puffy cloud of pink smoke by Brooklyn-based light artist Raphaele Shirley, a protégé of the pioneering Fluxus artist Nam Jun Paik. This is the last year the event takes place on the final undeveloped parcel of the Chevy Commons, expected to be completed in 2018. For a brief weekend, Free City turns this rough former industrial site into an enchanting place of discovery, filled with live music by all local bands, beer and wine, food trucks, unexpected works of light art, ecology-based installations, experimental vehicles, and inflatable structures, and surprise performances.
The 2017 festival features the biggest line-up of local bands to date, including Mercy Beach (Rock), Olivia Millerschin (Indie), Your Gracious Host (indie power pop), Noah Bruner Band (Rock), Mad Anthony and the Dead Serious, Lunar (experimental ambient) on Friday night; and Damnsel (punk rock), Five Ninety Five (Alternative/Indie), Waiting For Rain, Wax//Wane (post rock instrumental), Big Donut, Antonio Padilla (classic rock, country), and Goldblum on Saturday.
This year’s festival invited musicians, artists, designers, scientists, ecologists, and engineers to explore the theme of Ecology + Technology through interactive installations, metabolic projections, murals, inflatable structures, screen prints, dance, citizen science, home-made vehicles, and other emerging fields at the intersection of art, ecology, and technology.
Artists and engineers contributing work are Tzarinas of the Plane (Detroit), Matthias Neumann (Brooklyn), Pauly Everett (Flint), Nick Tobier (Detroit), A2D Dance Company (Detroit), Sandra Branch (Flint), Ryan Gregory (Flint), James Everhart (Flint), Michael Flynn (Ann Arbor), FIG Projects (Montreal), Pierre Jean Giloux (Paris), Raphaele Shirley (Brooklyn) Amelie Marzec (New York), Jim Cohen (Flint), Rodney Campbell (Flint), Steve Coy (Flint), Spencer Lippert (Detroit), Adam Frelin (Troy, NY), Peter Pawlicki (Sterling Heights), Virginia Melnyk (Buffalo), Paolo Pedini (Detroit), Melisa Morgan (Detroit/ Flint), Desiree Duell (Flint), Jonathan Rule (Ann Arbor), Tomie Seo (Japan), Jan Tichy (Chicago), Dennis Summers (Torrean, NM), Michael Styczynski (Detroit), Stanzi Vaubel (Buffalo), Ariel Sammone (Flint), Jay Rowland (Flint), and Rebecca Smith (Ann Arbor).
Dates: Aug. 18 – 19, 2017, 5 pm – 11 pm
Where: Chevy Commons at Stevenson
For more information, contact:
Joe Schipani, 810-820-0275
Stephen Zacks, 917-412-1926
With support from Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, Greater Flint Arts Council, and Black Rock Arts Foundation.