Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival

October 5, 2019

This weekend celebrate Downtown Brooklyn’s artists, writers, and performers who inspire the borough’s creative spirit.

Dbaf 2019 Teaser Square

The DBAF annual celebration brings together acclaimed local arts organizations with exciting performances, classes, and tours, and offers a host of free outdoor programming at The Plaza at 300 Ashland located at Flatbush and Lafayette Avenues.

Join us on October 5th! We will be selling our new fall issue with a great subscription deal!

DBAF Community Day

Saturday |11AM – 5PM

300 Ashland

(Located at Flatbush and Lafayette Avenues.)

Participants include:

American Opera Projects, BAM, Bang on a Can, BRIC, Brooklyn Ballet, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Music School, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn Public Library, The Center for Fiction, Dancewave, Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance, DreamStreet, EPIC Players, FAB Fulton, Found Sound Nation, Irondale Ensemble Project, Issue Project Room, Mark Morris Dance Group, MoCADA Museum, New York Transit Museum, Recess, 651 ARTS, StoryCorps, Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble, Theatre for a New Audience, and UrbanGlass.

Check out the full schedule here.

RSVP on the FB invite here.



DBAF Community Day

Saturday, October 5, 2019 |11AM – 5PM

Main Stage Programming:

11:00AM | African Drum Circle with Mr. Fitz in collaboration with Brooklyn Music School

Feel the beat with instructor Mr. Fitz for a family-friendly, participatory drum circle exploring rhythms from the Congo and West Africa.

11:45AM | The Discount ‘90’s Rock Ensemble in collaboration with Brooklyn Music School

Budding rock artists lay down a heavy sound that will draw everyone in.

12:15PM | Storytelling In collaboration with The Center for Fiction

1:00PM | Soundpainting Downtown Brooklyn in collaboration with The Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble & the Tours Soundpainting Orchestra (France)

Two of the top Soundpainting ensembles in the world will create a live-composition using sign language called Soundpainting to sculpt the performance. The team has been interviewing local residents as part of their POP-UP project and will create a unique love letter to the neighborhood.

1:30PM | Song About Ourselves in collaboration with The EPIC Players

Join the neuro-diverse company of The EPIC Players as they perform songs about themselves, ambition, hope and strength. Featuring medleys from a 1- night only performance at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theatre this past September.

1:45PM | WOW in collaboration with Dancewave

In this piece choreographed by Kenny Smith, experience Dancewave’s Community Programs Hip Hop Company which encourages individuality and whole-person development through dance.

2:00PM | Pas de Deux in collaboration with Brooklyn Ballet

A mixed-movement duet performed by a ballerina and a gliding hip-hop dancer, the piece explores intimate connections between the two bodies, two disciplines, and two dynamics of movement.

2:10PM | Downtown Brooklyn Arts Leaders in Conversation with Brian Vines in collaboration with the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance

The founder and host of BRIC TV’s “Going in with Brian Vines” talks with members of the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance, a coalition of 50 arts organizations in Downtown Brooklyn, about their current programming.

2:15PM | Rhys Chatham in collaboration with ISSUE Project Room

Rhys Chatham will perform the North American premiere of his 20-minute solo work Le Possédé for bass flute. The piece continues Chatham’s explorations of the possibilities offered by the early minimalist period of the New York Downtown scene.

2:30PM | Downtown Brooklyn Arts Leaders in Conversation with Brian Vines in collaboration with the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance

The founder and host of BRIC TV’s “Going in with Brian Vines” talks with members of the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance, a coalition of 50 arts organizations in Downtown Brooklyn, about their current programming.

3:00PM | Dance with MMDG Family Class in collaboration with Mark Morris Dance Group

Dance with Mark Morris Dance Group company members accompanied by live music. Learn excerpts from Mark Morris’ “energetic, inventive, and delightful” Eleven, which will be performed at New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival October 3-4. All ages and levels, with and without disabilities are welcome.

4:00PM | Spirit in collaboration with DreamStreet Theatre Company

Born out of an exploration of classical movement and iconic choreographers, DreamStreet Theatre Company performers have created an organic collaboration of dance and song fit to smash the stereotypes surrounding their triumphant community members living with developmental disabilities.

4:30PM | Mark Stewart’s Orchestra of Original Instruments and Asphalt Orchestra in collaboration with Bang on a Can

A double-header with Brooklyn-based music collective Bang on a Can brings together Mark Stewart’s Orchestra of Original Instruments with Asphalt Orchestra. From 3PM-4:30PM Mark Stewart will lead in creating instruments/sound-makers from ordinary materials for a group fanfare performance followed by Asphalt Orchestra, Bang on a Can’s radical street band, that brings ambitious processional music to the mobile masses. Asphalt Orchestra performs their singular takes on music by the Pixies, Thomas Mapfumo, Charles Mingus, Frank Zappa, and more.




The Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival is organized by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, with support from Two Trees Management Co. and Whole Foods Market.