DLECTRICITY is Detroit’s nighttime festival of art + light that featured over 35 world-renowned and emerging artists whose cutting-edge works of art illuminated Midtown Detroit in 2014, from the Detroit Institute of Arts down to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. This two-night “Nuit Blanche” festival was scheduled for Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27 in Midtown Detroit from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. Saturday night also featured the DLECTRICITY Light Bike Parade where thousands of cyclists biked a 4-mile route through Midtown Detroit, adding extra light and energy to the streets. Weekend programming also included artist talks and performances. DLECTRICITY is produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc. and is free to the public.
Cultural collision may be translated as a challenge or an asset of a city. Citizens interpret and amplify their interaction into deeper conflict, or vibrant community. Emphasizing the potential for cultural collision to produce community engagement, The Hyper Interactive Hip Hop Carnival is a participatory event that combines the talent, creativity, and innovation of three unique Detroit cultures: the hackers and tinkerers of DIY Making, the creators of Caribbean Mardi Gras parades, and the musical, visual, and performing artists of Hip Hop. Led by maker Jeff Sturges of the Mt Elliott Makerspace, designer/artist Ralph Taylor of Caribbean Mardi Gras Productions, artist Sicari Ware of 5e Gallery, and artist/facilitator Piper Carter, The Hyper Interactive Hip Hop Carnival catalyzes the energy of their inter-generational communities to create an experience of elegance in costume design, amazement in interactive technology, and inspiration in performance unlike anything seen, heard, and felt ever before.
Performances Friday and Saturday, 8pm and 10pm at the Wright Museum of African American History.