Get Stoked For A Major 12-Hour Art Party This Weekend

This Saturday, historic Anacostia will be transformed into one giant, noon-to-midnight art party — and you definitely don't want to be a no-show. Lumen8Anacostia brings together visual and performing artists from D.C. and around the world in one walkable corridor of spaces, each packed to the brim with creative energy.
The center of activity will be Pink Line Project's Lightbox — once a police evidence warehouse, now an edgy gallery space with a killer river views. Here, you'll find video art by Robin Bell and 5x5 Project artists, a special interactive installation by Bluebrain, and an amazing lineup of musical performances including fave local dance, jazz, and hip hop acts. There's even a special duo of never-before-heard-in-D.C. French musicians, electronic artist Rone and modern symphonic composer Koudlam, brought over just for this event by L'Alliance Française.
And of course, art and commerce go hand-in-hand, so expect to see several local vendors selling their wares during the fest. At Lightbox, you'll find vintage treasures by Hella Tuff, a mini record fair curated by Som Records, a lifestyle shop by SHAM, and Pleatherette's Pixie, an "immersive pop-up boutique" featuring 10 rad local designers. If you find yourself needing a nosh (this party is 12 hours long, after all), stop by the vegan-friendly temporary cafe hosted by Busboys & Poets.
Wondering how to get there? For bikers, three Capitol Bikeshare docks will be on hand along the Lumen8 corridor, and a private bike valet provided by WABA will be available all day. The Lightbox space is two blocks from the Anacostia stop on Metro's Green line, and there's ample street parking plus a free lot reserved for the event. See a map of all the participating spaces and events here.
When: Saturday, April 14, from noon to midnight.
Where: The Lightbox, 2235 Shannon Place SE. Other locations along Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE.

Photo: Courtesy of Liz Gorman

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