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UPDATE: We just got word in from the organizers that due to some really awful weather hitting NYC, the event is now canceled, sorry folks!

Ok Makers and Crafters, if you’re in the NYC area we hope to see you here! MAKE & CRAFT will be at this event with lots of surprises!

NEW YORK– Halloween in NYC is about to change… Bringing together decades of inspiration on New York City’s favorite holiday, a group of artists and community theater producers are launching a brand-new “participatory theater” festival: Tompkins Scare Park, Saturday, October 28th, 2006, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Map).

The fest features a diverse cast of downtown talent that will entertain and engage participants with shows, music, exhibits and interactive diversions meant to inspire all. Family-friendly by day and spookier by night, expect humorous interactions and decadent revelry — embracing both the playful spirit of the holiday as well as serious artistic endeavors. Featuring kid-created art, multiple activity areas, colorful processions and outrageous competitions, there will be much to see, experience and do.

“Halloween is big fun, helps people discover the inner artist and brings communities closer together” says Executive Director Jim Glaser. “The East Village is the natural world capital of Halloween,” continues Producer Robert Prichard. “After all, it’s Halloween every day in the East Village. We will haunt the park with art, dance and music as only East Villagers know how.”

PERFORMANCES INCLUDE:

  • 1:00 p.m.: The Million Superhero March with the “Feats of Strength” kids competition
  • 2:00 p.m.: IFAM’s Robot’s Rule
  • 2:30 p.m.: Vangeline Theater’s Sci-Fi Butoh Procession
  • 3:00 p.m.: Zombie Olympics
  • 4:30 p.m.: Kids Halloween Theater
  • 5:30 p.m.: Dziezi Theater’s Makbet
  • 6:00 p.m. – close: Video Dome by Glass Bead Collective
  • 6:15 p.m.: Ambitious Orchestra rocks the main stage w/ haunting video projections by CAVE
  • 7:00 p.m.: Theremin Society haunts the park. Whooo-weee-oooo.

OTHER PARTICIPANTS:
AKAirways; Body Temple; Brief View of the Hudson, Br’er Brian, Corinna Hiller (Dean St. FOO); Dan Green, Institute For Aesthetic Modulation, Collective Unconscious; East Village Community Coalition; East Village Public Schools/ PTA; Empire City Garrison; Fusion Arts; Gathering of the Tribes; Kostume Kult; Lower East Side Girls Club; Make/Craft Magazine; Mehanata Meyhane; Rescue a Million Foundation; Shige Moriya (CAVE); Shizu & Machine; Surf Reality; Zeroboy.

Event host Costume Cultural Society is a new arts charity that supports the costuming arts, street theater and the growing ‘participatory culture’ arts movement through educational programs and themed events. For more see www.CostumeCulture.org, for community events/media, see www.CostumeNetwork.com and for the latest festival info, check www.ScarePark.org.

CONTACT:
Jim Glaser, Costume Cultural Society
jim@costumeculture.org
Phone: 212.333.2203

Robert Prichard, Surf Reality
rob@surfreality.com
Phone: 917.642.2050

Phillip Torrone, Senior Editor, MAKE / CRAFT Magazine
pt@makezine.com
Phone: 206-355-1323

Tompkins Scare Park | Saturday October 28th 2006 – Link.