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Ride nice at Northern Spark! We’re excited to be working with Nice Ride, the Twin Cities bike share system to encourage cycling as a primary mode of transportation for this year’s festival.  We’ve marked the Nice Rice bike docks nearest to all the festival projects on our maps (mobile app, too) for easy navigation.  For […]

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  I liked how different it was from the typical art festival that has rows of tents with individuals selling their wares. I felt like more of a participant than a patron. —response to Northern Spark survey (over 500 people participated in person during the festival and online afterwards).

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“I think it was the transformative feeling—it really did induce a dreamlike state. It was really cool to experience the familiar (riding the bus, for example) as something new and reinvented.”

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It was a lovely day in Powderhorn Park for the annual May Day Festival.  We lounged in the shade, passed out stickers and signed up people to volunteer for the festival.  Thanks to our steadfast crew (Ted, Shannon, Erik, Angie, Birdie, Isabel) who talked to hundreds of strangers about Northern Spark. See a few more […]

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This year’s festival has been garnering quite a bit of coverage from all sorts of media sources! Check out what great things the reporters  are saying about Northern Spark 2012 on our In the Press page! Click the excerpts in italics to be re-directed to full articles. For interviews with artists and organizers, be sure […]

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Saturday June 2 was the launch of the Northern Spark Festival. We talked with Northern Spark’s Artistic Director Steve Dietz during the launch party and cerimonial lighting of the Stone Arch Bridge. Check for more events leading up to the festival night on June 9th! Video by Tricia Towey & Allison Osberg Sunrise to […]

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Jackie Beckey’s Psychedelic Art Parade will be kicking off the festival tonight at 9:15 pm on the Stone Arch Bridge. This 40 piece marching band that draws inspiration from the after-dark parades of Mardi Gra, as well as Afro Beat rhythms, Balkan brass phrasing, and Eastern European string arrangements, has composed a special performance to […]

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For the past several months the staff of Northern Spark have held our weekly meetings at the Works Progress office above Roberts Shoes on the corner of Lake and Chicago.  Last Thursday was our final meeting there, since we move into our week-of-festival tactical headquarters at the Soap Factory on Sunday. For weeks now I’ve […]

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 “I like to think that I’m making a kind of social interstice, and that something like Guy Debord’s dérive might simultaneously play out for thousands of people in Minneapolis on June 9.” Read all of David Rueter’s interview about The Kuramoto Model on the Huffington Post. 

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Want to join the blinking mass of Kuramoto riders in a ride leading up to the Stone Arch ride? Nice Ride staff will be leading a group ride departing from The Walker at 10:30 pm. The group will progress to Loring Park, stop at Hennepin and 4th Street, and then continue on to Father Hennepin […]

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