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In 2013, AJC DBF is launching art|DBF, an arts and culture showcase within the festival. art|DBF recognizes that a vibrant, creative, and economically thriving community can be achieved by elevating the value and visibility of the arts — literary, visual, and performing; increasing accessibility, public involvement, and attendance; and working to ensure the long-term sustainability of arts organizations.

This year AJC DBF has invited a diverse group of arts organizations to engage our imaginations with stories, ideas, performances, installations, films, music, artwork, and photographs in order to connect our citizens more broadly with the arts and cultural opportunities in their local community. Participants include Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Art Papers, Burnaway, Dashboard Co-op, FilmLove, Flux Projects, gloATL, High Museum of Art, The Lucky Penny, Museum of Design Atlanta, MOCA GA, Serenbe Playhouse, Soul Food Cypher, Straw Hat Press, Staib Dance, Theatrical Outfit, WonderRoot, among many others.

What will result from this meetup between authors, poets, publishers, readers, bookstores and visual/performing artists, photographers, musicians, dancers, and filmmakers? Conversation. Collaboration. Activation. Creation. Transformation. Celebration.

What will you find at art|DBF?

  • 6,000 square feet of dedicated space on Decatur's MARTA plaza, the central crossroads of the festival grounds, which will house the Atlanta Planit Pavilion — a space where local arts and cultural organizations can build audience support and promote upcoming projects, exhibitions, installations, artists, and performance seasons; and an Exhibition Emporium where arts organizations and artists can be found doing what they do best —activating space in new and exciting ways and bringing fresh art experiences to new audiences.
  • Fifteen main-stage programming slots dedicated to performances and discussion of the arts — including a new dance studio at the Decatur Rec Center, the state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center at Decatur High School, and lecture venues with capacities ranging from 110 to 700+ seats
  • A dedicated outdoor performance space on the Community Bandstand in the center of Decatur's newly refurbished public square lawn.
  • Additional space within the street fair for arts programming, including a hands-on art-making activity in the children's section of the festival

art|DBF Schedule

Saturday, August 31

COMMUNITY BANDSTAND

  • 10:00-10:30 a.m.: ChaiTunes, Emory University a cappella group
  • 10:45-11:15 a.m.: Fabulous Pinkie Sisters with Allison Adams, Decatur girls acoustic guitar and ukelele band
  • 11:30 a.m.-noon: Rob Cleveland, children’s book author and storyteller*
  • 12:15-12:45 p.m.: Rob Cleveland, children’s book author and storyteller*
  • 1:00-1:30 p.m. Dave Holland, percussionist*
  • 1:45-2:15 p.m.: AHANA, Emory University acappella group
  • 2:30-3 p.m.: Barry Stewart Mann, storyteller (all ages)*
  • 3:15-3:45 p.m.: Barry Stewart Mann, storyteller (all ages)*
  • 4:00-4:30 p.m.: Theatre du Reve, French language storytelling
  • 6:00-7:00 pm.: Ritmo Blue, world percussion trio*

* Denotes Pop Up Art event, a partnership between Park Pride and Young Audiences of Woodruff Arts Center, funded by the Blank Foundation.

DECATUR RECREATION CENTER Dance Studio (231 Sycamore St.)

  • 10-10:45 a.m.: Atlanta Opera, introduction to the opera and season preview
  • 11:15 a.m.-noon: Alliance Theatre for the Very Young
  • 12:30-1:15 p.m.: Staibdance
  • 1:45-2:30 p.m.: Theatre du Reve, “Fables Fantastiques,” one-person show with Caitlin Roe
  • 3-3:45 p.m.: Serenbe Playhouse, daytime version of its Late Night Cabaret Series
  • 4:15-5 p.m.: Dance at Emory, “body land: New Works by Emory Dance Alumni” (five short performances)
  • 5:30-6:15 p.m.: Synchronicity Theatre

DECATUR LIBRARY (215 Sycamore St.)

  • 7:00 p.m.: “Hidden Away: The Library at Night,” created by choreographer Nicole Livieratos and writer Phillip DePoy, staged by the Lucky Penny
  • 8:30 p.m.: “Hidden Away: The Library at Night,” created by choreographer Nicole Livieratos and writer Phillip DePoy, staged by the Lucky Penny

art|DBF AFTER DARK (Decatur Plaza)

  • 7 p.m.: Pop up performances by Staibdance, The Atlanta Opera, Wabi Sabi, 7 Stages and Serenbe Playhouse
  • 7:00 p.m.: Video installation by Micah and Whitney Stansell, presented by Flux Projects

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST

COMMUNITY BANDSTAND

  • Noon-12:30 p.m.: No Strings Attached, Emory University acappella group
  • 12:45-1:15 p.m.: Sherry Norfolk, folk tales from around the world*
  • 1:30-2 p.m.: Sherry Norfolk, folk tales from around the world*
  • 2:15-2:45 p.m.: Manga African Dance, West African dance trio*
  • 3-3:30 p.m.: Dooley Noted, Emory University a cappella group
  • 3:45-4:15 p.m.: Theatre du Reve, French language storytelling
  • 4:30-5 p.m.: Havana Son, Latin rhythms with vocals*

* Denotes Pop Up Art event, a partnership between Park Pride and Young Audiences of Woodruff Arts Center, funded by the Blank Foundation.

DECATUR HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (310 N. McDonough St.)

  • 1:15-2:00 p.m.: Serenbe Playhouse, preview of “The Sleepy Hollow Experience”
  • 2:30-3:15 p.m.: Theatrical Outfit, preview of “Harabel: A Sparrow Over a Minefield,” with Tom Key and Jonida Beqo
  • 3:45-4:30 p.m.: 7 Stages, new adaptation of “Red Badge of Courage,” with puppets, actors and silhouette projection
  • 5:00-5:45 p.m.: Theatre du Reve, “Fables Fantastiques,” one-person show with Caitlin Roe

DECATUR LIBRARY (215 Sycamore St.)

  • 7:00 p.m.: “Hidden Away: The Library at Night,” created by choreographer Nicole Livieratos and writer Phillip DePoy, staged by the Lucky Penny
  • 8:30 p.m.: “Hidden Away: The Library at Night,” created by choreographer Nicole Livieratos and writer Phillip DePoy, staged by the Lucky Penny