The Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival (at 300 Ashland Plaza, corner of Flatbush and Lafayette) is an annual celebration of Downtown Brooklyn’s cultural community and the artists, writers, and performers who inspire the borough’s creative spirit. The Oct 4-6 festival will host free, special programming, including theater, poetry, dance, music, and performance, from some of Brooklyn’s most celebrated cultural organizations.
Saturday, October 5 is DBAF’s Community Day, offering several hands-on activities with artists and institutions, including Mark Stewart’s Orchestra of Original Instruments, an instrument-building workshop led by guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Mark Stewart (Bang on a Can All-Stars) to create instruments and sound-makers from ordinary materials that will lead into an interactive, group fanfare performance.
At 4:30pm, Asphalt Orchestra, Bang on a Can’s radical street band that brings ambitious processional music to the mobile masses, performs their singular takes on music by the Pixies, Thomas Mapfumo, Charles Mingus, Frank Zappa, and more.
It’s all FREE!
3-4:30 Mark Stewart’s Orchestra of Original Instruments
4:30 Asphalt Orchestra