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Northside Festival | Everything You Need to Know About the Art

Enjoy five days of art in Brooklyn at the ninth edition of the Northside Festival.

Miss Rosenby Miss Rosen
Artwork: TRIPH, an immersive Light Installation by Circus Family (Amsterdam)

The ninth edition of the Northside Festival, Brooklyn, kicks off on June 7, offering five days of programming around music, innovation, and the arts. More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the festival, which spans small clubs, outdoor spaces, and boutique hotels spread throughout the Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick neighborhoods of the borough.

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The 2017 edition features a line up of programs in the arts that connect creatives with likeminds positioned on the cutting edge. Highlights from the event series include:

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Creative Trends Influencing Design in 2017

Terrence Morash, Creative Director of Shutterstock, will speak about the styles and trends that will dominate 2017, culled from information gathered from billions of searches and downloads. Where & When: Wednesday, June 7 at 11:45 AM at the Fortune Venture stage at the Wythe Main Room

Shortform as Entertainment: Creating Visually Engaging Micro Content with GIFs

2017 is the 30th anniversary of the GIF, the much beloved animated image that has become the centerpiece of the action-meme. Jason Kuperman and Outfront Media and David Rosenberg of GIPHY will discuss how to use the GIF to greatest result, as images speak a thousand words in every language without ever making a sound. Where & When: Wednesday, June 7 at 2:30 PM at the TNT Content stage at the Williamsburg Hotel

TRIPH, an immersive Light Installation by Circus Family (Amsterdam)

The lights in TRIPH come alive as the audience engages with the installation. Color gradients, mirrored surfaces, and a soundscape fill the room, inviting viewers to interact with it to see what happens next. Where & When: June 7-9, all day at the TNT Content stage at the Williamsburg Hotel

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From Selfies to Portraits: How to Capture Emotion for Personal or Professional Photography

There is nothing quite so compelling as the human face, in the way it reveals and hides, explores and exposes, and creates connections that inform our understanding of others and ourselves. Perhaps this is why the selfie has become one of the most popular forms of social media. Andrew Walker, Staff Photographer at Shutterstock, leads a workshop on how to take portraiture to the next level, whether it’s for personal or professional purposes. Where & When: Thursday, June 8 at 2:15 PM at the Shutterstock Masterclass Stage at the William Vale

Artist Studio: Avant Saint, Calligraphy and Chocolate

Where else can you indulge your love of chocolate, studded suede, calligraphy, and Shakespeare in a 5.5-hour symposium that brings together style, literature, and the arts featuring Avant Saint’s Lauren Schad, calligrapher Laurel Hansen, and Brooklyn’s own chocolatier Fine & Raw. Where & When: Thursday, June 8 at 12:00 PM at the TNT Backstory Studio at Kinfolk 90.

Buzzfeed News Sit-Down: Instagram’s Kevin Weil

Instagram has transformed the way we create and share art, providing platforms to people that break down the formal boundaries of the gallery, the museum, and the publishing house. Buzzfeed’s San Francisco bureau chief Mat Honan speaks with Kevin Weil, the Head of Product at Instagram. Where & When: Friday, June 9 at 11:00 AM at the William Vale stage at Northside Report.

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The Importance of Art Across Borders, with Art Production Fund

Join artists Brian Tolle and Zoe Buckman, Casey Fremont of The Art Production Fund, Lisa Kim of Two Trees Development for a discussion of art across borders in the new millennium. Where & When: Friday, June 9 at 1:30 PM at Innovation at the Wythe Screening Room.

Artist Studio: Max Steiner & Emma Berg

Jewelry designer, sculptor, product designer, and 3D moderler Max Steiner and fashion designer Emma Berg host a 5.5-hour symposium and demonstration of their works. Where & When: Friday, June 9 at 12:00 PM at the TNT Backstory Studio at Kinfolk 90.

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Bedford Avenue Block Party

To cap off the festivities, on Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, Bedford Avenue will be transformed into a public park stretching all the way from Metropolitan Avenue to North 12th Street. The block party will feature temporary wall units, interactive installations, and sculptures from artists including Nyssa Frank, Occupy Art, Stickymonger & Andrea Tang, El Museo de Los Sures, Hiromi Niizeki, Peter Kato, Taezoo Park, J.H.S. 291 Roland Hayes & TalkingWalls Collaborative, and Shoe String Press.

Highlights include the Brooklyn Draw Jam, a free collaborative drawing event; live painting events with Colombian artist Chinòn Maria, British artist Scott Walker, American artists Ian Ferguson aka HYDEON, Jade Kuel aka MUMBOT, Natalie Lucre, Kelly Denato, Jacob Thomas, and Stephen Faillace; a meditative drawing session with Zoey Hart; and a live poetry reading by Francesca Marguerite Maximé.

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All photos: Courtesy Northside Festival.

Miss Rosen is a journalist covering art, photography, culture, and books. Her byline has appeared in L’Uomo Vogue, Vogue Online, The Undefeated, Dazed Digital, Aperture Online, and Feature Shoot. Follow her on Twitter @Miss_Rosen.