Fifth Annual Festival Slated for February 11-21, 2016 in Downtown Pittsfield
(PITTSFIELD, MA) Spearheaded by Barrington Stage Company and the City of Pittsfield, the 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival is seeking submissions for the fifth annual festival which will be held throughout the city’s Upstreet Cultural District from February 11-21, 2016.
Last winter’s expanded 10X10 festival creatively enlivened downtown Pittsfield for 11 days from February 12-22, 2015. The dynamic mix of art, dance, film, music, theatre, comedy and more drew over 7200 patrons to downtown Pittsfield to experience more than 75 performances, events and art exhibits.
The 2016 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival will again be sponsored by Berkshire Gas. It will feature signature programming such as the 10X10 New Play Festival at Barrington Stage Company; the Ten Spot Art Show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts; a Best of BIFF Shorts at the Beacon Cinema; several varied performances of music, theatre, opera and more at the Whitney Center for the Arts; Ten Days of Play at Berkshire Museum and a return of the Dance Ten performance in which ten companies performed ten minute programs at Barrington Stage Company. Fireworks will fill the winter night sky this year over the First Street Common for the second year in a row.

“The 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival is another great opportunity to enjoy the winter in the Berkshires,” said Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi. “Now in its fifth year, the event attracts residents and tourists alike to Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District, which showcases the amazing talents of our local artists, performers and arts organizations. I look forward to enjoying the array of creative talent that will be on display at the festival.”The committee is looking for new and out-of-the-box programming and partners.  10X10 Upstreet has issued a call for submissions to encourage artists, performers and cultural organizations to propose programming for inclusion in the festival. All programming must occur within the Upstreet Cultural District during the festival dates and must relate to the festival’s theme of “ten.” The deadline for submission is October 30, 2015.

Proposals may be submitted by email to cultural@pittsfieldch.com or mailed or dropped off at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, located at 28 Renne Avenue in downtown Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District.  Interested participants should send a one page description of your proposed performance, program, exhibition or event including whether it will be free or ticketed, the location, and whether it is proposed or confirmed; bios of key performers, artists or personnel; images or links to video if appropriate; and a list of similar projects you have been involved in. If you do not have a confirmed Upstreet Cultural District (Housatonic to Linden Street and First to Center Streets) location please contact us and we will be happy to make suggestions.
About the 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival 

The festival is a collaborative effort spearheaded by Barrington Stage Company and the City of Pittsfield and coordinated through a steering committee.  2015 festival partners included Barrington Stage Company, Beacon Cinema/Berkshire International Film Festival, Berkshire Art Association, Berkshires Jazz, Berkshire Museum, Gypsy Lane Cabaret & Co., Berkshire Historical Society at Arrowhead, Berkshire Theatre Group, WAM Theatre, The Whitney Center for the Arts, IS183 Art School, Shire City Sanctuary, Berkshire Music School, as well as a comedy show presented by Thomas Attila Lewis. An outdoor winter fireworks display was held at the newly renovated First Street Common.

For more information, visit discoverpittsfield.com/10×10, find 10×10 Upstreet on Facebook, or contact Shiobbean Lemme, slemme@pittsfieldch.com at the City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development at 413-499-9348.

Thank you for attending the fourth annual 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival held February 12-22, 2015. The festival is a collaborative effort spearheaded by Barrington Stage Company and the City of Pittsfield.

IMG_4450Click here for photos from DANCE TEN.
Click here for photos from the first ever 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival Fireworks Display.
Click here for photos from a pop-up performance by The Funk Box Studio at The Beacon Cinema.
Click here for photos from the Berkshire Historical Society Fashion Show.
Click here for photos from the Ten Spot Art Show Opening Reception.
Click here for photos from the 2015 RAP Party.
Click here for photos from the 10×10 Dinner and Dance Party.
Click here for photos of the 10×10 Billboards throughout Berkshire County.

Click here for video of the first ever 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival Firework Display.

For more information, contact the City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development at 413-499-9348 or cultural@pittsfieldch.com
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