The DUMBO Arts Festival today announced that AT&T will join Two Trees Management Company as a major sponsor of the 2011 event – to be held this year from September 23-25, 2011 in various sites in and around Dumbo Brooklyn. According to a press release (PDF 60kb), last year’s festival attracted more than 200,000 visitors, with the participation of more than 500 artists, 100 studios, 50 galleries and stages and 100 programming partners.“AT&T is proud to be the presenting sponsor of this year’s DUMBO Arts Festival, as few events in the city reach as many people and offer so much access to art, music, literature and emerging technology,” said Tom DeVito, vice president and general manager for AT&T in New York and New Jersey. “Dumbo is important to us, and that is why, in addition to supporting great events like the festival, we are consistently improving our network’s performance here to make sure you have the best wireless voice and mobile broadband experience.”AT&T will be integrated into various aspects of the festival, including sponsoring a signature installation that will be a cornerstone of this year’s artistic programming. Dozens of guides with Wi-Fi-enabled tablets and spread out across DUMBO will direct, teach and interact with festival-goers using the robust AT&T network. The festival will include a new lounge with amenities powered by AT&T, including charging stations and AT&T Wi-Fi-enabled products featuring an interactive festival map.A preview of one of the performance art and music events is called “Wet Exit,” organized by artist Janet Biggs (renderings above). Smack Mellon will present the premiere of multi-media artist Janet Biggs’ powerful new work exploring chaos and control. Biggs merges the fierce athleticism of fighting kayaks with pounding drum beats and the siren-like chords of a violinist amongst a landscape of large-scale video projections in her new multi-media performance WET EXIT.The DUMBO Arts Festival will again be produced by Dalzell Productions.Festival hours:Friday, Sept. 23, 6-9pmSaturday, Sept. 24, 12-8pmSunday, Sept. 25, 12-6pmAll outdoor projections are open from 6 p.m. to midnight all three nights.For more information, please visit dumboartsfestival.com. To get the latest updates on artists and exhibitors, follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter (@dumboartsfest).
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