All-night Northern Spark art festival returns to Minneapolis in June

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April 24, 2014
By: Ben Johnson
Artist Luke Savisky's "E/x MN" will be projected onto the Mill City grain silos during Northern Spark
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Ben Johnson

The all-night Northern Spark art festival returns to Minneapolis on June 14.

Festival organizers expect 50,000 people to visit more than 100 art installations at locations scattered throughout the western riverfront, downtown, Midtown Greenway, University of Minnesota and Loring Park.

This year’s theme is “Projecting the City,” so many of the exhibits will feature video projected onto enormous surfaces around the city.

“We invited artists to metaphorically, but also literally project their ideas for the city onto the city,” said Associate Festival Director Sarah Peters.

Northern Spark officially begins at sundown, which is 9:01 p.m., and ends at sunrise, which comes at 5:06 a.m.

Last year the festival was held in St. Paul, but Peters said that it will remain in Minneapolis for at least the next couple of years and try to solidify the 2nd Saturday in June as its annual date.

“We’ve made a strategic decision to stay in Minneapolis for the next several years to root down and grow from here,” said Peters.

All the exhibits are free, but festival goers can buy tickets to a launch party that runs from 7 p.m. to 9 pm. at Orchestra Hall at or to one of two post-festival pancake breakfasts hosted by Aria at its Kickstarter page.