Berkeley Sparks It Up: Berkeley Spark’s Mini “Burning Man:” Pre-Party!

By Aaris A. Schroeder

Berkeley has done it again, a mini-Burning Man festival racked the Civic Center in Downtown Berkeley, Saturday, August 10 from 10:300 am-9 pm which included with several food, art, dance and mobile vendors, thank you to Berkeley Spark. Thank you to the Berkeley Media Center, there was video footage, interviews and more.

Starting in Bakers Beach, San Francisco, CA with only 20 in attendance and growing to 800 before moving to Black Rock Desert, NE; becoming a populous environment of art, music and food. Burning man stakes over 569,000 in attendance. This event continues to grow and this is why locals in Nor-cal still celebrate the beginning of an awesome festival and adventure.

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Local Soul Sanctuary Dance’s DJ Daniel Ari and Silent Disco by Silent Storm Sound System were on the block along with Felix’s ArtIsMobilUs, a mobile art bus which also allows locals to pick up a brush, can and their creativity for the “art wall” also seen at First Friday and all over Northern CA.

At the same time there was UNAVERZ a mutant vehicle also acting as a mobile club. Hosting Quantum23 (FNF) and Sean Murray (Housepitality / Hustle), Mancub from Space Cowboys and Alex Sychosis .

Live painting by Michael Covington and Joe Peace as well as The Peace Chain Project also sculpture artist, Amy Stabler who performed at Burning Man (2003).

Food in the building is Berkeley’s own, Phil’s Slider’s, Taco Oaxaco and Tomales Acapulco.

This event also offered ice sculptures, mirror shows, a beer garden provided by Drakes, yoga demonstrations and so much more!

*** Berkeley Spark Says (Press Release) ***

Berkeley Spark is sponsored by the Downtown Berkeley Association with support from Burning Man Project. We are grateful to our sponsors: Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeleyside, BUILD: Pizzeria Roma, City of Berkeley Office of Economic Development, Comal Berkeley, Drakes Brewing Company, Five Restaurant, Mechanics Bank Berkeley, The Mead Kitchen, Phil’s Sliders, and Revival Bar + Kitchen. To our partners: Athletic Playground, Berkeley Partners, East Bay Bike Coalition, Ecology Center, Livable Berkeley, for Parks, Streets Alive! and the numerous donations we’ve received from the community!

Look out for the Art Media of Berkeley University to post festivity video, thank you to Daniel Neely.

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