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Bulbfest Resilience Dance Festival

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Albany Bulb

1 Buchanan Street

Albany, CA 94710

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Bulbfest Resilience 2019 Dance Festival

Bulbfest-Resilience 2019 is a two-day art and dance festival that will highlight the ruggedly beautiful landscapes of the Albany Bulb with 11 dance performances and 10 new art installations.

Day 1—Saturday, May 4th, 2019 4-6:30pm: ART OPENING–buy tickets here.

Day 2—Sunday, May 5th, 2019 12-4 pm: DANCE FESTIVAL–buy tickets on the current page.

The Albany Bulb is a city park at a former construction debris landfill surrounded by spectacular views of San Francisco Bay.

The Albany Bulb has long been known for informal sculpture and art, and Love the Bulb, a community arts organization is presenting this festival to highlight the value of this endangered and uniquely Bay Area space for the imagination.

The theme of the festival this year is Resilience. The performances and art installations will explore the resilience of nature in the face of climate change and sea level rise as well as human resilience in the face of individual and societal changes. The works have been selected through an open call process, with the help of a jury consisting of local professionals in the fields of arts, education, activism and urban design.

Information on Day 2 DANCE FESTIVAL:

Performances by 11 exciting dance groups.

Destiny Arts: Powerful youth hiphop from Oakland choreographed by Rashidi Omari and Sarah Crowell

MoTor Dance: Evie Ladin's Body Percussion Choir

Tapper Dan: Athletic tap with a sense of humor

Impromptu No Tutu: Women elders in motion, choreographed by Greacian Goeke and Kaethe Weingarten.

Andrea Spearman: Earth-inspired contemporary dance

Hannah Young Trio: Site-specific contemporary with views to die for

Sarah Bush: dancing the resilient nature of the body and notions of safety in public spaces

Hannah Ayasse: Modern dance quartet balancing on the flotsam

Sarah Keeney: Magic on the rubble with a Golden Gate backdrop

Kali Futnani: Bharatanatyam Indian Dance

Dance Monks: Dances with trees by Mirah Moriarty and Rodrigo Esteva

Special thanks to the Albany Community Foundation and the Zellerbach Family Foundation for their generous support of Bulbfest.

REGISTRATION AND TICKETS

Tickets are sliding scale. $35 suggested donation, pay what you can. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. The minimum donation Eventbrite allows is $1.00, plus a processing fee. If this is too much please email albanybulbinfo@gmail.com so we can accomodate you.

We greatly appreciate any and all donations, which support the artists and the ongoing efforts of Love the Bulb to protect the endangered artistic traditions of the Albany Bulb.

IMPORTANT LOGISTICAL INFORMATION—PLEASE READ BEFORE BUYING A TICKET:

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO COME BY LYFT/UBER, BICYCLE, FOOT, OR PUBLIC TRANSIT

Parking will be tight at the small free parking lot and along Buchanan Street. May 5 is a busy day at the adjacent Golden Gate Fields racetrack and track visitors may be using the free spaces in addition to the paid racetrack parking. There are many options to get to the Bulb--see details below.

IT'S A 1.5 MILE HIKE

The route among the performances is mostly on easy dirt trails, but there are slopes, loose gravel and uneven footing at points. Seeing the dances involves an approximately 1.5 mile walk. It is a 0.5 mile walk from the parking lot out to the Bulb proper, where most of the performances are located. The Impromptu No Tutu and Destiny Arts performances, which are the first two performances of the day, are wheelchair-accessible via a paved path near the beach. However, the other performances are reached by trails that are not wheelchair accessible. There is no formal seating at the Bulb although you can find a few informal spots to sit and rest. If you have mobility limitations, please contact us at albanybulbinfo@gmail.com in advance so that we can do our best to accommodate you.

ARRIVE EARLY

Please arrive early to sign in and get your map and program between 12-12:30. There are picnic tables by the beach that are the perfect place for lunch or you can bring a blanket. From 12-1 you will enjoy informal, welcoming movement by Impromptu No Tutu that orients you to the space near the beach as you freely explore the area. The audience will start moving on to the next performance promptly at 1 so don't be late! Without our ushers and a program you'll have a hard time finding the performances. The Bulb is a big and complicated place and doens't have signage.

RESTROOMS, FOOD AND WATER:

Near the parking lot there are picnic tables and a vault toilet but no drinking water. There is no food for sale at the site. When you are out at the Bulb the nearest restroom will be 0.5 miles away.

WHAT TO WEAR/BRING:

The Bulb can be very cold and windy, so wear layers. Wear a hat, sturdy closed-toe shoes, and bring sunscreen, water and snacks.

DIRECTIONS:

Lyft/Uber: the address of the dropoff/meeting point is 1 Buchanan St., Albany CA 94710. If traffic is at a standstill once you're west of the freeway, just hop out of the car--it's not far to the meeting point. Do NOT let your driver use Waze to navigate--it may take you to the wrong spot. Google Maps works.

By public transit/foot: The meeting spot at 1 Buchanan St. is a 25 minute walk from bus lines on San Pablo Ave. and there is a safe bike/pedestrian path under the freeway. See description of bike path below to choose the safer crosswalk.

By bicycle: There are plenty of bike racks at a highly visible location next to the bathroom at the parking lot. There are no racks out at the Bulb, which is 0.5 miles from the parking lot.

From the north: The Bay Trail connects directly to the meeting point at 1 Buchanan St., Albany.

From North Berkeley BART: Go northwest on the Ohlone Greenway to Dartmouth St. Turn left (west) on Dartmouth Street and cross San Pablo. Take the cycletrack (separated bike lane counter to traffic direction) on the west side of San Pablo to Marin Ave./Buchanan St. Turn left at Marin/Buchanan and take the off-street bike path on the south side of Buchanan St. west to Pierce Street. Cross Buchanan St. at Pierce St. and continue west on the bike path which is now on the north side of Buchanan Street. You will be on a bridge over the railroad tracks.

After you cross the bridge over the railroad tracks there will be a crosswalk across the freeway onramp. Please do not use this crosswalk as it is not safe. Instead, continue looping around on the bike path as it heads downhill and make a hairpin left turn to go under the freeway. This will take you to a second crosswalk, which is safe if you respect the traffic light. The path under the freeway is safe and there are no encampments there.

From the south or east: The usual informal bike route through the racetrack parking lot from the Bay Trail at Gilman Street may be blocked by construction. Instead, ride north along the Ohlone Greenway or another north-south route and take Marin Ave./Buchanan St. west. From San Pablo Ave. there is an off-road paved bike path that goes west on the south side of Buchanan Ave. and under the freeway out to the Bulb.

Take the off-street bike path on the south side of Buchanan St. west to Pierce Street. Cross Buchanan St. at Pierce St. and continue west on the bike path which is now on the north side of Buchanan Street. You will be on a bridge over the railroad tracks.

After you cross the bridge over the railroad tracks there will be a crosswalk across the freeway onramp. Please do not use this crosswalk as it is not safe. Instead, continue looping around on the bike path as it heads downhill and make a hairpin left turn to go under the freeway. This will take you to a second crosswalk, which is safe if you respect the traffic light. The path under the freeway is safe and there are no encampments there.

FAQ

Q. Do I need to buy separate tickets for Day 1 and Day 2?

A. Yes. However, if you attend both days, feel free to donate whatever is affordable to you rather than the suggested donation amount for each day. If you attend only Day 2, you will not have a chance to interact with the artists but you can see the art after the dance performances. You may also encounter a few art pieces as you are viewing the dance performances.

Q. Will the Albany Bulb be open to the general public on May 4 and 5?

A. Yes, the Albany Bulb is a public park so entry to the park is always free.

Q. Are dogs allowed?

A. The Albany Bulb and Albany Beach are very popular dogwalking spots so dogs are welcome. Be aware that there are many off-leash dogs. Please make sure your dog does not interfere with the dancers.

Q. Is the event family-friendly?

A. Yes, the art and dances are all family-friendly! Strollers generally work on the trails but the bigger the wheels, the better.

ABOUT LOVE THE BULB

Love the Bulb is a community organization that celebrates and protects the art and nature of the Albany Bulb, a former construction debris landfill on San Francisco Bay owned by the City of Albany. Since 2016 we have presented more than 30 art, theater, dance, environmental education and stewardship events at the Albany Bulb that celebrate its unique place in the Bay Area art and natural ecosystems. We are part of the California Institute for Community, Art and Nature, a project of Earth Island Institute, a 501 c 3 non-profit organization. You can securely donate to Love the Bulb here.

Join our email mailing list at albanybulbinfo@gmail.com and follow us at facebook.com/lovethebulb. Instagram @lovethebulb.

Love the Bulb thanks the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the Albany Community Foundation, Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, and our individual donors for their generous support. Huge thanks to the dozens of volunteers and artists without whom this festival would not be possible.

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