Advance reservations are now closed for Unsilent Night but we welcome you to join us at The Water Works (105 Sabine St.) at 6pm tonight as we will have plenty of space at this family friendly event. Please be sure to download the free Unsilent Night app using a wi-fi connection IN ADVANCE of your arrival. Instructions on how to do so, and what else to bring to maximize your experience, are on our Facebook event page.
The University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, in collaboration with Buffalo Bayou Partnership, brings back Unsilent Night, an annual interactive event, to Houston. This year, we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of this holiday favorite.
Unsilent Night is a soundscape created when many individuals simultaneously play one of four different tracks on their smartphone, boomboxes, or mp3 players. It all started in winter 1992, when contemporary New York composer, Phil Kline, composed a 43-minute multi-track electronic piece, written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December. Unsilent Night takes the form of a street promenade in which the audience becomes the performer. Revelers will walk a carefully chosen route beginning at The Water Works, a new site along the Buffalo Bayou. Each participant receives one of four tracks of the composition that can easily be downloaded on your smart phone prior to your arrival. When participants play their different “parts” together, it helps to create the special sound of the piece.
Join us for a 6:00pm public reception prior to the Unsilent Night promenade at 7:00pm. Saint Arnold Brewing Company and Katz Coffee will be providing complimentary beverages and the Fusion Taco truck will have food available for purchase. Unsilent Night is family friendly so bring the kids out to our holiday craft table on site!
This year, we'll be hosting a costume contest for the most "lit" outfit so dress festive! Dig up that light-up sweater your grandma got you and come join the promenade. Prizes will be awarded to revelers with the most lit up, celebratory outfit!
To learn more about the history of Unsilent Night, click here.
PARKING: Self-parking available in City Lot H (Memorial Drive before Houston Avenue)