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A New Festival Blending the Worlds of Music, Art and Tech is Coming to Columbia

Chrysalis_With_Crowd -- credit - Wild Dogs International

A new multi-sensory festival is coming to the region this fall, and its main stage will be in the forest of Columbia, MD.

OPUS will bring together the worlds of music, art and tech for a one-day future-forward experience. For its inaugural event on Oct. 7, OPUS will host a wide array of installations and live performances in the newly renovated Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, a 51-acre site located in downtown Columbia. The festival is presented by Howard Hughes Corporation (the firm is also responsible for Columbia’s redevelopment) and curated and produced by New York-based production company Wild Dogs International.

ENCHANTED_FOREST -- credit - Wild Dogs International
Rendering via Wild Dogs International
The festival is the first event of a three-year project, and will feature 11 large-scale activation areas for guests of all ages. Some of the highlights include an inflatable air pavilion called The Lighting Cloud, a rare performance from New York experimental band the Gang Gang Dance, an interactive neurofeedback installation that explores brainwave synchronization, a tribute performance to EDM and pop from the George Mason Pep Band and a cube that immerses guests in a 36o degree projection of video art.

Herth_Stage -- credit - Wild Dogs International
Rendering via Wild Dogs International
“Audio-visual arts converge through site-specific experiences to manifest the spirit of the woods in a way that is both subtle and spectacular, intimate and immersive,” said Wild Dogs International creative director Ken Farmer in a statement. “The forest is a liminal space where boundaries are blurred between audience and performer, onlooker and participant, between people, genres, and media. OPUS 1 is an enveloping journey down the rabbit hole.”

OPUS will also feature a culinary village featuring regional food vendors. The event is free and will go from 4 p.m.-11 p.m.–you can reserve your tickets now at OPUS’ official website. 

 

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