Artica provides a platform to celebrate the creative spirit of St. Louis culminating in our annual riverfront festival.
Artica's art festival is unlike any other in St. Louis. From the unique post-industrial setting to the interactive nature of the event, Artica lives and breathes creativity and innovation. We have taken a very unconventional space that is decaying and ignored and turned it into a playground for artists and participants of all ages. Every person who attends must interact in some way… simply getting to the event requires interaction with the landscape and its history.
There is no vending, nothing to be bought or sold.
There are no limitations on what a person can experience or express, barring illegal or unsafe activity. The event has been created with the simple hope of engaging our community to create using whatever is at their disposal. Many people who attend Artica are not artists, they are not unconventional people or radical thinkers, yet they come to the event and find a place filled with all manors of people and projects from marching bands to yogis to fire performers to engineers. From this there is a sense of real unity and a challenge to think of each person as a part of ones community.
The festival grounds will be filled with site-specific installation art created by professional artists from the St. Louis metropolitan area. The emphasis will be on interactive participatory art that takes its inspiration from the river, its surrounding environment or its history. An overlapping schedule of events including music, dance theater, poetry, video, film and performance art will encourage the audience to move around and experience Artica from different perspectives. The interactive nature of the event will encourage the audience to create their own art and become performers themselves.
Funded in part by the Arts and Education Council
21 O'Fallon St
St. Louis, MO 63102