For one week in May, it might feel like you can’t cross the street without running into a juggler, street parade or circus-punk marching band.
For these surreal contributions to the cityscape, you can thank the Kennedy Center and its new festival, “Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across America,” which takes the performing arts out of the theater and onto, well, K Street.
The festival is set for May 6-12, and today the Kennedy Center announced the full lineup of events, which will take place at such eclectic locations as Nationals Park, Farragut Square and Yards Park. There will be several events each day, including some during the lunch hour, for folks looking for a good reason to sneak out for some sunshine.
Among the national performers who will take part is artist Nick Cave, whose towering floral Soundsuits was one of the biggest attractions at the recent “30 Americans” exhibit at the Corcoran. A Soundsuits performance will be part of the festival’s finale at Yards Park on May 12.
Another one to mark on your calendar? The night street fair at the Old Post Office Pavilion on May 11, which will feature a high-flying act devised by the San Francisco group Project Bandaloop, which uses the surfaces of buildings as the base for jaw-dropping choreography. (Check out a video of some of their projects here.) Then there are the mobile topiaries that are Ambush Theater, which might just creep up on you the same night.
For a peek at all the performances planned, check out our list of “Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across America” events here, or search the Going Out Guide for “street arts festival.”