On Oct. 7, Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods will burst with colors, music, images, technology and more with the premiere of OPUS 1, a multi-sensory festival that organizers believe will cement Columbia's place in the art world.
"Opus takes art, sound, technology and performance in a different way and brings it to the future," said Vanessa Rodriguez, director of marketing for Howard Hughes Corp., presenters of the festival. "Opus is hard to put in a category. It is so different and ground-breaking."
Featuring more than 100 artists, the event will take place on four different stages: an inflatable air pavilion known as the Lighting Cloud; the stage of the Chrysalis; Merriweather Post Pavilion's stage; and the grounds of Merriweather. Throughout the festival, these areas will host 11 different activation or "installation" areas, Rodriguez said, that will engage one's senses in a variety of ways.
"You will see art while listening to beautiful music," Rodriguez said. "You can be part of the art by immersing and engaging in events."
The festival will open at 4 p.m. with a performance by George Mason University's Pep Band. Performers including Hibridos Live, Sophia Brous, Lonnie Holley and Gang Gang Dance will offer everything from a Brazilian ritual dance and jazz, to a sculpture workshop and experimental music.