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We have something very exciting in the world of performance art to tell y’all about.

Friday to Sunday (June 7-9)SUPERNOVA Performance Art Festival will be showcasing an insane lineup (more than 75 artists, so, yeah, pretty wild) of emerging, established, national and international performance artists. The event is presented by the Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID) and produced by The Pink Line Project‘s Philippa Hughes. The performers can be seen all weekend breathing life into Rossyln’s raw spaces, office lobbies, rooftops, Metro station, and parks. You do not want to miss this. Oh, and IT’S FREE!!!

supernova art fest

Everything starts at 8AM this Friday, and each day has a fully packed line-up.

You can see Friday’s full line-up hereSaturday’s here, and Sunday’s here.

But we’re not sending you out all naked and alone, don’t worry! Here’s something really special for each day you should be really excited about:

Friday from 3-5PM at Freedom Park, SUPERNOVA is taking audience participation to the next level by hosting a Art Sports competition that you and five of your most artsy/sporty amigos can sign up for! At the happy hour/awards ceremony afterward, every participant gets a free drink!!! But feel free to drink many a consolation prize beyond that if so inclined.


1. “Mummy Yoko” – Inspired by Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece

2. “Kool Aid Fountain” – Inspired by Bruce Nauman’s Self Portrait of a Fountain

3. “LOOK INTO MY EYES” – Inspired by Marina Abromovic’s The Artist Is Present

4. “Wolf-le Ball” – Inspired by Joseph Beuys’ I Like America and America Likes Me

5. “Major Tom” – Inspired by Dennis Oppenheim’s Transfer Drawing

art sports

Saturday night, starting at 9PM, the festival climaxes at Artisphere in Rosslyn for SUPERNOVA’s Big Bang Dance Party. What’s that, you say? mmmhm. There’s a shindig involved. (note – unfortunately, this part of the weekend’s festivities is not free)

big bang

Saturday night’s dance party madness will feature Ultra Naté, who has “expanded from local phenomenon to globally-recognized house music superstar. Now a veteran DJ, producer and vocalist, she keeps house music’s legacy alive and pushing into the future with a jet-setting schedule and a constant stream of chart-topping releases.” (via event post)

A set from the ever funky, sample-driven, and somewhat punk-spirited Local band Heavy Breathing

Holly Bass presents “Crunk Lessons: A hip hop cover of Adrian Piper’s (1983) ‘Funk Lessons’”, and The Tia Nina performance art rock band

But that’s not even it yet.

Sunday, outdoor performances begin at noon, so that you can rest up a little, and, who knows, maybe even go to church or something after dancing your face off the night before at Big Bang.

At 3PM, the audience is invited to bring a picnic to the Grandma Parade – a performance by Rae Goodwin dedicated to the super heroes that are all of our grandmothers.

grandma parade

Pretty stoked for this weekend? You should be.