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THE MUSIC CENTER AND GRAND PARK PRESENT FIRST-EVER LOS ANGELES SHOWCASE OF GIANT INFLATABLE LUMINARIUM

ARCHITECTS OF AIR’S “EXXOPOLIS” WILL TRANSFORM GRAND PARK WITH A MULTI-SENSORY EXPERIENCE OF COLOR, LIGHT AND SOUND, PLUS “RANDOM ACTS OF WORLD CULTURE”

EXXOPOLIS Step into this interactive walk-in sculpture and immerse yourself in a luminous world of light, color and sound. As the opening event of The Music Center’s World City season, Exxopolis embraces the city’s many diverse communities and traditions through performances of Random Acts of World Culture. While exploring a dazzling maze of winding paths and soaring domes, encounter performances including a Brazilian berimbau, Japanese shakuhachi, Middle Eastern oud and many more. (www.musiccenter.org)

EXXOPOLIS
Step into this interactive walk-in sculpture and immerse yourself in a luminous world of light, color and sound. As the opening event of The Music Center’s World City season, Exxopolis embraces the city’s many diverse communities and traditions through performances of Random Acts of World Culture. While exploring a dazzling maze of winding paths and soaring domes, encounter performances including a Brazilian berimbau, Japanese shakuhachi, Middle Eastern oud and many more. (www.musiccenter.org)

WHAT:

The Music Center and Grand Park present Exxopolis, an inflatable walk-in luminarium, designed by world-renowned Architects of Air. http://www.architects-of-air.com/luminaria/exxopolis.html  The large translucent sculpture offers visitors an unprecedented sensory experience in a maze of winding paths and soaring domes, featuring rich colors, light and sound.  The structure is 175 feet long by 95 feet wide and 23 feet off the ground at its tallest point.

Visitors to Exxopolis will also enjoy unexpected performances called “Random Acts of World Culture,” including 30 different artists, ranging from Korean classical music and dance, Highland bagpipes and African and African American folktales to female mariachis, Klezmer melodies and more.  The presentation of Exxopolis launches the 11th season of The Music Center’s World City series, free family-friendly programming that celebrates artistic traditions from around the world. http://www.musiccenter.org/events/worldcity/1314-Season/Exxopolis/

Media are invited to view the 15-minute inflation of Exxopolis, which brings the giant sculpture to life, and then tour the structure, with representatives from Architects of Air and The Music Center.

Highland Piper will lead the public into the luminarium as it first opens.  Visitors will also participate in visual arts workshops exploring color and creativity upon exiting Exxopolis.

WHEN:
Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 9:00 a.m., starting with the inflation of the structure.

Media should arrive by 8:45 a.m. to view the inflation of Exxopolis.  Media can tour the inside of Exxopolis when the doors open at 10:00 a.m.; the public will be led into Exxopolis by a Highland Piper.

WHERE:
Grand Park, downtown Los Angeles; enter on Broadway between First and Temple Streets.

Exxopolis takes place between Broadway and Spring Street on Grand Park’s Event Lawn. Media must be credentialed in advance.  Media check-in table located on the Event Lawn near the Broadway entrance to the park.  Parking for media trucks available inside the park; enter from Broadway south of the Metro stop.  Suggested parking for all other media is in Lot 10 on Hill Street between First  and Temple Streets.

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