Station North has become quite a hotbed of arts and culture in Baltimore. Although not the city’s only arts and entertainment district, it’s certainly an increasingly vibrant section of the city and home to hundreds of gifted DIY artists, artisans, makers, creators and innovators. Nicole Martinell is a dancer, choreographer, professor and founder of Baltimore’s Deep Vision Dance Company. Martinell’s efforts to coordinate Baltimore’s growing dance community will come to life on September 15th, with the second annual AKIMBO festival, a free event showcasing nearly one hundred dancers, musicians and artists performing in a vast array of venues and locations—indoors and out—around Station North. The festival was co-founded by artist, administrator and teacher, Sidney Pink. Funding for AKIMBO, which crosses many cultures, genres and mediums, was provided by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, Towson University Department of Dance as well as individual donors.
For info on the programs and artists featured, head to akimbobaltimore.com. Other festival events include an Afro-modern dance workshop on Friday, August 30th from 6 to 7PM at the corner of Barclay and Lanvale as well as AKIMBO Spree on September 18th at Windup Space.
Enjoy a short video from last year’s AKIMBO at Area 405.