Started in 2009 by the Portland Area Theatre Alliance (the service organization assisting Portland theater artists and organizations), The Fertile Ground Festival of New Work is an 11-day long arts festival held every January in Portland, Oregon. With a myriad of art installations, performers and theater companies getting involved, a myriad of artistic experiences await those wanting to explore what this great city has to offer. From large, long-running institutions to the very tiny upstart, The Fertile Ground Festival offers a wide-ranging tapestry of choices to the lucky attendee. This year's Fertile Ground festival kicks off today, January 19, and runs until January 30. Take advantage of this amazing collective of artistic and performance-based talent and shake off your winter slumber! Comedy, dance, film, workshops, readings, ensemble and collaborative work...Fertile Ground has it all. Enjoy!
Fertile Ground Kickoff Party
Ready to get started with a bang?! Attend the Fertile Ground Kickoff Part this evening, Friday, January 19th, at 9:30 p.m. Presented by Portland Area Theatre Alliance, this FREE party event is the consummate chance to soak up some great art, mingle and meet friends to toast creativity in our great city. Details below:
Jan 19 @ 9:30pm
Location: Artists Repertory Theatre,
Alder Lobby, 1516 SW Alder St.
As noted on the FertileGroundPDX.org website:
This is a great opportunity for culture junkies to grab a drink, enjoy some complimentary pizza, compare notes and plot out what’s on the “must-see” list for FG18.
Entertainment will be provided by The Bylines with Reece Marshburn and Marianna Thielen.
The Bylines are a Portland-based band created by Reece Marshburn and Marianna Thielen, who write and perform sophisticated, jazz-inspired, story-driven pop music. Whether performing as a Thielen/Marshburn duo or with a larger band, the result is a blend of butter-smooth melodies, densely layered songwriting and powerful vocals. http://thebylines.com/
Pizza generously donated by Sizzle Pie.
FREE raffle, with tickets generously donated by:
Artists Repertory Theatre
Lakewood Center for the Arts
Portland Creative Conference
One of My Picks for 2018 Fertile Ground
Artists Repertory Theatre: Fully Staged World Premiere Jan 20,21
In 1985, scientists and engineers from around the world converge at the South Pole Research Station to figure out, among other things, if there really is a hole in the sky. In the darkest, coldest, most dangerous place on Earth, eight imperfect souls are trapped together. Utterly isolated from the outside world for eight and a half months, this research team must face life or death challenges, their own inner demons and depend upon each other for survival. A 5-act adventure, with a dinner break by an award-winning Oregonian playwright. NOTE: Runtime is approximately 6 hours. (Description & Image at left courtesy: FertileGroundPDX.org)
See 2018 Works (pan down for Magellanica) for details...
While the Fertile Ground Kickoff Party may be the ultimate "insider" spot to find out what not to miss in this year's festival, here are some important links that too will help you guide through the options and find what interests you: