WASHINGTON – The Five Senses Festival will happen in July and August at Spring Hill Vineyard, 292 Bee Brook Rd.

The festival, created by dance company Pilobolus together with Spring Hill Vineyards, Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia and a group of strong community supporters, is in its second year.

The festival presents music and dance concerts, interactive art, family activities, locally-sourced and crafted food and creative conversation over three summer weekends in Washington.

The theme of the 2019 event is Connect/ReConnect, encouraging guests to explore a variety of performances and activities that allow them to experience themselves and others more fully through senses. 

The funds raised at the kick-off gala allow the event to offer free and low-cost programming to the community for the entire festival, welcoming people of all ages to enjoy food, music, dance, ideas and art with refreshed senses from sunrise to sundown. 

There are five main tracks of programming this summer including performance, Tent Talks, wellness, kids and family workshops and food and drink.

The Five Senses Ball, in support of the Five Senses Festival, kicks off the festivities on Saturday, July 20 and features cocktails, dinner and performances by writer Claire Messud.

Events during the week include:

On Sunday, July 21, the opening ceremony with Pilobolus’ Abigail Washburn and a surprise guest performance; a Tent Talk by novelist Claire Messud on the role of beauty in writing and life; a community square dance and a concert by multi-Grammy Award-winning banjo players Béla Fleck, Abigail Washburn and friends.

On Friday, July 26, a Tent Talk by portrait photographer Mark Seliger as he presents a short film and portraits from Christopher Street in New York highlighting how the neighborhood has for years been a home to people in the world who did not find a place elsewhere; a concert by Colombian jazz harpist Edmar Castañeda and his trio and a dance party in the Amphitheater with Tijuana-based group Nortec Collective.

On Saturday, July 27, a performance and workshop titled Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial arts performance with expert artists from Bahía, Brazil; the Pilobolus Family Show; the Tent Talk Identity - What makes me, me? with best-selling author Dani Shapiro and guests; a concert by the Bossa Nova band A Lua Alicia and a concert by Nano Stern Trio.

On Sunday, July 28, the Tent Talk Cooking and Songs; the workshop Collaborative Songwriting with Grammy-nominated songwriter Terry Radigan and the concert Big Band Classics and Covers with soul singer C.C. White and Julian Fleisher.

On Friday, August 2, a Tent Talk featuring a discussion and reading of never-before-published work with bestselling novelist Nicole Krauss; Draftsmen and Dancers: Artists from the New York Academy of Art and the concert Sacred Music in the Amphitheater.

On Saturday, August 3, a Tent Talk workshop on smell, taste and touch with sensory experts in wine and perfume and a concert by Gothic singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah and Grammy-winning cellist Ben Sollee.

On Sunday, August 4, the Next Generation, a performance of young local artists from across the disciplines and a full-length Pilobolus performance of classics and pieces of new work created during the festival.

All seven festival days offer Morning Meditation with Jampa Stewart and yoga with Lela Ilyinsky; morning and afternoon childcare; assorted arts activities for children and families with Jessica Russell of A.R.T.R.O.O.M. Atelier and festival artists in residence and food and drink by festival chef Cassandra Purdy.  

The festival events will be held rain or shine. There is limited parking available on site and carpooling is encouraged. 

Those seeking additional information, to see the full programming line-up or to purchase tickets may visit https://www.fivesensesfestival.com/ball or https://www.fivesensesfestival.com/schedule.

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