Here’s a fabulous idea: Get the word out to artsy-types of all stripes about an evening of free food and booze and music and watch the cross-polination emerge like a fifth grade science experiment.
Culture Collision started last year as a way to introduce members of different artistic milieus to each other, with the hope that participation and attendance at each other’s events would increase. Imagine opera patrons rubbing elbows with street performers.
Apparently last year was a huge success. So they’re doing it again–this evening at 6, at NOMA.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
This unique event brings together New Orleans’ cultural organizations for a one of a kind happy hour designed to encourage participation and involvement in the New Orleans art scene. Over 1,300 people turned out for last year’s event, and due to that overwhelming success, this year’s Culture Collision has been expanded to accommodate the crowds. Participating organizations will now have tables on the first and second floors of the great hall, and additional food and beverage providers will be located throughout the venue. In addition, the after-party in the Sculpture Garden will allow for additional networking opportunities once the great hall is closed. Admission to the event is free, and attendees will have the opportunity to scope out upcoming events, take advantage of exclusive ticket promotions, and meet like-minded arts lovers. There will be performances by the acoustic duo, Courtyard Kings, and the after-party will feature the musical stylings of DJ Matty, favorite at local nightspots, including The Saint, Mimi’s, and The Saturn Bar. Light fare will be provided by Café Degas, Eat NOLA, Matt and Naddie’s, and Ralph’s on the Park, and several cash bars will also be available. Giveaways courtesy of participating organizations will be ongoing throughout the evening.