The Pyrotopia Giveaway
Festival season is in full bloom, which means Pyrotopia Festival of Fire Arts is coming back to earn its “Best Festival” City Paper award again. Eric Singer, the man behind the project says,”[You] can come to Pyrotopia and see and participate in a fire, light, and electric art festival like nothing they’ve experienced before, or hear afterwards that [you] missed the most amazing event of the year in [your] own back yard.” Pyroptia is an 8-hour festival that celebrates all things fire, from art pieces, to performances, to interactive games to, of course, fireworks.
Eric gave us the scoop on how Pyrotopia came to be:
When I moved to Pittsburgh, I found a big fire performance scene, but virtually no fire art scene, such as sculpture, machine art, and interactive art incorporating fire. If you find Pittsburgh lacking in something, it’s fairly easy to start or create it yourself. So, I began giving a workshop called “Make Your Own Personal Flame Thrower” to teach the basics of fire art. Wanting to give students the opportunity to show their work, I got the idea to put on a small event. In short order however, the idea began to snowball and talented people started approaching me offering to help. What started as an idea for a small show in a parking lot, ultimately became the first Pyrotopia Festival of Fire Art attended by 4,000 people.
This year’s festival will include events like an acrobatic fire performance by Dakini Circus of Detroit, a fire performance with hooping by Pittsburgh native Kiyla Kitty, a fireworks display by VFI Fireworks, fire art by Toxic Bloom of Boston, Pandemic Pete DJing, and light/robotic art by Detroit’s Inflatoangels.
Eric decided the festival was going to expand this time around to include more electronic art:
I wanted to expand the festival to include work related to fire art. We’ll have a Tesla Coil (lightning generator) that plays music, electronically controlled fire games such as Flaming Simon and Riskee Ball, interactive LED and light installations, kids’ and family activities, including glow painting, LED art-making, light portraits, and neon face painting, and a few more surprises.
Pyrotopia 2014 is lighting up on Saturday, May 10th at its new permanent home near the Waterfront, Westfield Park in Munhall. The festival kicks off with Volcano Village from 12-4PM, a free event geared toward families and kids filled with games and performances. Once the sun sets, the festival will continue all night from 8PM-12AM with performances, exhibits, games, music, and food. Tickets for the night portion are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Kids are welcome to stay all night, with children 5 and under admitted for free.
You can also get a free Lyft to Pyrotopia courtesy of Nak You Out. All you need to do to redeem $20 in Lyft credit is download the app, then enter your credit card and the NAKYOUOUT code in the payment section.
You can purchase tickets here, but maybe you want to take a shot at our giveaway where we will be raffling off a pair of tickets to two of our readers. We will be notifying the winners via email, so keep a close eye on your inboxes. Good luck!