Winter Arts Festival to be held February 14-24, 2013 in Downtown Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District

(PITTSFIELD, MA) The 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival features over 70 events during Pittsfield’s second annual contemporary winter arts festival February 14-24, 2013. The 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival features dozens of artists, actors, musicians, writers, comedians and more.

“We were thrilled with the success of last year’s festival,” said Barrington Stage Artistic Director Julianne Boyd. “We are looking forward to an even bigger and more dynamic festival this year, with over 70 events – many for the entire family – for both visitors to Pittsfield and year-round residents, too.”

Highlights of the festival include Barrington Stage Company’s 10X10 New Play Festival, featuring ten new ten minute plays, chosen from over 180 entries; two 10×10 comedy shows, each featuring ten up and coming comedians; the 10X10 RAP (Real Art Party) organized by Berkshire Art Association and the Storefront Artist Project; Alchemy Initiative and WAM Theatre’s creative exploration of women’s lives through the decades via new art and performance; and the Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe’s heroic attempt at improvising ten classic musicals in one performance at the Colonial Theatre.

New this year are a variety of family friendly daytime activities, perfect for a week when many schools are on vacation.  They include daily arts projects at Bisque, Beads & Beyond, daily adventure play at the Berkshire Museum, a teen art show at Pittsfield City Hall, a program of ten Shaker dances and songs at Treehouse Children’s Boutique, and a concert at Berkshire Music School.

The 10X10 Upstreet Festival has also expanded to include a number of new partners, including the Berkshire Theatre Group, Hancock Shaker Village, Berkshire Museum, the Berkshire Art Association, Alchemy Initiative, WAM Theatre and more.

The 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival is organized by the City of Pittsfield and Barrington Stage Company. Berkshire Gas is the lead sponsor and additional support is generously provided by the following sponsors: Greylock Federal Credit Union, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Berkshire Magazine, The Berkshire Eagle, Lamar Advertising, Performances and events will take place every day during the festival. For more information and to see a full events schedule, visit discoverpittsfield.com/10×10 or call 413-499-9348.