Swoon House photo by Mitch Cope

The Porous Borders Festival (PBF) is a two-day public art festival that will take place along the entire border between Hamtramck and Detroit in May 16-17, 2015. Curated by The Hinterlands, PBF will use installation, performance, spectacle, and public engagement to explore the unique municipal boundary cutting across Michigan’s most internationally diverse zip-code. Visitors and residents alike will viscerally experience this invisible marker between Detroit and Hamtramck through a celebration of the unique spatial and cultural interactions between these two communities.

The festival will kick off with a community pageant down Carpenter Street, followed by performance events held at multiple venues along the common border. Expect to see everything from architectural installation along the railway or be guided on a stream of consciousness walking tour of a bisected neighborhood. While PBF focuses on art, it leaves room for a greater discussion around history, urban planning, interdependence, and identity in a metro area where invisible borders have had great implications on the development of the region.

All events will be walk-able, free and family-friendly. Go to the official Porous Borders Festival website now!

PBF is a 2013 winner of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge (Detroit) and is recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts 2014 Our Town grant. Help us meet our match through our fiscal sponsor the Miami Foundaiton – donate here!

Visit the Festival Website NOW