With devil-like features, he’s the dark counterpart of Saint Nicholas, following Mr. Clause around the world, warning and punishing bad children during the holiday season. His name is Krampus and he’ll be making an appearance in Ypsilanti December 11.
The Michigan Design Militia, the group responsible for organizing the Shadow Art Fair, has a reputation of “shaking things up” with each presentation of their event. From incorporating party buses, marching bands, sculpture races, and the screening of made-in-10-hours movies, to DJs, live band performances, puppet shows, and arts grants giveaways, the organizers are constantly throwing out new ideas to see what sticks. What they’ve come up with for this winter’s Shadow Art Fair is sure to turn fair-goers expecting the same ol’, same ol’ on their heels.
“What we’ve done is taken the vendor-based fair out of the game for this winter’s event and replaced it with something that really allows anyone in the community to show their artistic side. Everyone can participate in this winter’s Shadow!” explains Jennifer Albaum, one of the organizers of the Shadow Art Fair.” Each time we plan a Shadow, we’re trying to think of ways to expand our event deeper within the community. Ultimately, that’s what everyone wants, and we feel our solution does just that!”
Featuring DJs, dancing, a “prom pic” booth, cash prizes for the best costumes, parading through the streets of Ypsilanti, another fabulous Shadow Brew and more, this winter’s Shadow Art Fair is not even a fair – it’s a Krampus Costume Ball.
What was that about costumes? And what is a Krampus? Krampus is a German and central European mythical creature that represents a sort of anti-Santa Clause. In contrast to Santa’s gift-giving to good children, Krampus, a darker, scarier, incubus-like creature is a punisher of children who are bad, and is the central figure around this winter’s Shadow Art “Fair”
The costume ball is planned for the evening of December 11, from 8 – 11 p.m. at the Corner Brewery.
So instead of getting your application and your wares together for the Shadow Art Fair, and instead of saving your pennies to shop the artist’s tables, start working on your costume! Now! Because everyone’s an artist at this Winter’s Shadow Art Fair Krampus Costume Ball. All you have to do is show up and have fun.
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