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The nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center recently made a lot of people very happy by announcing the return of Aurora, an event that reimagines the Dallas Arts District as a canvas for local and international artists. The last time Aurora made an appearance, critics said that the “energy and excitement” made Aurora some of the “coolest art in Dallas.” Now, it’s back on October 16, 2015, and you are going to want to clear your calendar. Here’s why you’ve been hearing the Aurora buzz.

Yep, the buildings will be art.
If you saw one of the amazing videos of the iconic Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre changing shape right in front of your eyes, you know how art can inspire goosebumps and gasps – and we’ll have plenty more. The Arts District venues and lawns will serve as a vibrant, interactive exhibition, providing sights you won’t forget.

Aurora features block after block of awe-inspiring art installations.
Across the 19 city blocks of the Arts District, including Klyde Warren Park, dozens upon dozens of artists will be transforming public spaces – the Winspear Opera House, Wyly Theatre, Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas Museum of Art, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas City Performance Hall, St. Paul Methodist Church, Arts District Cathedral and more! It’s cultural eye candy that you can’t imagine. Make a night of it and walk your city with pride.

We’ve brought in the best curators from around the world.
An arts experience of this size isn’t done by accident. Aurora’s founders, Shane Pennington and Joshua King, have picked four rock stars of the art world to help them curate the event, including Dallas’ own Aja Martin. They will choose artists, from an international open call, to come create the many light and sound-fueled works that will dazzle viewers.

New to Aurora: The VIP experience and an afterparty.
For the first time, Aurora will have special corporate and VIP experiences throughout the event’s large Arts District footprint. And then, a ticketed afterparty with music, dance, food and beverages and special performances to keep Aurora rolling until the wee hours! These are still being created; but I can tell you, they will take Aurora to the next level.

Aurora supports emerging artists.
The AT&T Performing Arts Center is proud to offer opportunities for local artists to get involved in this event, including the students from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. In fact, Booker T. students will curate their own installations and get the opportunity to showcase their work among the other artists of Aurora.

There’s more information to come on Aurora, and be sure to like the Center’s Facebook and Twitter pages to stay up-to-date on the latest. You can also find more and sign up for updates at

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