Williamsburg, NY next month will again play host to the 3-day spectacle that is the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, taking place in a 40,000 sq ft warehouse with 30ft ceilings on the waterfront. This recurring nighttime market readies for the holidays with an extravagant showcase for independent artists, crafters, chefs, designers, and musicians.
Founder and Brooklynite Aaron Broudo drew his inspiration for the event from Southeast Asian night markets - where a manic energy infuses with music as locals and tourists sample dishes and bargain for objects. Brooklyn’s version is a mega-pop-up platform that commingles indie music, handmade zines, homegrown jams, projected art videos and giant helium balloons.
An equally unlikely inspiration, incorporated into the founder’s thoughts, is from the set design of Lars Von Trier’s film ‘Dogville’, which acted as a basing for the layout of this makeshift arena. With considerable crowds expected to return, ensuring the maximum potential audience for each attraction became a key priority.
Broudo has tapped Ken Farmer, the Creative Director of Nuit Blanche New York (NBNY), to orchestrate the artistic vision behind this part street fair, part art fair, and part concert to take place over the three nights of 15th-17th December. Highlights include: a curated vendor area of innovative retail entrepreneurs, such as: Playbutton, Kill Devil Hill, and Sit & Read; an artist-designed half pipe that will double as the music stage; as well as video installations and light projections curated by NBNY, the group who helmed the ‘Bring to Light’ festivals in Greenpoint.
Architect Julien De Smedt, whose recent ski jump in Norway garnered numerous awards, has been commissioned to masterplan the market and design special furniture for the space: “Brooklyn Night Bazaar re-imagines the sights, sounds and smells of the market and provides an environment that supports the local creative economies by encouraging artistic expression.”