First-ever giant sing-along planned at Minnesota State Fair
In the tradition of the Great Minnesota Get-Together, visitors to the 2011 State Fair are invited to enjoy the magic of singing together in the first-ever Giant Sing Along. A field of microphones will welcome everyone to sing their lungs out to this year's voted hits, karaoke style. A large screen will feature the lyrics of modern and nostalgic songs. Software magic will help everyone sing in unison. Minnesota home-grown Bremer Bank is sponsoring the fair's newest attraction.
The repertoire of Giant Sing Along songs will be chosen by fair fans. To share song ideas and cast a vote visit www.mnstatefair.org now through July 1.
The Giant Sing Along will be located on Murphy Avenue, across from the Pet Center. It's free and open to all guests each day of the 2011 Minnesota State Fair.
The fair's new participatory public art experience was created by Montreal-based artists Mouna Andraos and Melissa Mongiat. The Giant Sing Along is presented by Bremer Bank in collaboration with Northern Lights.mn, the Minnesota State Fair and contributors to the Minnesota State Fair Foundation.
Andraos and Mongiat come from the fields of interaction design and narrative environments, and research new ways to tell stories. Regarding the fair's Giant Sing Along, Andros and Mongiat said, "Building on the contagious, positive energy of the fair, participants will connect with one another by sharing in a collective and moving musical experience. This uplifting activity is accessible to all and designed with the goal of inspiring guests to do something in unison." The two design large-scale projects that impact cities down to tiny ones that fit inside a pocket, bringing art to everyday life and inviting the public to become active contributors. More of their work can be found at livingwithourtime.com.
Northern Lights.mn is a collaborative, interactive media-oriented arts agency that presents art in the public sphere, including the Northern Spark Festival, focusing on artists creatively using technology, both old and new, to engender new relations between audience and artwork. For more information, visit northern.lights.mn.
Bremer Financial Corporation is headquartered in St. Paul, Minn. and provides a comprehensive range of banking, services to its nearly 100 locations in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. The Otto Bremer Foundation distributes charitable grants to Bremer Bank communities. For more information, go to bremer.com.
The Minnesota State Fair Foundation develops projects and raises funds for capital and program improvements on the fairgrounds, including cultural and artistic expressions like the Giant Sing Along. For additional information, visit msffoundation.org.
The Minnesota State Fair is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting nearly 1.8 million visitors annually. Showcasing Minnesota's finest agriculture, art and industry, the Great Minnesota Get-Together is always Twelve Days of Fun Ending Labor Day. The 2011 Minnesota State Fair runs Aug. 25-Labor Day, Sept. 5. Visit mnstatefair.org.