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Each September, Portland plays host to the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time-Based Art Festival (TBA), a citywide convergence of contemporary performance and visual art that draws artists and audiences from around the world.
From early morning workshops to daytime gallery exhibits, evening performances and midnight concerts, TBA offers activities and creativity for every audience. With a slate of significant emerging artists and established masters, the 2011 edition has been called "America’s best contemporary performance festival of the summer" by Claudia La Rocco of The New York Times.
This year's lineup includes a computer-animated opera; an inflatable, pink elephant bouncy castle; an outdoor dance on Central Eastside loading docks; a participatory, all-ages, cable-access variety show; and an ambitious, 24-hour monologue by preeminent storyteller Mike Daisey.
Slated for Sept. 8-18, 2011, TBA brings to town some of the best and most provocative contemporary artists, positioning Portland as a cultural destination with a distinct local identity on the national and international art scenes.