Prelude: A Preview of Aurora 2017

Patrons walk on the reflecting pool and have their pictures made with "Arbor Borealis," a three-dimensional grid of RGB LED spheres by artist Audiopixel & Aaron Wilson, during Aurora 2013 in the Dallas Arts District.

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The AT&T Performing Arts Center campus and Meyerson Symphony Center will be ground zero for two nights of free light-, video- and sound-based immersive art installations, the first time the biennial Aurora festival has hosted an off-year event. There will be eight significant works in the ephemeral exhibit. The Dallas Morning News is the event's founding media partner.

Admission is free, but tickets can be reserved online in advance for timed entry.

Live music will precede each night of Prelude:
Friday, October 21: Brave Combo - 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. - Strauss Square
Saturday, October 22: Larry g(EE) - 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. - Strauss Square

Family Evening: 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 -- Children and families are invited to arrive early for free family activities and live entertainment in Strauss Square. In the spirit of Prelude, kids can create their own light-based art works and participate in other interactive activities with the Center’s teaching artists. Families can pick up a free family guide to help navigate the Prelude exhibition, which opens to the public at 8 p.m.

A VIP experience called Art Bar – Powered by Reliant will be inside the Winspear Opera and will feature a light installation titled The Future by Dallas artists Alicia Eggert and Safwat Saleem and will include complimentary drinks, appetizers by Wolfgang Puck Catering, private restrooms and elevated views of the PRELUDE art outside. Tickets are $55 per person.

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