Start it up: Kickstarter fest shows off local creators

Start it up: Kickstarter fest shows off local creators

There is no kicking back at this festival!

Popular crowd-funding company Kickstarter will host a hands-on interactive festival in Fort Greene Park on July 30, showcasing the work of Brooklyn creators who have successfully funded their campaigns. The organizers of the Kickstarter Summer Festival say that it will give visitors a chance to see, touch, and taste the products that have come from out of the service.

“We just want people to see the awesome things that creative people have brought to life with the help of the community, and to have a chance to experience them in real life,” said Margaret Raimondi, events coordinator for the Greenpoint company.

Among the Brooklyn groups that have used Kickstarter is the Royal Palms Shuffleboard club, which will set up two 60-foot shuffleboard courts on the park lawn. The owner of the club said that she is happy to give back to those who helped the club get its start.

“We were partially funded by Kickstarter so we were excited when we were asked to participate,” said Ashley Albert. “It’s going to be a fun event – we love of idea of being a part of this community.”

Other games at the event include an “Escape the Tent” challenge, and a “life-size” version of the card game Exploding Kittens, for which where each card is about five feet tall.

The festival will also feature a performance from the House of Yes aerial venue, light-up art installations from local companies Splyt Light and Hybycozo, and food from the Cinnamon Snail vegan food truck and Brooklyn Soda Works, among many others.

Festival organizers hope that seeing creators show off their accomplishments will encourage more creativity from Brooklynites.

“The goal of this event is to celebrate the creative, courageous, and exciting projects that have been funded by the Kickstarter community,” said Raimondi. “We really hope it will just encourage more creativity and community.”

Kickstarter Summer Festival at Fort Greene Park [Washington Park between Myrtle and Dekalb avenues in Fort Greene, (201) 414–2105, www.kickstarter.events/kickstarterfest]. July 30, 5–11 pm. Free.

You light up my life: The creators of Splyt Light will install light-filled structures at the Kickstarter Summer Festival on July 30.
Noah Kalina

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