Afterburn Announced as Official After Party of The Great Chicago Fire Festival

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Celebration to continue with top local musical talent, additional spectacles commemorating the strength and resurgence of Chicago

The Gathering Group today announced a partnership with Redmoon to present Afterburn, the official after party of the inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival.

The Great Chicago Fire Festival will celebrate both Chicago’s epic resurgence and strength after the Great Fire of 1871 and the grit displayed by the community in building anew. The festival will culminate in a procession of illuminated floating fiberglass sculptures, as well as a fire spectacle on the main branch of the Chicago River.

The celebration of the city’s resilience will carry on at Afterburn. The event will present well-known musical talent, spectacle entertainment from Redmoon performers, incredible Chicago gourmet street food, and signature cocktails. Afterburn will ensure an unforgettable experience centered on the great people and city of Chicago as part of this unique festival that will certainly become an annual tradition for many years to come.

Event Details:

What: Afterburn, the official after party of The Great Chicago Fire Festival

Who: The event is open to all attendees of The Great Chicago Fire Festival, as well as residents city-wide.

When: October 4, 2014 – 10:00pm-2:00am

Where: Redmoon Theater – 2120 S. Jefferson St., Chicago, IL 60616

To purchase tickets and learn more about Afterburn, please visit http://www.thegatheringgroup.com/afterburn.

Additional details about The Great Chicago Fire Festival can be found at http://www.chicagofirefestival.com.

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About The Great Chicago Fire Festival:
In partnership with the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District, Redmoon Theater presents The Great Chicago Fire Festival, celebrating Chicago’s epic resurgence and strength after the Great Fire of 1871, and the grit of its people that propelled us forward to build anew. Highlights of the Spectacle will include fiery cauldrons lowered from the bridges, hundreds of kayakers pulling flaming buoys and prairies gardens, and three floating sculptures resembling pre-1871 homes that will be set ablaze, each revealing a dramatic, symbolic interior core. The finale will feature a fireworks display set to music and a moving tribute to Chicago’s neighborhoods. The inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival will light up our city with a spectacle of fire on the Chicago River.

About The Gathering Group:
The Gathering Group’s mission is to revolutionize the live event and festival experience by embracing technology. In the era of online connections and social media, finding time to connect offline can be can be challenging. The Gathering Group aims to tie interactions across all mediums by leveraging social media to develop unique and powerful gatherings. Our passion is producing world-class events that transcend the typical and exceed the expected. For more information, visit http://www.TheGatheringGroup.com.

About Redmoon
Redmoon's mission is to transform the experience of Chicago through free large-scale theatrical events that promote community, creativity and an empowered democracy. Redmoon burst into Chicago’s cultural consciousness with its award-winning production of Moby Dick in 1995. While the indoor productions continued to receive critical acclaim and popular support, Jim Lasko chose to focus the theater’s energy outdoors, where Redmoon sought to deploy spectacle to bridge difference and transform the ways that people see and understand public spaces. Over the past 24 years, Redmoon has become a highly valued Chicago institution with its high-profile collaborations, vibrant outdoor performances and authentic community partnerships. In 2009, Lasko joined forces with long-time collaborator Frank Maugeri to co-lead Redmoon as it garnered international attention for its unique productions, site-specific performances and participatory events. Since 1991, Redmoon has performed for more than 350,000 people in 49 different neighborhoods in 186 public spaces.

For more information on Redmoon and its programs, visit http://www.redmoon.org.

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