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City of Night poised for its biggest year yet at Silo City

Silo City is fast becoming one of the city’s flagship cultural destinations, a place where Buffalo’s hyperactive performance and visual arts culture plays out against the static backdrop of its industrial history.

One of the reasons for the complex’s success is City of Night, the grassroots art festival that returns to the site for the third time on Saturday night. According to the event organizers, Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo, the event drew some 12,000 people last summer and expects to top that number this year.

This year’s festival will include performances and installations from more than 50 individual artists and groups as well as 464 Gallery’s Emerging Art Fair featuring work by up-and-coming Western New York artists. Food trucks also will be on hand to feed the hungry artgoing masses.

Event founder Dana Saylor said in a release that City of Night has “transformed so many people’s perception of Buffalo art and industrial heritage.

“Many feel that the innovative spirit of these early twentieth century giants can morph into a kind of laboratory for the arts and industry,” Saylor said. “As such, modern visionaries are utilizing the massive spaces for art installations, urban sport and heritage tourism.”

This year, organizers are mounting a VIP preview event from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday featuring food, beer, wine and music from DJ Spooky Business, for $100. The main event runs on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 1 the next morning. Silo City is at 100 Childs St. Visit

- Colin Dabkowski

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