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RE:NEW Festival Pittsburgh, 9 September to 9 October, 2016
A month long celebration of creative recycling, transformation and sustainability in Pittsburgh, featuring an international Drap-Art exhibition as a key pillar

Pittsburgh is a city of renewal, in which art and culture are engines of change. The City's commitment to the arts, paired with internationally-recognized sustainable practices is among the reasons the city is recognized as one of the world's best places to live and visit.

Once a smoky city of heavy industry where the skies darkened with soot at midday, Pittsburgh has emerged as a reinvented post-industrial city committed to sustainability, green building, new urbanism. After a precipitous decline during the collapse of the American steel industry, creative Pittsburghers have redefined the city's economy through technology, design, and adaptive reuse. With the completion of one of the world's greenest skyscrapers, the new Tower at PNC Plaza, at its urban core, and renewed commitment from government, business, philanthropic and nonprofit communities, Pittsburgh is uniquely positioned to develop a new conversation around what it means to reclaim, redefine, and reinvent. It's in this spirit that a group of cross sector civic leaders have collaborated to present the Re:NEW Festival, a month-long, city-wide celebration of Creative Recycling, Transformation and Sustainability slated for September 9 - October 9, 2016.

As Pittsburgh experiences a resurgence, this collaborative new festival reflects the city's forward thinking arts and culture, creative industries, and sustainable technologies. A key pillar of the Re:NEW Festival is the North American premiere of Drap-Art, the International Festival of Recycling Art, held annually in Barcelona. This international exhibition, curated by Founder and President Tanja Grass, will set the stage for dynamic programming, including art exhibits within both conventional galleries and alternative urban spaces, immersive public art, tours of reclaimed industrial sites, markets of upcycled goods, films, performances, and environmental trade expos that showcase the festival's themes of creative recycling, and transformation. Cultural tourists, industry professionals, artists and regional residents are expected to attend the month-long festivities.

A cross sector group of civic leaders instrumental in the city's resurgence have joined to deliver the Re:NEW Festival as an expression of just how far the city has evolved: Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Sustainable Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Resources Council, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, VisitPITTSBURGH, and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.