Four Clever Ways you can be part of the 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival


Filmmakers, singer-songwriters, artists & more invited to participate

The 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival in Pittsfield, Mass. is one month away, but there are plenty of ways to become a participant in Berkshire County’s second annual winter contemporary arts festival. From a smartphone film festival and a call for PechaKucha presenters to calls for up-and-coming singer-songwriters and 10”x10” artworks, this is an arts festival with many opportunities to join in.

“The 10X10 festival was a huge success last year in part because there were so many opportunities for local artists, performers and filmmakers to participate,” noted Megan Whilden, Director of Cultural Development for the City of Pittsfield. “Over 120 new works were created for the festival and over 40 events were held. We’re expecting to see even more involvement and creativity this year!”


The Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) and the Beacon Cinema team up once again to present the Smartphone Film Festival—a fun take on the film festival scene. The BIFF is looking for submissions of films—10 minutes or less in length—shot using the iPhone, iPad and other versions of smartphones, including various alternative cinematic ‘apps’ to create a desired look or effect. Experimental, action, drama and even music videos are just some of the genres that will be considered. Films must be submitted to Lauren Ferin at lauren@biffma.orgby February 1, 2013. Selections will be announced in early February and will be screened at the Beacon Cinema during the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival. Sponsored by Mad Macs in Pittsfield, Mass., prizes will be awarded to the top three local submissions as chosen by their audiences. For more information on the Smartphone Film Festival, click here.


Berkshire Museum is seeking 10 presenters who want to change the world, shamelessly self-promote, share their passion or anything that will intrigue an audience as part of its popular international networking event PechaKucha. Loosely translating to “chit-chat” or “blah-blah” in Japanese, PechaKucha nights consist of a series of PowerPoint presentations, each six minutes and 40 seconds. The catch is that each presentation comprises of 20 slides, each projected for only 20 seconds, that progress automatically. The fifth installment of PechaKucha, titled (10+10) × (10+10), takes place on February 19 at 7pm as part of the10X10 Upstreet Winter Arts Festival. Presentations begin at 7:20pm. To sign up, email Craig Langlois at, including your name, the title of your presentation and a brief description on what you want to present of three sentences or less. Please confirm your presentation by January 30. PowerPoint’s are due February 15. To sample past PechaKucha presentations, click here.



The Marketplace Café is seeking 10 young singer-songwriters to perform in one of two special performances. Potential performers can be male or female. They must be under 30 years of age and be prepared to play 20 minutes of original music. Performances are scheduled to take place on Thursday & Friday, February 21-22 from 6:30pm-8:30pm, featuring five singer-songwriters each night. Each interested performer should submit a proposal including a bio, performance history and a sample of his or her music to by Friday, February 1, 2013. You may also drop a proposal off in person at The Marketplace Café at 53 North Street in Pittsfield, Mass. For more information on submitting a proposal for consideration for The Marketplace Café’s young artists’ showcase as part of the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival, click here or call 413-358-4777.


The Berkshire Art Association is seeking 10 inch by 10 inch original artworks to be donated for the 10×10 RAP (Real Art Party), created in collaboration with Storefront Artist Project and Berkshire Museuma fundraiser benefiting Berkshire County art students that will be held February 20th at the Berkshire Museum. Artists get a free ticket to PechaKuchaand will be listed on the Artist Registry at All artwork must measure 10 inches by 10 inches prepared for hanging or display. Artwork may be in any medium and should reflect the quality of your usual work. Artists may submit up to three pieces. To sign up, please submit your name, email address, website URL and title and medium for each piece to Artwork should be dropped off at the Berkshire Museum on February 10th or 11th between 1pm and 4pm. For more information on how to participate in 10×10 RAP, click here.

The 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival is a collaborative effort spearheaded by Barrington Stage Company and the City of Pittsfield and coordinated through a steering committee that includes the Beacon Cinema, Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF), Berkshire Museum, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts and the City of Pittsfield, Mission Bar + Tapas and yBar. Formerly 10×10 on North, the 2013 festival expands in size and geography to include more programming in venues throughout the city’s newly designated Upstreet Cultural District, including North and South Streets in Downtown Pittsfield. Berkshire Gas is the lead sponsor of the 2013 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival. Additional support is generously provided by the following sponsors: Massachusetts Cultural Council, Berkshire Magazine, The Berkshire Eagle, Lamar Advertising, Barrington Stage Company, and the City of Pittsfield. 2013 festival partners also include Alchemy Initiative, Barrington Stage Company, Berkshire Art Association, Berkshires Jazz, Berkshire Museum, Gallery 25, Hancock Shaker Village, the Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe, WAM Theatre, and WordXWord, as well as a comedy show presented by Thomas Attila Lewis. This year, the 2013 festival will also include a family arts component, as the festival takes place during February school break. Family programming participants include Berkshire Museum, Bisque, Beads & Beyond, Hancock Shaker Village and Miss Hall’s School.
Visit×10 or find 10×10 Upstreet on Facebook for more information about tickets and the schedule of events or contact the City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development at 413-499-9348 or

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