The Detroit Design Festival and Detroit Creative Corridor Center are combining with the Eastern Market Corporation to host the fifth annual Eastern Market After Dark event on Sept. 22, according to the Eastern Market website.
The event will feature many local artists, vendors and designers who partner with local corporations and companies to promote their works and crafts.
“There are material vendors, antiques and craftsmen who make tables, chairs and jewelry—a little of everything,” said Lonni Thompson, Sunday street market manager at the Eastern Market Corporation and Wayne State graduate.
According to the 2016 event program guide, 23 vendors have committed to the evening. In addition, the event will consist of the Detroit Design Ball in Shed 5, the marketplace and food trucks in Shed 4 and the American Institute of Architects’ Celebration of Architecture in Shed 3.
“Every chapter of the AIA puts on an honor awards ceremony for architecture,” said Lauren Myrand, the executive director of AIA Detroit. “In 2013, we partnered with the DDF and DC3 to move our honor awards to Shed 3 and create a celebration of architecture.”
“The first half is an incredible way to network with engineers and architects to contract workers and designers, and [it] is a great way to meet people in the community,” Myrand said. “The collaboration across creative disciplines is very magical.”
Jessica Malouf, the marketing and communications director at DC3, said that when the event started in 2012 there was no brand activation.
“Every year [the event] has significantly grown. Sponsors have access to designers they would not have known about and these designers have a huge opportunity to work with large corporations,” Malouf said.
Some of the corporate sponsors are Chrysler Group, LLC, and Art Van, as well as the AIA.
Thompson said that though she looks forward to the light show and techno music under Shed 3, her favorite part of the Eastern Market After Dark event is Murals in the Market.
“We have about 12 to 13 thousand RSVPs and expect about 6,000 to 7,000 people,” said Malouf. “This event is one of the biggest events we program for and our audience is very widespread.”
“We will definitely draw as many people as the Eastern Market does on a weekend,” she said.
Malouf said that all of the studios, galleries and restaurants that are usually open during the weekend markets will be open late.
“This event will emphasize the creativity of the designers and artists in the Eastern Market,” she said.
The AIA event starts at 7 p.m. in Shed 3 and requires a ticket for entry for the first hour and a half. A student discount is offered, making the price of entry $15 with a valid student identification card. The event opens to the public starting at 8:30 p.m.