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Boston Decompression 2017: Black & White

November 18, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - November 19, 2017 @ 1:00 am

Black & white is striking. Black & white is impactful! It can affect us as elementally as a piano melody. Even amidst our modern technicolor world a black & white photograph or film conveys deep meaning and significance to us, arresting us, pulling us into its expressive sharp balance. This complimentary balance, duality, polarity and interdependence are both qualitatively and quantitatively symbolized in Chinese philosophy by a now familiar black & white circle. Like text on the page of a book we get to interpret our own meanings to this. As it happens the distinction and interconnectedness of black & white remains deeply woven in sharp relief across our cultural milieu. As we consider this, what interpretations and meanings will we lend to ourselves, to our community, to others and to our shared culture? Let us be bold! Let us stand out! Let us appreciate our own colorful uniqueness and distinction while understanding and celebrating our collective interdependence in beautiful balance and harmony. As a Queen moves across the chessboard, let us choose our own direction. One that furthers our ideal towards radical inclusivity. On Saturday November 18th, let us come together and celebrate in high contrast all that is shared, all that is balanced, all that is equal, and all that is Black & White! Black tie very optional.

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION   Boston Decompression happens only if you help to make it happen! There are many ways one can contribute, please consider participating in one of the following ways:

ART & FIRE ART   Bring your Art to Decom! Bring your FIRE ART to Decom! We may even be able to help you transport it! Fill out your art and fire art submissions in the linked form. 

MUSIC   Perform music at Decom! We are looking for live bands, DJ’s and other music performers. Submissions will be open until Friday, November 3rd. Music submission form: https://goo.gl/forms/xNibujFwdoWJJ4ax2

FIRE PERFORMANCE   For the first time we will have fire performances! Let us know if you’d like to spin/perform with fire at Decom. Submissions close Saturday, November 4th: https://goo.gl/forms/udAhZnQlLg6NSwZA2

PERFORMANCE :: Non-fire performances of all kinds are welcome as well, including but not limited to aerials and circus performance. Please let us know what kind of non-fire performance you’d like to have at Decom here:

VOLUNTEERS  Want to help make Decom happen by volunteering at the event or at some point over the weekend of the event? A lot of help will be needed, but please sit tight for the moment. A call for volunteers will be coming out very shortly. THANK YOU!


  • Online tickets for Boston Decompression 2017: Black & White are $24 plus fees will be available on Eventbrite.
  • Ticket prices go up to $30 plus fees at 6pm on November 12th.
  • There are a limited number of lower priced tickets available for artists, musicians, volunteers and other particiants who need a disounted ticket. Please email tickets@blackrockeast.com
  • Tickets may sell out so buy your ticket now!

AGES  21+  (Depending on the regulations of the alcohol vendor, we may be able to allow those 18 and older to attend. We will update the information as soon as possible. Please email decom2017@blackrockeast.com

WHAT TO BRING   The Steel Yard is entirely outdoors, so get out your fuzzy playa coat! There will be fire art, burn barrels, and heaters to keep us warm. Bring a cup! Bring gifts! Participate! Also, don’t forget to bring your ticket code (on your phone or printed out,) your ID, and cash/credit cards for food and drinks.


November 18, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
November 19, 2017 @ 1:00 am
Event Category:


Black Rock East


The Steel Yard, 27 Sims Ave, Providence, RI 02909
27 Sims Ave Providence, RI 02909 United States + Google Map