Together Boston to take its art, music, and tech festival to Central Square

Scenes from the Hearthrob Reunion event at Middlesex during last year's Together Boston event. Photo by Nick Minieri.
Scenes from the Hearthrob Reunion event at Middlesex during last year's Together Boston event. Photo by Nick Minieri.

Clear your calendars: A synthesizer petting zoo is coming to Central Square this spring.

The event, which allow kids and adults to tinker with digital music instruments from different eras, will be among the many sessions hosted this year by Together Boston, the annual festival celebrating art, music, and technology that will be celebrating its sixth year this May. On Monday, the event’s founders announced a new partnership with Danger!Awesome, the recently expanded makerspace in Central Square, which will host many of the festival’s workshops and events.

The Together Boston celebration will run during the week of May 10–17, and host events at other locations throughout Cambridge, Boston, and Somerville, including Middlesex Lounge, the Middle East downstairs, and The Sinclair.

Events throughout the day will look at how music, art, and tech intersect, said Sarah Hoffman, the community development director at Mmmmaven, the Cambridge-based DJ school whose founders organized the festival. The evening performances will be a mix of artists and DJs, including the Boston-based spinning duo Soul Clap and Andy Stott, the UK techno producer whose latest album, “Faith in Strangers,” was among Pitchfork’s Best New Music picks last year.

As festivalgoers move between venues, they’ll be able to sample Mmmmaven’s “recharge lounge,” attend a “cryptoparty” to learn about how to avoid Web surveillance, watch 3-D printing demos at Danger!Awesome, and maneuver through a series of interactive art and music exhibits that will be stationed throughout the city. The synthesizer petting zoo promises to be a highlight, Hoffman said. “We’ll be turing Mmmmaven lab into an interactive station with different analog synthesizers and drum machines and electronic instruments that kids and adults can play around with.”

Hoffman also said that plans are in the works to create an entire family-dedicated day on Sunday to close the festival. Festival passes are $125 and are currently on sale; a full lineup of events will be finalized in early April.

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