Like what you see on MN Original every Sunday? Need more local art in your life? Want to experience the Minnesota arts scene first-hand? Do you suffer from insomnia? If any of the above resonates with you, you’re in for a treat.

Ghosts of the Twin Cities.

MN Original and tpt are proud to sponsor Northern Spark 2013 in Lowertown, St. Paul. Not only will MN Original / tpt be the only media partner for the all-night arts festival, but we’ll also be presenting a live concert by Mayda during the opening ceremony to kick the festival off right. After that, tpt will open its doors to host an arts installation, Ghosts of the Twin Cities, right here at our Lowertown studios. TPT‘s Studio A, the largest TV studio in the state, will transform into a virtual time-traveling device through this interactive audio and video installation, which projects vintage TV footage from tpt‘s archives onto large-scale translucent panels. Meanwhile, motion-sensitive cameras create a ghostly live feed of onlookers, superimposed on footage from the past.

Festival attendees can also relax in the skyway outside our studios to view back-to-back segments of MN Original throughout the night. After all, it just wouldn’t be a great local arts festival without MNO championing the cause!

Jim Campbell, Scattered Light, Upper Landing, Northern Spark, 2011. Photo: Dusty Hoskovec.

Northern Spark, now in its third year, is a free, all-night arts and music festival. Each year, the festival collaborates with organizations and artists to sponsor and facilitate arts projects around the city.

In years past, the festival has featured over 200 artists, 52 cultural organizations and 40,000 attendees in both Minneapolis and St. Paul. Not too shabby.

This year’s festival will begin at sunset (8:58 p.m.) on June 8 and go until sunrise on June 9. Visit the Northern Spark website for more information.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more updates and exciting announcements regarding this partnership and the highly anticipated tpt / MN Original installation and concert.

You can also re-live the magic of Northern Spark 2012 by reading MN Original’s blog post from last year and checking out photos in our flickr gallery.

Join us on June 8! And (pardon our French) viva la Minnesota arts and music!