Saturation is a DIY art and music festival that occurs annually in Riverside, CA. Events are held at venues around downtown Riverside, with a majority of the participants based in the Inland Empire. This year Saturation Fest will be held May 26-30, 2011. Saturation includes concerts, film, workshops, exhibitions, guerilla shows, organized bike rides, and handcrafted art. Organizers are currently recruiting venues, bands, artists, volunteers, vendors and event curators.
Saturation was started by Alaska Whelan in 2001. “I launched Saturation fest as a weekend event of every local band and artist I knew, and people were really excited about it,” says Whelan. The audience has steadily grown over the last 9 years, going from a few hundred the first year to about 10,000 in 2008. “It has grown to the massive project it is now because people believe in it, and they look forward to it, and they get involved and contribute and play.”
As a mostly all-ages and largely cost-free festival, Saturation pushes for the de-commodification of culture, concentrating instead on the value of the experience. Saturation is a Do-It-Yourself festival, meaning that it is participant-created. Organizers work behind the scenes to connect venues, performers, artists, art vendors, event curators and volunteers. The 2010 organizers are Angela X. Chaos, Jon Roach Brosius, Talene Salmaszadeh, Andrew Barsoum, Amanda Millar, Elliot Fong, and Micah Carlson. The organizers are hearing from anyone interested in participating in Saturation 2010, as an artist, event curator, visual artist, handmade art vendor, performer, or a potential venue. Interested participants are asked to register their interests here. The festival organizers will meet in April to review applicants.