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April 3, 2024

Knockdown Center Announces Second Outline Festival of 2024, Presented in Partnership with Saint Vitus

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March 5, 2024

WIRE FESTIVAL Returns to Knockdown Center, May 16-19: Lineup Includes Techno's Most Essential Artists, Talks & More

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December 20, 2023

Knockdown Center Welcomes More Than 370,000 Attendees Across 215+ Events, Making 2023 Its Biggest & Busiest Year To Date

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December 12, 2023

Knockdown Center Announces First Outline Festival of 2024, Featuring Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Low's Alan Sparhawk, Marina Herlop & Maria BC on February 24th

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Featuring programming of diverse formats and media, Knockdown Center aims to create a radically cross-disciplinary environment. The particularity of our architectural environment and history leads us to gravitate toward projects that demonstrate a sensitive reactivity to site and environment. This 50,000 square-foot building has seen continuous use for more than 100 years: first as the Gleason-Tiebout glass factory, then as Manhattan Door factory. It is named for the Knock-Down door frame that was invented here in 1956 by Samuel Sklar and remains an industry standard to this day. The frame could be shipped in pieces — or “knocked down” — and installed into existing walls, revolutionizing the speed and efficiency of building construction. The factory has since remained in the Sklar family and is again a site for innovation. Having undergone a renovation that is equal parts preservationist and state of the art, Knockdown Center now produces and hosts cultural events and exhibitions that respond to its unique architecture and dimensions.



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