Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach 2016 will kick off on Friday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. with the return of the Curator’s Tour.

Led by artist and Digital Graffiti Curator Brett Phares, the tour offers a behind-the-scenes look at all artwork featured at the festival. Phares will lead discussions for selected pieces throughout the evening. Additionally, attending artists will be on hand to discuss their work in depth with guests.

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New this year, local restaurants will showcase their culinary creations alongside the incredible art. Participating restaurants include: Caliza, George’s at Alys Beach, Bud & Alley’s, Cuvee 30A, Trebeaché, and Sweet Henrietta’s. Cathead Vodka and Donner-Peltier Distillers will serve signature cocktails, Idyll Hounds Brewing will be on hand with select beers. All food and beverage are included in the ticket price. In addition to the displays of juried artwork, the tour will also feature a virtual floor where attendees can interact with artwork and play games, a Digital Graffiti Wall for guest-made artwork, and other interactive pieces. Digital studio Nota Bene from Istanbul will be showcasing their recent work “In Order to Control”.

Brett Phares, who has curated Digital Graffiti since its inception in 2008, is a visual artist working in computer visualization and installation. With more than 20 years in interactive media, he has created innovative projects for some prominent international brands, much of which informs the visual syntax of his personal work. Mr. Phares holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Integrated Media Arts, and a Masters of Arts in Art History, Theory and Criticism from SUNY Stony Brook.

Individual tickets for the Curator’s Tour are for $125 (21+) for adults and $35 for those 20 and under. Tickets for the tour are also included in several of the festival ticket packages. All tickets are available for purchase here.

Digital Graffiti will be held May 13-15, 2016 at Alys Beach. To learn more, please visit digitalgraffiti.com.