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San Francisco rings in New Year's Eve at the Sea of Dreams

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One of the most celebrated annual New Year's Eve events in San Francisco is the 14th annual Sea of Dreams. Being held this year at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the theme is "VibrantSea." With three stages playing host to more than a dozen bands and performance artists.

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The theme of VibrantSea, as expressed by the producers is:

That which calls us home to the ocean of DELIGHT … into that energetic realm of felt EXPERIENCE that even a child can recognize by its EXUBERANCE, PULSATION, ANIMATION, PLAYFULNESS, SPIRIT and SPARKLE!

Bring it with you when you come, and share it freely! Do that and how can you and yours not enter into the new year with more JOY than you left the old one?

This year's event marks the addition of production partner Another Planet Entertainment along with the move to their new venue at the historic Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. With APE's production chops, the lineup of talent has been stepped up, and the crazy-sexy music choices that have long set the tone for the Sea of Dreams will again be the reason that thousands of revelers will join in the fun.

The musical lineup will include Thievery Corporation, Little Dragon, A-Trak, Dillon Francis, Emancipator, LowRIDERz, Rob Garza, Minnesota, J. Philip, and Worthy.

Performance artists and art will be everywhere as well as on the stages. They have brought together some of the best local and national circus and dance troupes and performers that will take everything to the next level - rocking the art-house punch to all of the beautifully dressed stages and spaces of the venue. Stiltwalkers and fire dancers, contact jugglers and go-go dancers - there'll be sexy and amazing scenes everywhere.

In response to being asked about wearing costumes, the producers have commented:

You don't have to, but you’re going to want to. In past years, as many as 90% of Sea of Dreams attendees have come in costumes, often displaying original works they have designed themselves. It’s part of the creativity and fun that makes this event so special, and so unique. Like Burning Man and many other Bay‐Area events, only HALF the entertainment happens on stage. Do your worst!

The latest complete schedule of events can be found here, and tickets (both general admission as well as VIP packages) are available from Ticketmaster.

The event is again celebrated in memory of Mark Bava, Chris Bava, and Cat Asche, who tragically lost their lived in an auto accident in late 2012. Mark was the spirit and energy of the Sea of Dreams, and the event's continuation helps keep their memories alive.

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