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24-second hugs with a sibling in 24 cities in one day 


Edward Alan Feldman

Siblings Adrienne McIntosh and Brian Feldman practice their hug.

(CENTRAL FLORIDA)-What's the longest you've ever hugged your sibling? This National Siblings Day (Wednesday, April 10), award-winning performance artist Brian Feldman plans to hug his sister, Adrienne McIntosh, for 24 seconds. In 24 cities. In one day.

"24 Second Embrace" is the thrilling conclusion to the "24 Embrace Trilogy," following "24 Minute Embrace," Brian's 2015 project which featured him and his mother sharing a hug for 24 minutes in three cities (Orlando; Washington, D.C.; and Philadelphia) on Mother's Day, and "24 Hour Embrace (after Young Sun Han)," Brian's 2011 project which featured him and his father sharing a hug inside of a boxing ring for the full 24-hour duration of Father's Day.

Traversing 24 Central Florida cities in six counties, including every city in Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties (alphabetically: Altamonte Springs, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Casselberry, Clermont, Davenport, Daytona Beach, DeLand, Edgewood, Kissimmee, Lake Buena Vista, Lake Mary, Longwood, Maitland, New Smyrna Beach, Ocoee, Orlando, Oviedo, Sanford, St. Cloud, Winter Garden, Winter Park, and Winter Springs), each city visited as part of "24 Second Embrace" represents each hour of National Siblings Day, a real holiday "recognized annually in some parts of the United States on April 10, honoring the relationships of siblings. Unlike Mother's Day and Father's Day, it is not federally recognized, though the Siblings Day Foundation is working to change this."

The public is invited to view "24 Second Embrace" in almost all of the cities (exhaustingly detailed schedule provided); a few are restricted access or require going through security in order to view. Additionally, following the embrace in each city, the public is invited to give Brian and Adrienne a one second hug before they rush to the next city.

"24 Second Embrace" marks only the second time, in over 15 years of producing performance art events, that Brian Feldman Projects is presenting a project in multiple cities in a single day. It is also sets a new personal performance art record for him (24 cities in one day).

"Bring your siblings, if ya got 'em!" (Parents and grandparents welcome, too.)

The events are free, unless there is a parking or entrance fee.

7:03 a.m. (1st Embrace), Daytona Beach Boardwalk & Pier, 1200 Main St. Daytona Beach, FL 32118

8 a.m. (2nd Embrace), Atlantic Center for the Arts,1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168

Exact location: Outside, in front of the ACA logo made of steel at the main entrance. 

9 a.m. (3rd Embrace), Athens Theatre, 124 N. Florida Ave. DeLand, FL 32720

Exact location: Outside, on the street in front of the marquee.

10 a.m. (4th Embrace), Wekiwa Springs State Park, 1800 Wekiwa Cir. Apopka, FL 32712

Exact location: Outside, in front of the swimming springs.

This location has a $6 per vehicle entry fee for 2-8 people, $4 per single occupant vehicle, and $2 per pedestrian, bicyclist, or extra vehicle passenger.

10:30 a.m. (5th Embrace), Altamonte Mall, 451 E. Altamonte Dr., Altamonte Springs

Exact location: Outside, in front of the Level 1 mall entrance between Macy's and JCPenny.

11 a.m. (6th Embrace), Extended Stay America – Orlando – Lake Mary, 1036 Greenwood Blvd., Lake Mary

Exact location: Outside, in front of the building. 

11:30 a.m. (7th Embrace), Seminole State College of Florida,

100 Weldon Blvd. Sanford, FL 32773

Exact location: Inside, Building G, in front of the Harriett's Theatre marquee.

Noon (8th Embrace), Mini Storage Units, 104 Baywood Ave., Longwood

Exact location: Outside, in front of one of the storage units.

12:30 p.m. (9th Embrace), Semoran Skateway, 2670 Cassel Creek Blvd., Casselberry

Exact location: Inside, on the skating rink.

12:45 p.m. (10th Embrace), Adrienne & Brian's 3rd Childhood Home,

3919 Biscayne Dr. Winter Springs, FL 32708

Exact location: Outside, in front of the house. 

1 p.m. (11th Embrace), Tuskawilla Middle School, 1801 Tuskawilla Rd., Oviedo

Exact location: Outside, in front of the school sign on Tuskawilla Road.

1:30 p.m. (12th Embrace), Lake Howell High School, 4200 Dike Rd., Winter Park

Exact location: Inside, in the school's Black Box Theater

2 p.m. (13th Embrace), Jewish Academy of Orlando, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland

Exact location: Outside, in front of the building.

2:45 p.m. (14th Embrace), Twistee Treat of Ocoee, 1500 Maguire Rd., Ocoee

Exact location: Outside, in front of the ice cream cone shaped building.

3 p.m. (15th Embrace), Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden

Garden Theatre

Exact location: Outside, on the sidewalk in front of the marquee.

3:30 p.m. (16th Embrace), Presidents Hall of Fame, 123 Hwy 27 N, Clermont

Exact location: Outside, in front of the miniature Mount Rushmore.

4:15 p.m. (17th Embrace), Edgewood City Hall, 405 Larue Ave., Edgewood

Exact location: Outside, in front of the City Hall sign.

4:30 p.m. (18th Embrace), City of Belle Isle, 1600 Nela Ave., Belle Isle

Exact location: Outside, in front of the city clock.

5:30 p.m. (19th Embrace), Universal Studios Florida™, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando

Exact location: Outside, in front of the main entrance archway.

This location has a minimum $25 per vehicle parking fee, and requires going through security.

6:45 p.m. (20th Embrace), Monument of States, 300 E. Monument Ave., Kissimmee

Exact location: Outside, in front of the sculpture.

7:15 p.m. (21st Embrace), St. Cloud Twin Theatre, 1110 10th St., St. Cloud

Exact location: Outside, in front of the mural across the street (unless it's too dark).

8:45 p.m. (22nd Embrace), Adrienne's First House, 308 Highland Meadows Dr., Davenport

Exact location: Outside, in front of the house.

9:30 p.m. (23rd Embrace), Disney Springs, 1486 East Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista

Exact location: Outside, TBD.

Depending on the entrance, this location may require going through security

10:30 p.m. (24th Embrace), Magic Kingdom® Park, Bay Lake, FL (sorry there's no full address; it's the most visited theme park in the world)

Exact location: Outside, in front of the main entrance gates.

This location requires going through security.

Brian Feldman is an award-winning performance artist and actor. The recipient of two Arts and Humanities Fellowships in Theatre and a Projects, Events, and Festivals grant from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, a 2011 Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship (Interdisciplinary), and three grant awards from United Arts of Central Florida. He has also been named Best Performance Artist by Orlando Weekly and Washington City Paper.


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