Byrdcliffe Festival of the Arts

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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Comedy, Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Woodstock, New York, USA
Festival Contact Information

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild
34 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY 12498 USA
Phone: +01 845679-2079

Festival Description

The festival is organized by the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild and features a rich and diverse program of cabaret, theatre, music, workshops, film and more…

Festival Dates June 14 - 16, 2013
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Programming 2013:
  • Thirteen arts organizations will be presenting performances ranging from concerts, dance, stage plays, modern mystery, comedy and spoken word during what has become one of the most buzzed-about weekends here in the Hudson Valley.
  • Slated this year for June 14th-16th, the mission of the BFA is to embrace, celebrate and honor all of the performing arts in the tradition of Byrdcliffe and Woodstock. The Festival encompasses cutting edge and traditional acts, featuring local and internationally recognized players – and gives area artists an opportunity to play for larger, more diverse audiences while at the same time, brings in outside performers to enrich the already plentiful offerings of the Hudson Valley. The BFA takes its place among the new cultural traditions here in Woodstock, within the historic Byrdcliffe campus as well as in the town itself, long recognized around the world as the “colony of the arts”.
  • Attendees can choose from truly stand-out arts options, ranging from a site-specific installation and performance event inspired by the Robert Frost poem, In the Home Stretch, which will be created that week by an ensemble of NYC-based artists in residence at the art colony (Jess Smith) to a staged reading of the landmark equality play “8” by Academy Award Winner Dustin Lance Black, featuring players from the Yale School of Drama as well as local actors and volunteers (and as a nice local angle, net proceeds from “8” will be donated to The LGBTQ Center in Kingston, NY).
  • This year’s BFA will feature a world premiere by The Woodstock Players, Hitler’s Therapist, as well as another over-the-top late night show, Paul Green Presents Rocky Horror. Add to this a multi-award winning, one woman show on Grace Kelly (by actress Grace Kiley!), a hipster’s take on traditional fiddle (Cleek Schrey) and BFA favorites (stand-up comedy via The Woodstock Writers Festival, storyteller Gioia Timpanelli and the operatic stylings of Phoenicia Festival of the Voice) and it’s clear that attendees’ cups will surely runneth over.


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Practical Info:

Tickets 2013:
  • Tickets are either $20 a show or $100 for full festival pass and can be purchased at the website or at the door


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