Breckenridge International Festival of Arts August 9-18, 2019
Adventure + Play + Creativity
One of Breckenridge's newest Summer Installations, the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (informally referred to as BIFA) has joined the ‘cultural fray’ by presenting one of the newest multidisciplinary arts festivals in the U.S.! Back for its fifth year, this multi-arts program of extraordinary events in spectacular places and spaces across Breckenridge is a 10-day festival inspired by the themes of environment and mountain culture in Breckenridge. This remarkable event brings together a variety of performances, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, talks and collaborations along with an eclectic mix of music, dance, visual arts and family entertainment.
The event definitely has a ‘Breckenridge feel’ with art exhibits that link closely with the natural environment. From a number of free outdoor musical performances in the new Breckenridge Arts District campus to an exciting lineup of local, national and global talent as well as a truly unique program entitled Trail Mix. Quickly becoming a significant addition to the state’s festival landscape as well as a premier destination event, BIFA promises to be a one of a kind experience that you will not want to miss this Summer!
Overview of Events 2019 :
- Featured Exhibits & Outdoor Installments
- Visual Art & Theatre
- Interactive Events & Family Friendly Activities
Featured Exhibits & Outdoor Installments
Golden Shelter : Giuseppe Licari
August 9-18 | Moonstone Trail
Addressing the urgency of climate change, this installation by Rotterdam-based Sicilian artist Giuseppe Licari is meant to bring attention to the importance of our woodlands for the survival of our planet.
Green Patriot Posters : The Canary Project
August 9-18 | Arts District Lawn
A public intervention by American art collective The Canary Project (Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris), Green Patriot Posters will center on posters that encourage all U.S. citizens to take part in building a sustainable economy.
Isak Heartstone : Thomas Dambo
August 9-18 | Trollstigen Trail
Returning from last year's BIFA in a brand new location, Isak Heartstone is a large-scale, wooden troll sculpture created by Danish artist Thomas Dambo, who specializes in making imaginative art pieces from recycled materials.
Blue River : Giuseppe Licari + Gretchen Marie Schaefer
August 9 - September 8 | Gallery@OMH, Old Masonic Hall
An installation by Dutch artist Giuseppe Licari and Denver-based artist Gretchen Marie Schaefer inspired by the history of Breckenridge and the radical transformation of its rich physical and human landscape since the Gold Rush.
Gretchen Marie Schaefer: Artist Talk
Meet Gretchen Marie Schaefer and learn about her previous work and her installation Blue River, on display throughout the entirety of BIFA.
August 9, 5–6p | Gallery@OMH, Old Masonic Hall
Glass Leaves : A Community Art Project
August 11 5.30p-8.30p | Hot Shop
Be a part of the Glass Leaves installation! Participants will get the opportunity to try glass blowing, bending thin pieces of glass into unique glass leaves that will eventually be hung to create a glass chandelier installation. This project will give attendees that opportunity to get a small taste of how much fun working with a medium can be.
Visual Art & Theatre
BANDALOOP celebrates the human spirit, nature, and communities through dance that uses climbing technology to expand and challenge what is possible. A pioneer in vertical performance, BANDALOOP seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality and intricate choreography to turn the dance floor on its side.
Film Shoot (Outdoors)
To take place in multiple locations around Summit County, with a number of the sites being open to the public. Specifics will be announced closer to film dates.
August 9 TBA
Open Rehearsal (Outdoors)
This 20-minute, free open rehearsal performance will take place on the facade of a local building yet to be announced.
August 15 5p & 6p
These 30-minute, free indoor performances will be general admission with standing room and floor seating only on a first-come, first-served basis.
An Evening with DeVotchKa
August 11 1:30-8:30p | Riverwalk Center
Based out of Denver, DeVotchKa is a four-piece multi-instrumental and vocal ensemble that fuses Romani, Greek, Slavic, Bolero, Mariachi music with American punk and folk roots.
DJ Spooky: Heart of a Forest + Arctic Rhythms
August 13 7.30-8.30p | Riverwalk Center
Performing two meditations with a live string ensemble, projected imagery & electronic/hip-hop music, DJ Spooky's work immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental/social issues.
This performance will be FREE, on first-come, first-served basis.
Combining art, music, hiking and biking along the trails of Breckenridge through free outdoor concerts and environmental installations, this outdoor feature will offer several pop-up performances over the 9 days of BIFA.
Elevating music to new heights, Tree-o is a series of free concerts held in the forest, high among the pine boughs and branches featuring instrumental melodies performed with the trio perched aloft upon the trees.
August 9-18, 1-1:30p + 6–6:30p daily*
*With the exception of August 9 (afternoon performance only) & August 18 (morning performance only).
A musical installation crating an ethereal atmosphere by blending old time folk songs & minimal music, each concert features a vocal soundscape performed amongst nature along a hiking trail.
Wading for Cupcakes
The Wading for Cupcakes, performance presents an interactive journey in the Blue River that invites us to remember to let go and be free while considering the watersheds upon which all life depends..
Blue River (Near The Riverwalk Center)
August 16-18, 12p + 5p daily*
*With the exception of August 16 (evening performance only).
On the Green: An Eco-Movie Night
Co-Presented By The Breckenridge Film Festival
A series of cinematic shorts exploring conservation, climate change and the environment in a family friendly outdoor (free) screening on the Riverwalk Center lawn.
Interactive Events & Family Friendly Activities
Gain inspiration and guidance in nature writing. Write a short novel & sharing your work with others, offering positive feedback.
Plein Air Painting
Learn plein air techniques including capturing scenes quickly, choosing a strong composition, representing values correctly and studying light.
Paint a Trail Sign
Make your own positive sign using reclaimed Colorado wood. You can stencil, burn and/or paint on a piece of wood to design a sign that comes from the heart.
Weld a Tree
Come learn the basic skills of brazing (a welding technique) and create a unique tree out of metal.