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Breckenridge International Arts Festival Returns This August

A mesmerizing exploration of artistry in the Rocky Mountains



Breckenridge, CO is an established ski town, but it's also made a name for itself as a culture hub in recent years. The Breckenridge International Festival of Arts is set to return to Colorado's high country for 10 days of eclectic art, aerial dancing, hiking and more.

Breckenridge will fully embrace its reputation as a mountain town with motifs of mountain culture and the local environment coming into play. Dozens of scheduled shows, installations, live music, dance and film showings are currently on the schedule. Here’s an inside look on what the 5th annual fest is planning to showcase, courtesy of BreckCreate

THE LINEUP

GOLDEN SHELTER by Giuseppe Licari
Aug 9–18
On View Daily Moonstone Trail, | FREE 
An environmentally conscious exhibit, artist Giuseppe Licari raises awareness on climate change that has emphasis on woodlands.

BLUE RIVER by Giuseppe Licari + Gretchen Marie Schaefer
Aug 9–Sep 8
On View Daily Gallery@OMH, Old Masonic Hall | FREE 
Dutch artist Giuseppe Licari and Denver-based artist Gretchen Marie Schaefer explore the history of Breckenridge and the Gold Rush in this art installation.

GREEN PATRIOT POSTERS by The Canary Project
Aug 9–18
On View Daily Arts District Lawn | FREE
The Canary Project, Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris, urge attendees of the installation to live more sustainability through a collection of posters. 

TRAIL MIX
Aug 9–18, 2 pm & 4 pm
Iowa Hill | FREE 
Hike and bike along the trails to unveil free outdoor concerts, environmental installations, art and more. Featuring artworks by Giuseppe Licari, Thomas Dambo and The Canary Project; musical performances curated by Russick Smith. 


Photo by Manmade Media

AN EVENING WITH DEVOTCHKA
Aug 11, 7:30 pm
Riverwalk Center | $30 ADV, $35 DOS 
A melting pot of music genres, the DeVotchka quartet will perform a range of tunes from Romani to American Punk, all at the Riverwalk Center. 


Photo by Giancarlo Minelli

HEART OF A FOREST + ARCTIC RHYTHMS featuring DJ Spooky
Aug 13, 7:30 pm Riverwalk Center | FREE 
Paul D. Miller, pseudonym DJ spooky, will guide two meditations about nature. The twist: it’s accompanied by live string acoustics, hip-hop beats and projected imagery,

WADING FOR CUPCAKES with Tara Rynders, Jess Webb, Cortney McGuire + Tim Rynders
Aug 15–18, 12 pm & 5 pm
Blue River, near Riverwalk Center | FREE 
An interactive event, performing artists will investigate our spiritual connection with water at the Blue River. 

ON THE GREEN: An Eco-Movie Night
Aug 15, 8:30 pm
Riverwalk Center Lawn | FREE
A family-friendly film series about conservation, climate change and the environment hosted on the lawn of Riverwalk Center. 

ISAK HEARTSTONE by Thomas Dambo Ongoing Installation 
On View Daily Trollstigen Trail | FREE 
A festival favorite, this large wooden troll sculpture is created sustainably from recycled materials, furniture and other art. 


Photo by Joe Kusumoto

TREE-O featuring Russick Smith, Karen Lauffer and Kevin Larkin
Aug 9, 6 pm; Aug 10–11 + Aug 16–17, 1 pm & 6 pm; Aug 18, 1 pm
Illinois Creek Trail | FREE 
Perched atop the trees, the witty Tree-O comprised of three musicians ready to perform melodies and calming acoustics. 


Photo by Joe Kusumoto

CHIRP! featuring Chimney Choir
Aug 10–11 & Aug 17–18, 11 am Iowa Hill Trail | FREE
Aug 10–11 & Aug 17–18, 3 pm; Illinois Creek Trail | FREE 
Listen to the echoing harmonies of the Denver-based Chimney Choir, where they will belt out folk music as well as their own eclectic musical creations. 


Photo by Basil Tsimoyianis

BANDALOOP: Indoors An Immersive Performance
Aug 16–17, 11 am & 1:30 pm Riverwalk Center | FREE 
An aerial (and elevated) dance performance, this showcase explores human’s physical capability as well as their connection to nature.  These 30-minute, free indoor performances are general admission with standing room and floor seating only. No tickets are required, but admission is first-come, first- served for venue access. 

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