The 2016 Breckenridge International Festival of Arts

A celebration of adventure, play, and creativity

Following its debut season last year, the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts returns with a celebration of adventure, play and creativity from August 12-21, 2016. From a human cannonball and 18-foot stilt-walking dinosaurs to public radio storytellers and swarms of colorful butterflies, the Festival offers an exhilarating program of extraordinary events in spectacular places and spaces across Breckenridge, Colorado.

“We are thrilled to bring back our multi-arts celebration and to showcase a bounty of local, national and international artists,” said Robb Woulfe, President and CEO of Breckenridge Creative Arts, the festival’s producer. “Our second season continues the tradition started last year of featuring a number of Colorado premieres and Breckenridge exclusives. With the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts, we look forward to gathering people together, creating conversation and engagement and introducing audiences to artistic visionaries from around the world.”

The Swarm by Tasha Lewis

Inspired by themes of environment and mountain culture, the 10-day festival brings together a variety of performances, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, talks and surprise collaborations, with an eclectic mix of music, dance, film, visual arts and family entertainment. Dozens of scheduled events, indoors and outdoors, ticketed and free, are showcased at the venues and sites throughout town.

Tickets for festival events go on sale on Monday, June 13 and may be purchased in person at the Riverwalk Center Ticket Office at 150 W. Adams Avenue, by phone at (970) 547-3100, or online at

David Dimitri's one-man show, L'Homme Cirque

Featured 2016 BIFA artists and projects include: high-flying Swiss acrobat David Dimitri in his one-man show L’Homme Cirque; the Rocky Mountain premiere of Sila: The Breath of the World by Pulitzer Prize Winner John Luther Adams; Israeli-American cellist Maya Beiser and master percussionist Steven Schick in concert with the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra; an evening of bicycle-themed film shorts entitled Cycle In’ Cinema presented with the Breckenridge Film Festival; artist Tasha Lewis and her cyanotype sculptures of butterflies and hooved herbivores; cult Tex-Mex indie rockers Calexico; the large-scale, mobile puppetry installations of The Netherland’s Close-Act Theatre with their street theater spectacle of Saurus and STX; New York City’s most exciting troupe of storytellers, The Moth Mainstage; and the West Coast premiere of SEA (Singular Extreme Actions) by daredevil choreographer Elizabeth Streb and featuring STREB Extreme Action Company.

The Moth Mainstage

In addition to the core festival events listed above, the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts will bring back its popular Trail Mix series, which combines art, music, hiking and biking along the trails of Breckenridge through free outdoor concerts and environmental installations. Additionally, the Breckenridge Arts District campus will be animated throughout the festival with free workshops, artist talks, participatory street performance and hands-on activities for all ages.

The Breckenridge International Festival of Arts is made possible with the support from the Town of Breckenridge. Media partners for the 2016 festival include Mountain Living, KUNC and KYSL.

Be sure to check out a detailed schedule and description of all the amazing artists and projects happening at the 2016 Breckenridge International Festival of Arts!


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