Breckenridge International Festival of Arts

Featured 2018 BIFA performances and exhibitions included: Danish artist Thomas Dambo with a new commission of one of his large-scale giant sculptures made from recycled materials; singer-songwriter, fiddler and whistler extraordinaire Andrew Bird with special guest Neyla Pekarek; contemporary jazz ensemble Vijay Iyer Trio; a screening of the colorful Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi accompanied by a chamber ensemble from the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra; the live skateboarding and music celebration Concrete Jams: Sk8 + Jazz featuring pro skaters Jordyn Barratt, Bucky Lasek and Andy Macdonald along with music by Denver-based funk and hip-hop crew Other Black; a tetralogy of new classical works entitled In the Light of Air by Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottír; an outdoor community film event called Kick Push: A Roll-in Movie Night featuring wheel-themed, adventure shorts curated by the Breckenridge Film Festival; performance collective Manual Cinema and their multimedia production of Lula del Ray, an epic story featuring live actors, shadow puppetry, music and projection; and the daring feats and athletic prowess of acclaimed Australian acrobatic troupe Gravity & Other Myths in their contemporary circus production of A Simple Space. 

In addition to the core festival attractions listed above, BIFA’s visual arts program featured two separate eco-minded exhibitions—one on the interior of Old Masonic Hall entitled Tempting Landscapes by New York- based Hungarian artist Edina Tokodi, who fuses landscape art with real materials found in the outdoors, and another installation on the exterior of Old Masonic Hall entitled Nature Will Not Miss Us by Denver-based sculptor Nicole Banowetz, who creates large inflatables based on microscopic worlds. In addition, BIFA’s opening weekend showcased renowned Boulder-based stone balancing artist Michael Grab creating freestanding rock sculptures in the Blue River.

Next year’s festival is August 9–18, 2019.

Funding for BIFA is generously provided by the Town of Breckenridge and the National Endowment for the Arts, with media support from Mountain Living.

Photos: Jenise Jensen and Joe Kusumoto.