Breckenridge Int'l Festival of Arts (BIFA)

August 11-20, 2017
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Join us in Breckenridge for a 10-day festival of extraordinary events in spectacular places and spaces. Inspired by themes of environment and mountain culture, BIFA is a multi-arts celebration that brings together 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 venues and sites throughout town.

Dates: August 11-20, 2017

Presented by Breckenridge Creative Arts

Featured 2017 BIFA performances and exhibitions include:

Australian digital artist Craig Walsh with the U.S. premiere of his renowned tree projection artwork, Monuments; the interactive design installation Los Trompos by contemporary Mexican designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena; the 30-plus member avant-garde musical troupe Itchy-O; a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush accompanied live by the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra; a work entitled Ants by Polyglot Theatre that brings giant insects into a public space for a mix of roving performance and large-scale interaction with kids and adults; a return engagement by the Dutch performance troupe Close-Act Theatre with their new street spectacles of Birdmen and PerQ; violinist, banjo player and neo-folk songstress Rhiannon Giddens; and the internationally recognized Australian company Casus Circus with the U.S. premiere of their thrilling new acrobatic show, Driftwood.

In addition to the core festival attractions listed above, BIFA brings 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. This year’s series, presented on Illinois Creek, Iowa Hill and Moonstone trails, features 27 pop-up musical performances with accompanying artworks by Sarah Langsam, Michael McGillis and Nikki Pike. Also as part of BIFA’s visual arts program, two separate eco-themed exhibitions will be on display— one entitled Contemplative Environments by artists Pamela Olson and Kelly Yarbrough, installed at Old Masonic Hall, and another by multi-media artist Kia Neill, whose work Ephemeral Pathways will be featured in the gallery of the Breckenridge Theater. The festival will also present Tree-o, a performance art installation in the forest featuring three musicians -- cellist Russick Smith, violinist Karen Lauffer and mandolinist Kevin Larkin – performing a series of free concerts with the trio perched aloft upon the trees.

Another nature-inspired program new to the festival lineup this year is Acoustic Flow, a blissed-out mix of music and wellness that features a mini-concert with free outdoor classes in yoga, meditation and healing arts. Held on the Riverwalk Center lawn along the relaxing shores of the Blue River, the series include five mind-body-spirit sessions accompanied with live music, ranging from classical to contemporary.

Additionally, the Breckenridge Arts District serves as the heart of BIFA, bringing together studios, galleries, performance spaces, public art and historic landmarks that animate and populate a vibrant cultural corridor in downtown Breckenridge. For the 10 days of the festival, the Arts District’s campus becomes an interactive hub of creativity, offering free workshops, demonstrations, artist talks and hands-on activities for all ages.

Details and full festival schedule
Tickets for festival events go on sale on Monday, June 12 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