To celebrate the opening of Princeton’s new Lewis Center for the Arts complex, join us for an exciting multi-day Festival of the Arts highlighting the breadth and uniqueness of the arts at Princeton. The Festival will include concerts, plays, readings, dance performances, art exhibitions, screenings, multidisciplinary presentations, community workshops and site-specific events presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Department of Music with professional, faculty, student, and alumni artists. Events will be open to the public and most will be free. For ticketed events, tickets will be available through University Ticketing online starting August 28th. Tickets will be available by phone (609-258-9220)  and at campus box office locations starting September 13th.


  • World premiere of Gurls, a riff of Euripides’ The Bacchae by two-time Obie Award-winning playwright and Princeton alumnus Branden Jacobs-Jenkins ’06, directed by Obie Award-winner Lileana Blain-Cruz ’06
  • Richardson Auditorium transforms into a surround-sound host for Princeton Music Mashup: rOaR, showcasing the wide-ranging talents of Princeton University’s Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles, Glee Club, the Richardson Chamber Players, and other University music ensembles
  • Performances of A Love Supreme by internationally-renowned choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and performed by Rosas dance company, where four performers dance to the eponymous music of John Coltrane
  • Designing the Lewis Center for the Arts, an exhibition by Steven Holl Architects of concept drawings, models, and construction details showing the working process towards the realization of the new campus spaces from 2007 to today
  • The biennial Princeton Poetry Festival, a 2-day event featuring poets from around the world
  • Princeton University Concerts presents an evening with the Norwegian Baroque ensemble Barokksolistene, featuring music from English theaters and the Court at the time of Henry Purcell
  • An “Alehouse Session with Barokksolistene, featuring songs and melodies from the pubs and taverns of 17th century England
  • 24 Hour Psycho, an art installation by Douglas Gordon, consists entirely of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1960 film slowed down to approximately two frames per second and exhibited as an object in space. As a result, a full viewing of the film lasts exactly 24 hours. This installation marks the 24th anniversary of the artwork, which will be screened continuously for 24 days
  • An opera for electric guitar, Orpheus Unsung, composed by Grammy Award-winner and Music Professor Steven Mackey  in a production conceived and directed by Mark DeChiazza, in collaboration with Jason Treuting of Sō Percussion. In this wordless opera, the Orpheus myth is shattered and remade within a space that fragments story and identity
  • House of VIS, a group show of recent work from Visual Arts juniors and seniors curated by Professor of Photography Jeff Whetstone
  • Baker and Tarpaga Dance Project’s 2015 dance theater work, Declassified Memory Fragment, inspired by ideas and themes around memory, history, and images of some of the political and cultural realities affecting the continent of Africa

Other events will include a music/sculpture Art Walk, a carillon concert, a jazz jam session, a French theater performance, community music play-alongs and sing-alongs, community dance master classes, exhibitions, readings, and performances, along with events at the Princeton University Art Museum and McCarter Theatre.

Visit later this summer for a detailed schedule of Festival events.

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Festival venues are accessible to people who use a wheelchair or have mobility issues. Details on venue accessibility are listed at Patrons in need of other accessibility accommodations are requested to contact Danielle Dennis at or 609-258-2163 (NJ Relay 711) by September 20 to arrange services.