Breckenridge International Festival of Arts
August 11 – 20, 2023
Breckenridge International Festival of Arts, or BIFA for short, is a 10-day celebration of Adventure + Creativity + Play. Local, national and international artist talent and organizations, both traditional and unconventional, mingle together to create an eclectic mix of music, dance, film, visual arts and family entertainment. Throughout the festival, Breck Create produces dozens of events throughout the cultural venues, public parks, trails and open spaces of Breckenridge.
BIFA 2023 Resident Artist
“The mighty Circa” (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian)
Circa Contemporary Circus is one of the world’s leading performance companies. Since 2004, from its base in Brisbane, Australia, Circa has toured the world - performing in more than 40 countries to over 1.5 million people. Circa’s works have been greeted with standing ovations, rave reviews and sold-out houses across six continents.
Circa is at the forefront of the new wave of contemporary Australian circus - pioneering how extreme physicality can create powerful and moving performances. It continues to push the boundaries of the art form, blurring the lines between movement, dance, theatre and circus. Compelled by the question ‘what is possible in circus?’ Circa is leading the way with a diverse range of thrilling creations that ‘redraw the limits to which circus can aspire.’ (The Age).
Under the direction of circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz, Circa features an ensemble of exceptional, multi-skilled circus artists who have been a regular fixture at leading festivals and venues in New York, London, Berlin and Montreal with seasons at Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Barbican Centre, Les Nuits de Fourvière, Chamäleon Theatre as well as major Australian Festivals.
What Will Have Been by Circa
Doors @ 7pm, Ages 12+
This ten-day long celebration of art in all forms inspired by themes of environment and mountain culture is packed with options
BIFA 2023 Program Descriptions
Concrete Jams: Skate + Jazz
Skateboarding and jazz collide in unexpected ways. This 360-degree immersion showcases the art of improvisation in both music and sport, offering the bowl as bandstand.
Start each morning of the festival with a 60-minute gentle yoga class that combines music, nature and wellness along the relaxing shores of the Blue River.
Harmonizing to create an ethereal atmosphere, an ensemble of three musicians perform alongside Trail Mix art installations.
Trail Mix combines art and nature whereby hikers follow a trail to an art installation. Art is accessible via three different trails, offering a range of accessibility.
BIFA INFO + CRAFT TENT
The BIFA Info + Craft Tent is located on the Blue River Plaza and will be open Saturday + Sunday, August 12 – 13 and August 19 – 20 from noon to 5 p.m. Stop by to pick up a daily schedule, to get questions answered and, of course, to create some art! The Blue River Plaza is located at 137 S. Main Street in downtown Breckenridge, right across the street from Old Masonic Hall.
Join festival artists for 30-minute talks and performances while you enjoy New-York based artist Sharon Louden’s exhibition, “Barriers to Entry.” This site-specific, abstract installation uses different types of media to shape colorful and reflective forms that symbolize spaces made difficult to enter.
Guided Mindfulness Hikes
Immerse yourself in the healing powers of art and nature on these excursions featuring Breckenridge International Festival of Arts Trail Mix art installation, Soft Gaze by Camille Hoffman. Mindfulness expert, Leslie Glenn, guides participants through personal reflection.
AirStage Summer Après
Hike, bike or bus to the Breckenridge Arts District to enjoy outdoor drafts, crafts and BIFA performing artists on the AirStage. Bring a picnic blanket, grab dinner to go and let the kids play on the lawn while you catch up with friends and family. Well-behaved pups on leashes are welcome!
BIFA 2023 Exhibiting Artist
BIFA 2023 Trail Mix Artist
BIFA 2023 Health + Wellness ProgrammingView More
Fri, 08/11 8:00am+ 9 More
Guided Mindfulness Hikes
Fri, 08/11 10:00am+ 2 More
BIFA 2023 Experimental Music
Reserved Seating, Doors @ 7pm
Doors @ 7:00pm
[BIFA] is the ultimate something-for-everyone festival blending monumental art, performance, film, jazz and circus arts with chance musical concerts on a trail in the woods or a roll-in movie night for the whole family