ARTS FIRST Festival will be taking place from Thursday, April 26, 2018 to Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA.
Art, music, fun and community! Welcome to the 2018 ARTS FIRST Festival, each Arts First is unique but every year combines the exuberance of Harvard students, faculty and affiliates who are passionate about the many art forms presented in four rousing days of performances, exhibitions and art-making opportunities. See visual art and opera, dance styles from around the world, new music forms, comedy routines, avant garde theater, public art, poetry, experimental performances and so much more! The Festival kicks off on Thursday, April 26, 2018 with the Harvard Arts Medal ceremony, honoring a Harvard alum or faculty member for excellence and demonstrated achievement in the arts. Come for Beethoven, stay for jazz on Friday, April 27, 2018 when legendary classical pianist André Watts will perform Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra. The ARTS FIRST Performance Fair features comedy, a cappella, dance, music of all kinds, drama and more! DanceFest, a celebration of dance traditions from around the world, takes over the Plaza tent from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Make Art Stations offer an opportunity for you to be an artist and take your creation home with you! The festival is a public event with many FREE performances and activities for Harvard and community members of all ages.