4 Theater Festivals to Visit This Year

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There are all sorts of fans out there. There are diehard fans of many things. Things like TV shows, movies, songs, guitars, and even plays.

Interestingly enough, there are some times where there really are no limits to the fandom of some people. The team at White Night Nuit Blanche supports this wholeheartedly. After all, we continually pursue guitars in theater plays.

For this article, let’s check out several festivals that you can go to in order to learn more about theater plays and even guitars in them.

The Festival of New Musicals

The first festival we’ll be looking at is called the Festival of New Musicals. This festival has been going for 30 years! In this year, the 31st annual Festival of New Musicals will begin.

As the name suggests, this festival showcases the newest and freshest musicals in the world. Each one that makes it through will have 45 minutes to present its concept and songs, instruments and all.

Theater producers from around the world gather at this festival in order to see the next best musical that they can get. 

The beauty of this festival is that there is no cost. All costs are shouldered by the people who put together the festival.

There have been a lot of great things that have happened because of this festival. In all actuality, there have been more than 250 great things as these are the number of musicals that have been discovered. Along with that are some 500 writers who have found a way to a job.

As the statistics state, close to 90% of the theater plays and musicals discovered here has become a success with tours and recordings done for the album.

This festival will be taking place on October 24 and 25. Who knows? The next best guitar-themed play might be discovered here.

The Lift Festival

Next up, we have the Lift Festival. The Lift has been around since the early 80s, with the mission of bringing people together and questioning the status quo.

Through this festival, people come together to watch spectacular performances over more than six weeks. These performances also include theatrical plays and musicals, as the festival partners up with several theaters and art establishments in London.

The cool thing about this festival is their venues. Sometimes, it finds great nooks and crannies to host their shows. It has even used an abandoned golf course for it.

New York Musical Festival

Then we have the New York Musical Festival. This is a festival that aims to energize the musical industry by showcasing the year’s best new musicals.

The NYMF is a large festival. It is actually the biggest festival on musical theater in the whole of the United States.

Every summer it takes place in Midtown Manhattan. The festival hosts new creators and gives them the necessary funds, materials, and other resources to put together new musicals. These include marketing and advertising.

In this way, new shows are created and new workers either gain experience or find a permanent place.

Williamstown Theater Festival

Finally comes the Williamstown Theatre Festival. This one has been up and running since the mid-1950s. The goal of the festival has always been to revitalize old performances by infusing innovation and new ideas into the mix.

Each festival, workers are invited to work plays. These include artists, production design, directors, musicians, and more.

It is a time for audiences to enjoy an ever-evolving theater experience. It is also a way for the workers to hone their craft and find new ways of executing plays. Why not check out these festivals some time? You may learn something new, or just enjoy the experience as it is.

2 International Festivals Fusing Guitars and Plays

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In our recent articles, we had discussed a number of great festivals you can head to. We wrote about several theater festivals, as well as music and light festivals as well.

This isn’t a reason to not discuss it more though. The reason behind this is that we expect our readers to be from around the world. If they read about a specific festival that is halfway around the world, the chances of them going to that are relatively low.

Thus, it is always best to cover many festivals from all over the world. This increases the chances of readers finding one that they can easily visit. In this specific article, we’ll look at festivals that cater to either music with guitars, plays, and the mixture of both.

Let’s look at several international festivals that are along these lines.

Galway International Arts Festival

First one we’ll be talking about is the Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF). The GIAF is an explosion of cultural and artistic celebration. It is one of Europe’s biggest ever festivals.

Most of the time, this multi-faceted festival takes place in Galway, Ireland. It includes things like theater plays, street performances, musicals, dance recitals, operas, and even comedy just to name a few.

All of these disciplines play out in multiple venues of Ireland. In the previous year, the festival went to over 30 venues for more than 200 acts! The quarter of a million attendees only attests to how enjoyable and amazing the festival is.

Apart from this though, GIAF has its own production and training arms. This means that they create their own theater plays and musicals. When they develop one that they deem great, they go out locally and internationally to tour it.

The GIAF has partnered with several cities around the world such as Chicago, New York, Paris, Sydney, Hong Kong and more. So, even if you can’t go to the festival, you may be able to catch the plays that GIAF has been producing.

Now you may think that GIAF is all about the celebration of art. While this isn’t totally wrong, they also have something bigger that they are pushing. It is the philosophy of “First Thought”.

This philosophy is pushed forward through several talks with leaders from around the world and Ireland as well. In it, they speak about how to develop and evolve certain ideas and practices that can benefit the world.

International Festival of Greek Drama

Next up, we have the International Festival of Greek Drama. This specific festival has been operating for over 20 years. It started way back in the late 90s in Cyprus. The festival’s mission was to spread the word of Greek Drama to the world.

Greek drama was one of the first ever serious forms of entertainment. We say serious because the Greeks held their drama and entertainment to a high level. It was very serious for them.

Calling it entertainment is actually a bit off. The Greek’s actually used plays to understand the world around them better. They did this through three types of plays that are still alive today: comedies, satires, and tragedies.

It is also a great way to see how the Greek’s incorporated music into their plays. While they didn’t have guitars, they had lyres which were sort of precursors to guitars.

If you’d like to experience Greek drama and expand your theatrical sensibilities, this is the festival for you. Wherever you are in the world, we hope you can find a festival that you can head to easily.

2 Music and Light Festivals for Theater Plays

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In plays, there are many things to look at when thinking whether or not the play is good. Of course, people initially think about the actors who convey the story to us. It also looks at the story itself, as people love to poke holes or see whether it resonates with them.

There are other things though that can be considered. You can also take a look at the music. Depending on how it is arranged, how the instruments are played, and how the songs are composed, the music can really enhance the quality of the play.

Apart from that, effective use of lighting can serve to increase the quality, story, and appeal of a play as it illuminates people’s lives.

In order to learn more about music and lighting, people can attend festivals for them. Let’s take a look at a couple of lighting and music festivals.

Festival of Lights

whitenightnuitblanche post19a 300x169 - 2 Music and Light Festivals for Theater PlaysFirst up, we illuminate you readers with Berlin’s Festival of Lights. This specific festival showcases the whole city of Berlin as it is draped in beautiful light art.

People can enjoy the city of Berlin and all of its amazing landmarks and buildings throughout this festival. All of these places will have great light art on them. In this case, the whole city is the stage and you discover the beauties on them.

The festival lasts for 10 days. Across these 10 days, you can visit as many as 100 locations, taking the history, significance, and culture of Berlin.

These new and innovative light installations evoke emotion from the people watching. At the same time, people can also take these lighting techniques.

Florida Festival of New Musicals

whitenightnuitblanche post20 300x169 - 2 Music and Light Festivals for Theater PlaysNext up we have the Florida Festival of New Musicals. This festival focuses on musicals as a whole. Throughout the four-day festival duration, new musicals are presented and celebrated with the hopes of finding the next best thing.

This could be the festival to find the next best play or musical that showcases the guitar.

We hope that these festivals can help either inspire you for applying lighting and guitars to your plays or just enjoy these two facets of theater.  You can also check out several guitar-centric plays to watch.