Festival News

Performing Artists Competition Underway

cropped-gpaf-logo-1422.jpgGuilford Foundation LogoThe Guilford Foundation/Guilford Performing Arts Festival Artists’ Awards competition is underway. Two awards of $2,500 each for a new work in music and drama are being offered to professional Connecticut artists and companies. Created to assist artists in the development of this new work, the awards may be used for travel, research, writing/composing, etc., but not for education.

The Guilford Foundation is dedicated to enriching the quality of life in Guilford. It connects “people who care with causes that matter to them.” A  public foundation, it makes prudent grants that serve the community. In 2017, the Guilford Foundation provided a generous grant to kickstart the Guilford Performing Arts Festival.

A multi-day biennial event, the Guilford Performing Arts Festival showcases the work of Connecticut professionals and amateurs from a variety of the performing arts—music, dance, theater, etc.—and brings them together to provide free entertainment performances and instructional workshops.

In addition to the $2,500 award, each winner of the competition will receive one performance date during the 2019 Guilford Performing Arts Festival, documentation of the performance, rehearsal time on an assigned stage and the services of two technicians, e.g., deck hand, lighting, sound, etc.

Consideration will be given to all musical genres for the music award while all spoken-word compositions will be considered for the drama award. Musical theater works are eligible under the music award.

All interested performers must submit an online application by August 14, 2018, at https://guilfordperformingartsfest.typeform.com/to/q44zqv. In addition, they will be required to submit audio and video work samples.

Winners will be announced in September 2018.

If you have questions or would like further information, address an email to awards.guilfordpafestival@gmail.com, with name, email address and cell number.

Click here for contest rules and eligibility information.


Guilford Performing Arts Festival to Return in 2019

The Board of Directors of the Guilford Performing Arts Festival (GPAF) has announced its second festival will take place in September 2019. The multi-day biennial event introduced last fall showcases the work of Connecticut professionals and amateurs from a variety of performing arts—music, dance, theater, etc.—bringing them together to provide free entertainment events and instructional workshops with something appealing to every age, from school children to golden-agers.

A Connecticut nonprofit organization (501c3 pending), the GPAF gains it support though grants, sponsorships, fundraisers and private donations. In its inaugural year, made possible largely through a generous initial grant by the Guilford Foundation, the Guilford Performing Arts Festival attracted approximately 3,700 people to 44 free performances and workshops at 17 venues throughout Guilford. Its productions included 350 performers, both individuals and groups, and ranged from classical violinists to country, blues and rockabilly bands. Those involved in the direction, administration and execution of the festival—the board of directors, committees and festival assistants—are all volunteers.

Capitalizing upon the success of the first festival and bringing back many of its productions, the GPAF board plans to enhance the 2019 festival experience by introducing new performers and performances and exploring the possibility of a larger venue to accommodate an anticipated increase in audience size.

The 2019 festival still has openings for committee members and other volunteers. No particular experience is necessary; however, there is a special need for one or more persons with computer technical skills.

If interested, please email William Boughton, Chair, mail@williamboughton.comwith name, email address and cell number.


Looking Back at the 2017 Guilford Performing Arts Festival

Sarah Prown (left, soprano sax) and John Liebler (right, electric mandolin) of The Racket Downstairs
The Red Planet Duo
The Red Planet Duo (Pete Blossom and John Hurley)