The Guilford Performing Arts Festival energizes the Connecticut Shoreline every two years, with dozens of free concerts, plays, readings, workshops, discussions and spontaneous happenings on and around the picturesque green in Guilford, Connecticut.

As the air turns crisp and leaves flaunt their fall colors, the sounds of live music, drama and dance spill from open doorways and windows in downtown churches, shops and restaurants—not to mention the library, community center, dance studios, historic barns and public schools. For several days and nights in late September, Guilford comes alive!

William Boughton, a conductor and orchestral music director with a reputation for innovation on both sides of the Atlantic, founded the Guilford Performing Arts Festival in 2017. His aim was to engage the community with a multi-day, multi-venue festival of diverse performing art forms.

In 2019 we presented 73 local and national artists in virtually every genre of music, drama and dance—all free. Because of Covid-19, the 2021 festival will take on a different shape than in years past, presenting fewer shows and a focus on new work created out of the experiences of a year of pandemic, cultural flashpoints and political turmoil.

The Guilford Performing Arts Festival is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a blended artistic and humanitarian mission and strong community support. Our purpose is to enliven the Shoreline, showcase the area’s great talent, encourage the creation of new work by Connecticut artists, contribute to the local economy, foster cultural diversity, illuminate social causes, build an audience for live performance and provoke thought.

Join us in creating the 2021 festival! Make a tax-deductible contribution. Volunteer. Partner with us. Perform. Whatever else you do, mark your calendar and come out and catch the shows this September!

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