The Guilford Performing Arts Festival energizes the Connecticut Shoreline every two years, with dozens of concerts, plays, readings, workshops, discussions and spontaneous happenings on and around the picturesque green in Guilford, Connecticut. The next festival will take place in September 2021.
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 nearly every church, shop and restaurant downtown—not to mention the library, community center, dance studios, historic barns and public schools. For four 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 events were free.
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 in September of 2021! And stay tuned for popup, fundraising and other events in 2020.