About Harvard ARTS FIRST Festival
The Harvard ARTS FIRST Festival will take place from April 30- May 1 in 2015.
Fancy a bit of a Capella? Ears yearning for an evening of Tchaikovsky? Feet feeling a touch of tap? Harvard ARTS FIRST Festival can satisfy any passion for the arts during their celebrations of achievement each year in Cambridge.
The annual four-day festival in the spring invites the public to indulge in many free visual, theater, film, dance, and musical productions of Harvard University students and faculty.
People who appreciate classical music might hear the sounds of Bach filling the Sanders Theater, those who want a laugh could catch some improvisation, and anyone hoping for a nighttime film can usually watch a presentation like A Good Will Hunting on the Science Center Plaza.
Performances at past ARTS FIRST Festivals include a show by the Harvard Glee Club Lite and a presentation of Musical: The Musical.
Watch a performance at the Harvard ARTS First Festival
What you’ll see at the event
During the festival, the Office for the Arts at Harvard’s Learning From Performers program presents the Harvard Arts Medal to one successful actor, artist, or performer. The recipient discusses their life, paths to achievement, and knowledge at the ceremony, which is usually held in the Sanders Theater.
Past recipients of the Harvard Arts Medal award include cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 2004, composer John Adams in 2007, and actor and producer Matt Damon in 2013.
Honorees are chosen based on their achievement in the arts, their contributions to the good of the arts, and their efforts to continue arts education.
Harvard ARTS FIRST in Cambridge hosts more than 100 dance acts and performances around Harvard Yard. Artists also present galleries and installations for visitors.
The Office for the Arts at Harvard and the Board of Overseers of Harvard College produce and sponsor the ARTS FIRST Festival in collaboration with other university groups.