The Lawrence Arts Center’s Free State Festival is a week-long multidisciplinary arts festival that brings the very best in film, music, art, and ideas to the Lawrence Cultural District each June. This year’s festival includes appearances by comedian and television star Maria Bamford, Radiolab founder and co-host Jad Abumrad, artist and activist Aurora Robson, and a free outdoor concert featuring hip-hop artists Public Enemy. More announcements coming soon! Visit www.freestatefestival.org for a growing schedule of 2016 Festival concerts, films, performances, and events. VIP passes and Film passes are on sale now!
The Lawrence Arts Center’s Free State Festival is a week-long celebration of film, music, art, and ideas in the heart of Lawrence’s Cultural District. Started as a small independent film festival in 2011 by the Lawrence Arts Center’s Director of Film and New Media, Marlo Angell, the Free State Festival has become an interdisciplinary festival featuring an international slate of more than 10 feature films, 40 short films, outdoor concerts, stage performances, digital media installations, and provocative panel discussions. Last year’s festival attracted approximately 12,000 audience members, and featured sold-out film screenings, lively discussions, and packed outdoor performances. Funded in part by a National Endowment for the Arts creative placemaking grant, the Free State Festival highlights diverse art and artists with the long-term goal of enhancing the socioeconomic wellbeing of the region and providing opportunities for artists of all disciplines and backgrounds.
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