One of the city’s most thrilling multi-arts events, Lincoln Center Festival offers stunning plays, dance, operas and visual art from around the world. There’s no shortage of arts festivals in New York each summer. But they tend to be niche affairs, catering to Off-Off theater fans (the Fringe Festival), outdoor concertgoers (SummerStage) or classical-music buffs (Mostly Mozart).
Lincoln Center Festival is different: Spanning nations and artistic disciplines, it brings a wealth of top-notch work to various stages each July and August. Ace curator Nigel Redden and his producers rack up frequent-flier miles trekking across the globe to discover live acts to thrill local culture vultures.
Tickets can be expensive and go fast, but unless you want to break the bank on airfare and hotels, the festival is a great way to see music, dance, theater and opera from around the world—without leaving home. Where else but in New York can you see the National Ballet of China dance pirouettes one night and Druid Theatre Company give a Celtic spin to Shakespeare the next?
When is Lincoln Center Festival?
Lincoln Center Festival runs July through August.
See past Lincoln Center Festival coverage
Beautiful photos of the National Ballet of China’s The Peony Pavilion
On a rare visit to our shores, the National Ballet of China performs its internationally acclaimed classic
Meet the characters of Monkey: Journey to the West
One of the highlights of this year’s Lincoln Center Festival is based on a 16th-century Chinese folktale
Lincoln Center Festival 2012: stage classics from Russia, Ireland, Australia and around the world
One of the summer’s main events gives you reason not to take a vacation to an exotic locale
Lincoln Center Festival 2010
We review epic work from Japan, Italy and England