New York City is home to a lot of festivals. Some are dedicated to music. Others revolve around boozing it up. There's even an unfortunate one focused solely on brunch. But this spring, the Onassis Cultural Center New York will host a festival that, on the surface, sounds like something out of a Alfred Hitchcock–inspired nightmare.
Titled Birds: A Festival Inspired by Aristophanes, the month-long happening will set up shop in venues across Brooklyn and Manhattan. Its mission is simple: to find birds, both “allegorical and real.” At the center of this avian hullabaloo is an adaptation of ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes’s comedy The Birds. The fest will host the production’s first staging in America, taking over St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn from May 2–13.
The fest also offers ample opportunities for bird watchers, including a “philosophical bird walk” at the Natural History Museum on April 22 and a bird walk with the same museum’s ornithologist at Brooklyn Bridge Park on May 5. And before you get your cloaca twisted in a knot, yes, of course the fest will include a screening of Hitchcock’s classic The Birds. Metrograph is hosting three days of bird-themed films from May 18–20.
You can find more information and the full slate of events at the festival’s website.