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The Lincoln Center Festival guide

Each summer Lincoln Center Festival offers stunning plays, dance, operas and visual art from around the world

Adam Feldman
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David Cote
Adam Feldman

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 musical-theater fans (the New York Musical Festival), outdoor concertgoers (Central Park SummerStage) or classical-music buffs (Mostly Mozart Festival).

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Lincoln Center Festival is different: Spanning nations and artistic disciplines, it brings a wealth of top-notch work to various stages each July. 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 French acrobats leap through the air one night and the Bolshoi Ballet dance pirouettes the next?

What is Lincoln Center Festival?

It's Lincoln Center's annual summer festival of dance, theater, music, opera and multidiscplinary performance from around the world.

When is Lincoln Center Festival?

Lincoln Center Festival runs July 10 through July 30, 2017.

Where is Lincoln Center Festival?

Festival venues tend to be concentrated around the Lincoln Center campus, inlcuding Alice Tully Hall, the David H. Koch Theater and the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. Most years, the festival also presents work in the Rose Theater at the Time Warner Center and at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College.

Where do I get tickets?

Visit Lincoln Center Festival's home page for tickets and other details of the festival.

Lincoln Center Festival 2017 coverage

Theater events

While I Was Waiting

While I Was Waiting

  • price 3 of 4

Syrian playwright Mohammad Al Attar depicts the family of a young man who is beaten into a coma in Damascus

To the End of the Land

To the End of the Land

  • price 3 of 4

Hanan Snir adapts David Grossman’s best-selling novel, which spans decades in the lives and loves of a war-torn Israeli family

Dance events



  • price 4 of 4

Paris Opera Ballet, New York City Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet perform George Balanchine's celebration of international dance

Music events



Electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick revisits his landmark 1967 album, Silver Apples of the Moon

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