- New Mexico
- Julie Daunt
Music | Santa Fe Bandstand
23 June – 28 August
Taking place at the Santa Fe Plaza, Santa Fe Bandstand is a free music festival that features the best of Santa Fe’s music, from blues to Latin. The festival is organised by Outside In Productions, whose aim is to bring the arts to those with limited access to them. Started in 2002, the Santa Fe Bandstand music series has since attracted big local and international names, with this year featuring a variety of acts from Grammy award winning guitarist Larry Mitchell , to the soulful R&B singing sensation Zenobia. Furthermore, 2014 will also see five winners of the New Mexico Music Award take to the bandstand, with over 100 concerts taking place day and night. The festival will be brought to a close by alternative country songwriter and performer Joe West on 28 August.
Santa Fe Bandstand, 100 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM, USA, +1 505 9866054
Art | Zane Bennett Contemporary Art
25 July – 23 August
Bringing Japanese contemporary art to Santa Fe is the IMPACTS! ・勢み art exhibition at Zane Bennett Contemporary Art. Created in collaboration with Mizuma Art Gallery in Tokyo, the IMPACTS! exhibition features over 15 emerging artists, from the likes of AMANO Yoshitaka, who is a designer of images from popular computer game Final Fantasy, to KATO Ai, who gained notoriety as a street artist but has also forged a new path in contemporary Japanese art. The exhibition encourages dialogue between Japanese and US culture, and will include panel discussions, artists’ talks, film screenings and a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. Visitors will also be able to witness live painting from KATO Ai. The exhibition is free, in order to encourage community involvement in contemporary art.
Music | Santa Fe Opera Festival Season
27 June – 23 August
Providing Santa Fe with a long tradition of operatic delights, The Santa Fe Opera returns for its summer festival season. Taking place in the state-of-the-art Crosby Theatre, this year’s season features well known productions, such as the sizzling love-story Carmen, the comical Don Pasquale, the heroic Fidelio, the historic opera Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. For the first time since 1993, the Santa Fe Opera will also host two shorter operas which will be performed on the same night. The two selected works are Mozart’s The Impresario, a chaotic tale behind an opera production. In this brief yet witty production, divas fight over the lead role in Stravinsky’s one act opera, Le Rossignol, which coincidently forms the second half of the nights billing, creating a perfectly framed operatic evening. The Santa Fe Opera’s production of Le Rossignol also marks the centennial of the opera’s premiere in 1914 in Paris. There are also new and fresh performances from the Apprentice Showcase Scenes, where the stars of tomorrow perform fully staged opera scenes.
Performing Arts | Santa Fe Musical Theatre Festival
2 – 9 August
The Santa Fe Musical Theatre Festival brings together various members involved in musical theatre, from composers to playwrights and lyricists, in a fête of creative delights. Contributors can submit and present their original work in front of an audience of industry professional and general visitors. There are also intensive workshops held by leading guest artists in acting, singing and dance, which give festival participants support and guidance. Visitors can also attend these workshops as well as attending performances and staged readings. Visitors to the Santa Fe Musical Theatre Festival can experience fresh and innovative examples of musical theatre in The City Different.
Art | El Museo Cultural
14 – 21 August
Celebrating Santa Fe’s artistic feats, from the historic to the modern day, are two exhibitions and shows taking place at El Museo Cultural. The first is the Objects of Art show, which this year features over sixty five exhibitors with a wide variety of media, from fine art to textiles to jewellery to furniture. Organised by Kim Martindale and John Morris, the Objects of Art show features artists and contributors from all over the USA, such as New York and California. The following week sees El Museo Cultural also celebrating the American Indian heritage of Santa Fe with the Antique American Indian Art Show, which is now in its third year. The proceeds of the show’s opening night will also go towards the Institute of the American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, which is a key partner of the show.
Music | Santa Fe Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival
22 – 24 August
Now in its 40th year, the Santa Fe Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival is a showcase of local, regional and national musical talent with live concerts, dances, workshops and competitions. Although celebrating the tradition of bluegrass, many of the performers adapt modern tunes in the bluegrass style, giving the festival a modern edge. There is also the famous Band Scramble, which sees randomly selected participants placed in teams, and given only a few hours to learn a song, and to perform on stage. The festival also has free camping, vendor stalls and the best of Santa Fe’s food.
Music | Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
Until 25 August
Since 1972, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival has become a renowned event of musical distinction and innovation. A six week festival comprising more than 80 concerts, classes, open rehearsals and recitals, the festival welcomes distinguished musicians to the stage along with fresh and emerging talent. There is also a Composer-in-Residence programme that seeks to encourage communication between composers, musicians and the audience. This programme sees the performance of specially commissioned works, and also the composer becoming the performer.
The festival also boasts unique and intimate settings, such as the historic St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Lensic Performing Arts Center, and also the Simms Auditorium at Albuquerque Academy. While there are ticketed concerts at the festival, there are also a number of free events, such as youth concerts and the young composer’s string quartet project, meaning there is something for all ages.
Art | Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
Events throughout August
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, which opened its doors in 2007, is the only museum in the United States dedicated to an internationally renowned female artist. The museum holds a collection of over 3000 of O’Keeffe’s works, making it the largest repository of her art. While the museum is primarily about O’Keeffe’s talents, the space has also exhibited the works of over 140 other artists, from Andy Warhol to Sherry Levine. The museum’s current exhibition (on show until 17 September) features the works of O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams, created in Hawaii. The exhibition reveals the effect Hawaii had on O’Keeffe and Adams, which is captured in the dramatic paintings of O’Keeffe and poignant photographs of Adams.
Over the course of August, there are a number of free events at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. There are visual lectures such as Barbara Arlen’s Breakfast with O’Keeffe, where Arlen will discuss use of artistic materials, and how they affected her paintings. There will also be a Hawaiian slack-key guitar performance from John Serkin in the museum’s courtyard. There are also a number of workshops, such as the fundamentals of landscape painting to creative writing sessions. If visitors have also worked up an appetite, the Santa Fe School of Cooking will explore some of O’Keeffe’s recipes from her book A Painter’s Kitchen (August 15).
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, 217 Johnson Street, Santa Fe, NM, USA, +1 505 9461000
Event | Santa Fe Indian Market and Indian Market Week
12 – 24 August
Started in 1922 by Edgar L. Hewett, and located in the historic plaza at the heart of the city, the Santa Fe Indian Market is now entering its 93rd year. Hosted by the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, this event brings over 175,000 visitors, 1,100 artists from over 220 Indian tribes, over 600 booths to Santa Fe covering 14 downtown city blocks, making it one of the city’s most popular, unique and exciting events. Although primarily about the market, the event is more of a family festival in its nature, and includes a vast variety of other activities, such as the SWAIA’s Indian Market Film Festival, Music on the Plaza, a Native American clothing contest, as well as lectures and workshops.
Preceding the market itself is what is known as Indian Market Week, resulting in nearly two weeks of Native Indian inspired events. The Indian Market both reflects and rejuvenates Native Indian culture, and has attracted generations of participants for the last century. However, the Indian Market also portrays how Indian culture has evolved in Santa Fe, with modern examples of Indian art and craft on display. There is also a vast selection of Native Indian food available at the market, as well as independent booksellers, meaning that this famous event can be regarded as the ultimate immersive experience of Native Indian culture and heritage.
Santa Fe Indian Market and Indian Market Week, various locations in Santa Fe. +1 505 983522
Event | Santa Fe Yoga Festival 2014
28 – 31 August
The Santa Fe Yoga Festival is one of Santa Fe’s newer festivals, and takes place at Bishop’s Lodge Ranch and Resort, providing festival goers with spectacular vistas of rolling hills and vast canyons. The event opens with a Native American Opening Ceremony followed by a bonfire on the Mesa. There is a wild yoga hike with Barbara Powell which will focus on enhancing the connection between yoga and nature. After a morning full of empowerment, visitors can unwind with some Native Spirits Music in the Teahouse Tent. Saturday night also features a special musical event, with The Beatles’ Yoga Multimedia Experience, which features a seven piece band and visuals, which will bring visitors on a magical, mystery tour. There are also other creative workshops, such as Mastering the Art of Photography, and a traditional New Mexico Fiesta dinner.
By Julie Daunt
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