Basilica Hudson Announces 2016 Calendar of Events

March 11th, 2016, 10:00 am by Greg

Basilica Hudson has announced its 2016 season featuring a wide range of events stretching from innovative, avant-garde live performances to music, film, literary, farm and community programs.

The season kicks off with a free talk by legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp (March 31) and the second annual 24-Hour Drone: Experiments in Sound and Music (April 23-24), while summer brings back the freaky music-meets-community event (Freak) Flag Day on June 11 and the newly added Read & Feed (July 30), which unites artisanal food with literature.

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Annual highlights include the film festival Basilica Scope (September 9-11), the ever-engaging weekend of music and art known as Basilica SoundScape (September 16-18) and two iterations of the wildly popular Basilica Farm & Flea in the form of a Spring (May 7-8) and a Holiday Market (Thanksgiving Weekend, November 25-27).

Here are the details:

A CONVERSATION WITH TWYLA THARP
Thursday, March 31, 7pm
FREE
On the heels of her dance company’s 50th anniversary season, hear celebrated choreographer Twyla Tharp speak about her life’s work. Over the course of her career, which spans five decades, she has received numerous awards for work that expands the boundaries of ballet and modern dance. Pathways to Dance is an annual eight-county Capital Region initiative, in concert with Manhattan’s Joyce Theater, designed to support new dance creation and presentation.

24-HOUR DRONE: EXPERIMENTS IN SOUND AND MUSIC
Saturday & Sunday, April 23-24, 3pm-3pm
An immersive event and all-encompassing communal, conceptual experience, 24-HOUR DRONE features musicians and sound artists experimenting within the spectrum of drone – sustained tones shaped by voice or instrumentation. Co-presented with Le Guess Who? festival in Utrecht, Netherlands in collaboration with Second Ward Foundation and Wave Farm / WGXC. Read more.

BASILICA FARM & FLEA
Spring Market: Saturday & Sunday, May 7-8
Inspired by the abundance of passionate and talented farmers, collectors and artisans in the Hudson region, each marketplace features a diverse group of vendors and locally-sourced, farm-fresh foods. Featuring vintage objects for home and garden, wild edibles, crafts and more. Presented in collaboration with Hudson River Exchange.

CIDER & CHEESE FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 4
Hard cider producers and cheese makers from across the region will kick off Hudson Valley Cider Week, and prove that cider and cheese are a perfect pairing. Co-presented with Glynwood.

FIFTH ANNUAL (FREAK) FLAG DAY
Saturday, June 11
Hudson’s annual Flag Day celebrations, with a big parade and fireworks, are a David Lynch-Americana Dream Come True! Basilica’s (FREAK) FLAG DAY acts as freakier counterpart to the city’s festivities and features performances, and dancing late into the wee hours.

READ & FEED
Saturday, July 30
New in 2016, Read & Feed will bring together artisanal makers of food with artisanal makers of literature, and will feature a food marketplace plus a roster of readings, discussions and demonstrations. A non-traditional book festival, Read & Feed offers a platform for writers to connect in new ways with fans, within the performative context of Basilica’s space. Co-presented with the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, Read & Feed celebrates cooking, farming, eating, drinking, reading and writing.

BASILICA SCOPE
Weekend of Friday-Sunday, September 9-11
A weekend-long event devoted to film; an intimate festival celebrating the furthest extremes in motion picture accomplishment through a dialogue with visiting directors. The weekend includes a series of screenings as well as panel discussions and other programs.

BASILICA SOUNDSCAPE
Friday-Sunday, September 16-18
A weekend-long music and art event that’s been called “the anti-festival” for its range of offerings including live musical acts, sound performances, literary readings, visual art installations, film screenings, local artisanal vendors and more, creating an immersive, innovative weekend of art, music and culture. Co-presented with Pitchfork Media, Show No Mercy and Leg Up! Management.

BASILICA PIONEERING PEOPLE
Saturday, October 22
A bi-annual program celebrating pioneering artists across a range of disciplines, and including a benefit performance. The inaugural program featured the visionary filmmaker and one-of-a-kind personality John Waters.

BASILICA FARM & FLEA
Holiday Market: November 26-28
Inspired by the abundance of passionate and talented farmers, collectors and artisans in the Hudson region, each marketplace features a diverse group of vendors and locally-sourced, farm-fresh foods. Featuring vintage objects for home and garden, wild edibles, crafts and more. Presented in collaboration with Hudson River Exchange.