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Guilford Performing Arts Festival

October 13, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until October 14, 2017

One event on October 15, 2017 at 1:00pm

Mark Your Calendar for the Guilford Performing Arts Festival

Festival Schedule

From October 12-15, 2017, performing artists will gather in Guilford to present music, dance and theater compositions and workshops—a variety of genres and disciplines—at the first Guilford Performing Arts Festival (GPAF). Brought together from near and far—from Guilford, Connecticut, to Birmingham, England—they are seasoned professionals who have graced stages around the world, as well as upcoming artists seeking the limelight at local venues.

The GPAF will offer more than 50 events at 17 locations around the Guilford Green and in other places throughout the town. Events range from bluegrass and rock to opera and Broadway hits, ballet to social dancing, poetry, drama, audience-participation shows, workshops and more, including music in elementary schools. All events are free and open to the public on a first-come basis.

The four-day celebration is dedicated to enriching the lives of Guilford residents and visitors, welcoming them not only as audience members but also as participants. It brings to fruition a long-held aspiration of Guilford resident William Boughton, director of the Guilford Performing Arts Festival.

“The arts raise our awareness of the world in which we live with each creator introducing a unique perspective to our understanding and appreciation of who we are and our relationship to the specific art form,” states Boughton.

He continues, “I am indebted to our presenting sponsor, the Guilford Foundation, to our other sponsors and patrons, and to the artists, as well as to the volunteers, all of whom have made the Guilford Performing Arts Festival possible.”

About William Boughton: Born into a musical family, William Boughton has conducted orchestras from San Francisco to Tallinn. He was the founder/director of the English Symphony Orchestra and became the tenth music director of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra in 2007. Besides his performing career, he is a dedicated teacher and is on the faculty of Yale School of Music and Honorary Professor of the Central University in China. He has received numerous accolades, including two ASCAP awards, honorary doctorate from Coventry University, Jyvkasyla City (Finland) Arts Award and the New Haven Chamber of Commerce Annual Award for outstanding achievement to the City.


Shoreline Theatrical Arts is the 2017 fiscal sponsor of the Guilford Performing Arts Festival.



October 13, 2017
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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