Editor’s Picks: 10 days of Breckenridge International Festival of Arts | SummitDaily.com

Editor’s Picks: 10 days of Breckenridge International Festival of Arts

After a year's worth of planning that began almost immediately after its debut last year, the second annual Breckenridge International Festival of Arts begins today with the Trail Mix series, L'homme Cirque, art installations, music and more.

To bring international acts to Colorado, many for the first time, takes a lot of planning and commitment by the dedicated folks over at Breckenridge Creative Arts and partnering organizations like Breckenridge Music Festival (BMF) and Breckenridge Film Festival. These types of partnerships between creative organizations only help propel the arts in Summit County, offering many different types of performances and spectacles in one event. And, to top it off, a majority of these events are also free, giving families a fun activity for the weekend, or those who might not have the opportunity otherwise to say, go to a BMF performance, the chance.

"It's really a dynamic partnership … using our core musicians in a variety of ways," said BMF executive director Tamara Nuzzaci Park.

It gives people the opportunity to hear a different type of music than something they might download on iTunes, she elaborated, or a venue to experience the music in a nontraditional setting, such as the outdoors and along Breckenridge's trails.

Organizers at Breck Create have spent the past year planning this summer's festivities, and even longer in some cases, such as bringing Switzerland's David Dimitri and his one-man circus act to the county. Robb Woulfe, president and CEO of Breck Create, has wanted to bring Dimitri's performance to the backdrop of the mountains since he saw the act in Montreal in 2013, and has spent the last year and a half planning to bring this dream to fruition. After flying into the U.S. last week, Dimitri met his gear at a port in Florida, renting an 18-wheeler and driving it himself across the country for his first (and currently only) Colorado performance. The minute BIFA 2016 is over, it will be time to begin looking at summer 2017.

A couple of other highlights include a performance by indie rock band Calexico on Wednesday, Aug. 17, and National Public Radio's The Moth on Thursday, Aug. 18. Check out a full feature on Calexico today on page 14, and check out Saturday's SDN for more on The Moth.

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During a summer where new food and drink festivals seem to be popping up every weekend, BIFA stands out from the pack. Not only with the participation of its partnering organizations, but with its mission of bringing a multidisciplinary event with something for everyone to the county, and tailoring the events to have a sense of adventure and creativity within it.

"I felt like that's why people live and visit this place — that sense of adventure, high adrenaline and creativity," Woulfe said.

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