Harvard University’s 22nd annual Arts First festival, showcasing student and faculty creativity, will take place Thu.-Sun., May 1-4. Sponsored by Harvard’s Board of Overseers and produced by the Office for the Arts at Harvard with partners across the University, this year’s festival will feature more than 200 music, theater, dance, film, visual arts and multidisciplinary events at indoor and outdoor venues. All events are open to the public, most free of charge.
The festival’s signature performance fair will take place on Sat., May 3, from 1 pm to 5 pm, featuring more than 100 free public performances and presentations at a dozen venues in and around Harvard Yard, including the Plaza located between the Science Center and the north side of Harvard Yard. Kicking off the fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be performances on the Plaza by the Harvard Jazz Bands and the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra, the latter performing Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” conducted by Maestro Federico Cortese.