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Festival Year in Review

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Goals for 2014: Go Create; Capture Inspiration; Always Have Fun!

What better to spark your creativity, inspiration, and fun than celebrating the amazing global festival scene of last year.

We’ve chosen some of the best photos from our festival producers and promoters, artists and bands, and audiences and fans in 156 countries, who have been posting, using, and connecting on KadmusArts.com.

This year’s Festival in Review soundtrack comes from one of the most popular bands based in South Africa, Freshlyground. The band’s artists come from South Africa, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. What better way to start the New Year than with the toast, “Be My Love!” from the opening of their get-up-and-dance track, “Fire is Low.”

We know 2014 will bring changes to our lives and to our work. After all, in 2013, KadmusArts was acquired by a Seattle based company, Festival Transaction Services. In 2014, we’ll be rolling out a new event platform to help festivals and fairs broaden and deepen their reach to audiences and provide events with the leading ticket and sponsorship processing, payment and promotion service. Thanks to FTS, going to festivals and fairs is about to get a whole lot easier, with more rewards and more fun.

From all of us at KadmusArts and our new colleagues’ team at FTS,

Happy New Year!

We wish that everyday of 2014 be a festival for you!

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Festival Year in Review

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Want to carry the festive spirit through all of 2013?

To celebrate the New Year and inspire your 2013 travels, KadmusArts brings together some of the best images from last year’s festivals. All of the photos come from KadmusArts’ users: festival producers, promoters, artists, bands, audiences and fans from all over the world.

The Festival Year in Review soundtrack, Chal Diye, is created by Zeb and Haniya. From their home base in Lahore, Pakistan, Zeb and Haniya write amazing original songs, perform in Turkish, Dari and Pushto, and bring a fresh sensibility to songs and melodies from Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan. Their performances transcend borders and transport audiences. Isn’t that what festivals are all about?

This is why we do what we do at KadmusArts: to help you travel, discover, and create.

From all of us at KadmusArts,
Happy New Year!
May you have a festival-filled 2013!

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2012 Arts in Memoriam

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Candles

Original Photo by martinak15Creative Commons License Some Rights Reserved

As we come to the end of the year, take a moment with all of us at KadmusArts to remember the world’s significant artists, producers, and creative leaders who passed away in 2012. Their work inspired, entertained, and enlightened us. Their legacy is our common cultural heritage.

Actors
Ian Abercrombie
Norman Alden
Bob Anderson
Dimitra Arliss
R.G. Armstrong
Dick Beals
Jaspal Bhatti
Anita Bjork
Ernest Borgnine
Olympe Bradna
Phil Bruns
Frank Cady
Janet Carroll
Dorothy Carter
Leo Cimino
John Clive
Sam Coppola
Denis Darcel
Richard Dawson
Phyllis Diller
William Duell
Michael Clarke Duncan
Charles Durning
Clive Dunn
Enebeli Elebuwa
Chad Everett
James Farentino
William Finley
Steve Franken
Al Freeman, Jr.
Jonathan Frid
Ben Gazzara
Earle Gister
Lou Goldstein
Don Grady
Andy Griffith
Larry Hagman
Peter Halliday
Jack Hanlon
Robert Hegyes
Sherman Hemsley
Brian Hibbard
Bill Hinzman
Celeste Holm
Neil Hope
Geoffrey Hughes
David Iherzie
James Iroha
Steve Ben Israel
Caroline John
Kathryn Joosten
Erland Josephson
Steven Kanumba
Alex Karras
David Kelly
Rajesh Khanna
Jack Klugman
Sylvia Kristel
George Lindsey
Herbert Lom
Susanne Lothar
Richard Lynch
Philip Madoc
Patricia Medina
John Moffatt
Tom Murrin
Kanzaburo Nakamura
Jerry Nelson
Frederick Neumann
Oscar Núñez
Paul O’Sullivan
Lupe Ontiveros
Ron Palillo
Robert Paterson
Deborah Raffin
Joyce Redman
Winston Rekert
Angharad Rees
Joan Roberts
Ann Rutherford
Dinah Sheridan
Dara Singh
Doris Singleton
Victor Spinetti
Warren Stevens
Eric Sykes
Mary Tamm
Bill Tarmey
Leonard Termo
Phyllis Thaxter
Ginny Tyler
Susan Tyrrell
Sullivan Walker
Simon Ward
Anthony Williams
Nicol Williamson
William Windom
Isuzu Yamada

Arts Critics & Scholars
Mary Campbell
Judith Crist
Lloyd Dykk
Daniel Gerould
Donal Henahan
Mary C. Henderson
Robert Hughes
Howard Kissel
Hilton Kramer
Alan Kriegsman
Dmitri Nabokov
Santuza Cambraia Naves
Andrew Sarris

Dance
Frances Alenikoff
Lois Bewley
Rachel Browne
Remy Charlip
Nigel Charnock
Richard Cragun
Niles Ford
Jeni LeGon
Yvonne Mounsey
Shaun O’Brien
Miguel Terekhov
Ethel Winter

Directors
Theo Angelopoulos
William Asher
Paul Bogart
Yash Chopra
Stephen Dwoskin
Leonardo Favio
Pyotr Fomenko
Ulu Grosbard
Zalman King
Stanley Long
Kurt Maetzig
Theodore Mann
Chris Marker
Albert Marre
Judith Martin
Claude Miller
Robert Nelson
John Rich
Pierre Schoendoerffer
Tony Scott
Kaneto Shindo
Emily Squires
George Stoney
Mel Stuart
Jiri Zizka

Musicians & Music Biz
Mark Abrahamian
Richard Adler
Maurice André
Inez Andrews
Charles Anthony
Billy Barnes
Fontella Bass
Richard Rodney Bennett
Paavo Berglund
Eddie Bert
Eddie Blazonczyk
Bob Babbitt
Mickey Baker
Eddie Bertrand
Lloyd Brevett
Chuck Brown
Dave Brubeck
Eddie Burns
Larry Butler
Max Bygraves
Terry Callier
Earl ‘Speedo’ Carroll
Elliott Carter
Ed Cassidy
Jimmy Castor
Lisa Della Cassa
Dee Cernile
Teddy Charles
Lili Chookasian
Ray Collins
Elizabeth Connell
Pete Cosey
B.B. Cunningham, Jr
José Curbelo
Carlo Curley
Nick Curran
Ted Curson
Marcel Curuchet
Hal David
Kay Davis
Michael Davis
Lucio Dalla
Carl Davis
Bill Dees
Robert Dickey
Doug Dillard
Lee Dorman
Bill Doss
William Duckworth
Cleve Duncan
Donald Dunn
Jimmy Ellis
Chris Ethridge
Martin Fay
Ruth Fernandez
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Von Freeman
Bridie Gallagher
Robin Gibb
R.B. Greaves
Brent Grulke
Greg Ham
Marvin Hamlisch
Major Harris
Jonathan Harvey
Ghazal King Mehdi Hassan
Bob Henry
Hans Werner Henze
Larry Hoppen
Michael Hossack
Whitney Houston
Etta James
Davy Jones
Peter Jones
Pierre Juneau
Dick Kniss
Lina Lalandi
Huw Lloyd Langton
Barbara Lea
Evelyn Lear
Ricardo Legorreta
Gustav Leonhardt
Jimmy Little
Everett Lilly
Mort Lindsey
MC Loph
Jon Lord
Andrew Love
Eric Lowen
Mitch Lucker
Michael Marra
Calvin Marsh
Jim Marshall
Tommy Marth
Tony Martin
Jairo Varela Martínez
Jimmy McCracklin
Dorothy McGuire
Barney McKenna
Scott McKenzie
Fred Milano
Ilhan Mimaroglu
Ronnie Montrose
Carlos Moseley
Joe Muranyi
Patricia Neway
Johnny Otis
David Peaston
Robert Poulton
Frances Williams Preston
Dory Previn
Lou Pride
Duy Quang
Raylene Rankin
Louisiana Red
Herb Reed
Natina Reed
Christopher Reimer
Ruggiero Ricci
Winston Riley
Jenni Rivera
Richard Robbins
Charles Rosen
Peter Rosenfeld
Jimmy Sabater
Domna Samiou
Mike Scaccia
Billy Scott
Earl Scruggs
Ravi Shankar
Robert Sherman
Danny Sims
Tony Sly
Carrie Smith
Joe South
Luis Alberto Spinetta
Chris Stamp
King Stitt
Billy Strange
Donna Summer
Ranking Trevor
Yomo Toro
Trololo
Mihaela Urusleasa
Chavela Vargas
Galina Vishnevskaya
Warda
Dave Ware
Doc Watson
Bert Weedon
Alexis Weissenberg
Bob Welch
Kitty Wells
Bob Weston
Marva Whitney
Andy Williams
Camilla Williams
Abram Wilson
Frank Wilson
Yaffa Yarkoni
Adam Yauch
Zvi Zeitlin

Producers
Richard Alf
Gerry Anderson
Herbert Breslin
John Coates
Don Cornelius
Jake Eberts
Norman Felton
Robert Finkel
Gil Friesen
Pete Fronatale
Richard Hopkins
Chris Lighty
Frank Peppiatt
Bingham Ray
Yuri Rasovsky
Martin Richards
Irving Saraf
Martin Segal
Isiah Sheffer
Donald F. Smith
Joan Stein
Don Tucker
Amos Vogel
Richard Zanuck

Visual Arts & Design
Michael Asher
Will Barnet
Barton Lidice Benes
Karl Benjamin
Marshall Bouldin
Frederick J. Brown
Richard Bruno
Elizabeth Catlett
Adam Cullen
Hillman Curtis
Tissa David
Raoul De Keyser
Leo Dillon
Jean Giraud (Moebius)
Eiko Ishioka
Paul Jenkins
Mike Kelley
Thomas Kinkade
Joe Kubert
Mauricio Lasansky
Louis le Brocquy
Steven Leiber
Ralph McQuarrie
Sheldon Moldoff
Eileen Moran
LeRoy Neiman
Oscar Niemeyer
Martin Pakledinaz
Ken Price
Gordon Pynn
Carlos Rambaldi
Spain Rodriguez
Harris Savides
Jan Sawka
Ronald Searle
Anita Steckel
Dorothy Tanning
Antoni Tàpies
William Turnull
David Weiss
Franz West
George Wyllie

Photographers
Eve Arnold
Cris Alexander
Malcolm Browne
Horst Faas
Martine Franck
Pedro Guerrero
Cornel Lucas
Sunil Janah
Alf Kumalo
Roger Prigent
Ken Regan
Homai Vyarawalla

Writers & Publishers
John Arden
Warsame Shire Awale
Jacques Barzun
Nina Bawden
Jan Berenstein
Peter Bergman
Doris Betts
Maeve Binchy
David Bowman
Christine Brooke-Rose
Helen Gurley Brown
Ernest Callenbach
Don Campbell
Virginia Spencer Carr
Alexandra Chichkanova
Antonio Cisneros
Henry Colman
Bryce Courtenay
Jean Craighead
Harry Crews
Simin Daneshvar
Tom Davis
Henry Denker
Ellen Douglas
Jacques Dupin
Nora Ephron
Irvin Faust
Eva Figes
Shulamith Firestone
Philip Fradkin
Ronald Fraser
Maurice S. Friedman
Carlos Fuentes
Paul Fussell
Sunil Gangopadhyay
Angelica Garnett
Jack Gilbert
Kathi Goldmark
Al Gordon
Bill Granger
Tonino Guerra
Rosa Guy
William Hanley
Harry Harrison
Michael Henry Heim
C. David Heymann
Charles Higham
Reginald Hill
Daryl Hine
John Keegan
Jerome Kilty
Larry L. King
Alan Kirschenbaum
Arno Lustiger
Frederica Sagor Maas
Margaret Mahy
Jean Merrill
Carmen Naranjo
Lewis Nordan
Mark O’Donnell
Frank Pierson
David Rackoff
Adrienne Rich
Jack Richardson
Barney Rosset
Robert Sabatier
Dora Saint
Alexander Saxton
Maurice Sendak
Gitta Sereny
Louis Simpson
Josef Skvorecky
Han Suyin
Wislawa Szymborska
Antonio Tabucchi
Nguyen Chi Thien
Tereska Torrès
Barry Unsworth
Gore Vidal
Eduard Volodarsky
Reinhold Weege
Reed Whittemore
Digby Wolfe

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‘Tis the Season to be Generous

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Michael Fields

This time of year, many of us are inundated with solicitation letters from not-for-profits for good works and causes. Here’s one, though, that caught our attention. This one came from one of the world’s great theatre companies and festivals, Dell’Arte International of Blue Lake, California.

The letter, from Dell’Arte’s producing artistic director Michael Fields, wonderfully captures a genuine passion for their work, demonstrates a vital connection to a community, gives a reason to smile and, oh, yeah, reminds us that amazing artists create great work.

If you’re looking for an inspiration to be generous, meet Dell’Arte:

Dear Friends of Dell’Arte,

As I write this annual appeal for Dell’Arte, I am also writing a TEDx talk on the nature of laughter and its relationship to the health of a place and a community. So one cannot help but influence the other. And in the course of research I found this. It was recently voted the funniest joke in Denmark where I often travel and work.

An Alsatian dog went to a telegram office, took out a blank form and wrote, “Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof.” The clerk examined the paper and politely told the dog: “There are only nine words here. You could send another ‘Woof’ for the same price.” “But,” the dog replied, “that would make no sense at all.”

I don’t exactly know why I laugh, but I do. And somewhere along the way, I understand much more about Denmark. This is what we aspire to do in a very deep way at Dell’Arte. We seek to engage the human comedy, which reveals the foibles of us all. We train theatre makers and make theatre that acknowledges that life is 51% comedy and 49% tragedy. And we do this with a poetic ferocity that strives to lift it from the banal into the profound and truly engage the communities we work for and with. In this era of increasing dogmatic rigidity and seriously divisive dialogue, I often think of the words of that old PBS radical, Mr. Rogers, who said, “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It is easy to say, It is not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem. Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.”

In many respects you are our heroes and heroines. We cannot exist without you. That is the essential nature of who we are and what we believe in. Making theatre always needs at least two to tango. It’s a relationship, not a commodity. And here we are at the beginning of a new season. We need your help. It has been your generosity and enthusiasm that has made these past 42 years possible. And we hope that you will continue to help support the work of Dell’Arte into the future.

Help us take the holiday show THE FISH IN MY HEAD to over 7,000 people and families all over this region for free at the holidays and collect thousands of pounds of food that is given to food banks to distribute during the holiday season. Help us make the 2013 Mad River Festival, this year featuring Dell’Arte doing Shakespeare (different I promise you), and honoring co-founder Jane Hill with a Lifetime Achievement award. Help us take our work throughout this place and beyond via our touring, rural residencies, and community based projects like EXIT 101.

This work is real. It matters. It brings together that rare convergence of amazing work, a great community, and the real possibility to shape the future. We wish you and yours a great holiday season and peace in the new year. We thank you for your support. And as Charlie Chaplin said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.”

All the best from all of us at Dell’Arte.

Michael Fields, Producing Artistic Director

Isn’t that great?

Don’t waste your day: Here’s how to Donate Online, or you can send a tax-deductible donation by mail: Dell’Arte International, PO Box 816, Blue Lake, CA 95525.

- Bill Reichblum

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Best Shots from the Best Festivals

Monday, November 19th, 2012

photographer

Original Photo by kris krügCreative Commons License Some Rights Reserved

Have a great picture from a festival this year?

Each year to celebrate the New Year, KadmusArts creates a video feature of the best festival photographs submitted by our users — festival presenters and promoters, artists and bands, audiences and fans from around the world. 

Take a look at last year’s Festival Year in Review, with a soundtrack from the amazing Blitz the Ambassador.

Photographs should be at least 1024×768 in size or 1 megapixel. Please include all relevant festival information so that we can properly credit the event and the photographer. Of course, if you have any questions about formatting or the feature, please don’t hesitate to let us know. You can submit up to 3 photos to be considered in our selection process. So, choose your best!

The deadline is December 6, 2012, 4:00pm EST.  

Thank you for sharing your travels, your discoveries, and your creations and helping to spread Festival Love!

– Bill Reichblum

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