Big City Arts Descend on Breckenridge

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Do you love living in Colorado but miss the arts and culture of big cities like New York or San Francisco? Breck Create, an organization devoted to supporting and promoting arts, culture, and creative experiences throughout Breckenridge, shows us we can live the mountain lifestyle and still have big city-quality arts and culture with its annual Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (BIFA).

This August, BIFA offers 10 days of carefully curated events that include visual art, music, film, interactive theater, classes, tours, a contemporary circus, environmental installations, and a very inventive category affectionately titled, spectacle.

Visual art enthusiasts will love Ephemeral Pathways, a series of photo-based collages inspired by the Rocky Mountains or Contemplative Environments, a mixed media exhibition that brings the outdoors in.

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Fans of big music should not miss Itchy-O, a 30-plus piece marching band that draws inspiration from many cultures, while fans of theater will want to experience ANTS, an interactive, roving performance that has giant ants bringing children together in a gentle and intriguing landscape project.

A very special performance by the famous Casus Circus will delight people of all ages as performers display seemingly impossible feats of brute strength.

And what about spectacle? What does that entail? One example is Birdmen by Close-Act Theatre, where large, illuminated pterodactyl-like creatures descend upon Blue River Plaza and roam through the streets of downtown Breckenridge. How cool is that?

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This is just a sampling of all the amazing opportunities for awe and amazement at this year’s BIFA. BIFA runs from August 11th through the 20th. To learn more about all its great activities, shows, and performances, visit

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