World’s First Live-Streamed Performing Arts Festival Goes Live Next Month

By Megan O'Neill 

Next month VisualArtsTV is launching WiredArts Fest, the first of its kind, live-streamed performing arts festival.  From February 19 through March 2, viewers will be able to tune in live to watch a variety of performances while participating in live chat discussions and interacting with one another on Twitter and Facebook.

According to a press release, “Performances in the WiredArts Fest include Abstract Nude, written by Gwydion Suilebhan (a true digital play experience that challenges the audience to ‘create yourself in your own image’), Exit 12 (a NYC-based dance company whose work is based on Artistic Director Roman Baba’s service in the Marines which was recently featured on CNN), Huis Clos (following a sold-out run and performed in French with English subtitles), Alice and Elizabeth’s One Woman Show (an award winning real live comedy about friendship, feminism, aging and cancer) and Die: Roll to Proceed (an audience participatory choose-your-own-adventure comedy with 240 possible outcomes).”

VisualArtsTV CEO Kathryn Jones told me via email that twelve music, dance and theater companies will be performing in the festival.  “We are proud to say that we have theater-both comedy and drama, dance, solo shows, music, social action theater and educational theater.  We have companies from France, Mexico and Turkey.  We even have an Iraq War Veteran who is also a trained classical dancer and has used dance to help him transition back into life after war.”

Tickets for the various performances are available on the VirtualArtsTV website.  Both live-streaming tickets and in-theater tickets are available.  The live show will be streamed from The New Media Center at The Secret Theater in NY.

Jones says, “We fervently believe that there is a massive market opportunity for the live-streamed performing arts that is not being addressed.  The performing arts community is struggling with a steady decline in in-person audiences that has continued for more than 20 years, but our work and our research tells us that the audience isn’t in decline, it’s online.”  With the WiredArts Fest, VisualArtsTV is experimenting with reaching this online audience and it will be exciting to see what the turnout is like!

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video expert here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.