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Festivals and Artistic Focuses

Carnegie Hall’s festivals and special artistic focuses provide in-depth explorations of music, culture, and more. Festivals frequently include partner events, such as talks, film screenings, exhibitions, and performances at cultural and academic partner organizations across New York City. Artistic focuses feature music closely associated with a cultural milestone or a historical period. From the artistic glories of Venice to the powerful stories of migrations to and within America, Carnegie Hall’s festivals and artistic focuses take you on fascinating journeys of discovery.

2021–2022 Season

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Afrofuturism: A Citywide Festival

Take a journey to the world of Afrofuturism—an ever-expansive aesthetic and practice—where music, visual arts, science fiction, and technology intersect to imagine alternate realities and a liberated future viewed through the lens of Black cultures.

Past Festivals

Voices of Hope

April 16–30, 2021

Migrations: The Making of America

February 28–May 31, 2019

The ’60s: The Years that Changed America

January 14–March 24, 2018

La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic

February 3–21, 2017

UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa

October 8–November 5, 2014

Vienna: City of Dreams

February 20–March 16, 2014

Voices from Latin America

November 8–December 11, 2012


December 14, 2010–April 9, 2011

Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: A Festival Celebrating Chinese Culture

October 21–November 10, 2009

HONOR! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy, Curated by Jessye Norman

March 4–23, 2009

Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds

September 24–December 13, 2008

Berlin in Lights

November 2–18, 2007

Past Artistic Focuses

Beethoven Celebration


Bruckner Symphony Cycle

January 2017

Before Bach

April 7–May 1, 2015

Britten 100


American Mavericks

March 2012

New York City at the Turn of the Century


Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg


A Golden Age of Music


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