Secret City Art Revival in Woodstock

Artistic director Chris Wells (photo by Dion Ogust)

The Obie-winning performance group the Secret City returns to Woodstock with the Secret City Art Revival, a weekend festival of site-specific performance and installation. It takes place from Thursday, July 26 to Sunday, July 29, beginning with a kickoff party at the Byrdcliffe Barn on Thursday at 6 p.m. and ending with the main event, an artistic tent revival featuring Amanda Palmer, Rebel Girls and more under a tent at Andy Lee Field, on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Secret City presses a number of established and ad hoc venues into service throughout the weekend, including Mowers’ Field, the Woodstock Library Lawn, Comeau Park, the Village Green and various businesses. 

In creating the event, Chris Wells, artistic director of the Secret City, hoped to make “something inclusive that all people would derive a sense of joy and connection from. It’s a community celebration of the arts, with a live band, a community choir, a lineup of performers and artists, crazy outfits – and everybody has a really great time!”

“Part of the excitement is that it’s a different show every time you come,” says Wells. “You never know what you’re going to get. But it’s always a cool, interesting lineup of people who are making and doing unlikely and interesting things.”


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