We are excited to announce the first key dates and details for our 2019 season, celebrating our ninth season of programming with a genre-spanning array of film, music, art, literature and live performance throughout 2019.
We are delighted to be back for our ninth season, and are so excited for what this year will bring. While we dig deep into planning and programming, from 24-HOUR DRONE to the Basilica Back Gallery series, we are striving to engage with and strengthen our relations with leaders, partners and friends in our city and region. We want to create a dynamic forum for forward-thinking cultural exchange, sustainable community and meaningful change, and are building our 2019 programs with this mission at our core.
More than 85% of all Basilica Hudson programs were free or low-cost in 2018 and, thanks to a number of new funding opportunities, Basilica will improve on this in 2019 to become even more broadly accessible, with all film screenings and Back Gallery exhibitions open to the public at no cost to attendees. The full film program and list of artists selected for Basilica’s Back Gallery artist in residence program will follow as the season gets underway.
Following a pre-season winter festival of sculpture, performance and folklore with Imbolc Riverfire on February 2nd, Basilica’s 2019 season will launch in earnest on April 27 – 28 with the return of 24-HOUR DRONE, a long-form homage to sound which spans genres and continents in its celebration of the ancient tradition of drone – sustained tones in music of all kinds. Basilica’s large-scale independent marketplace Basilica Farm & Flea returns with the start of Spring, before Basilica’s summer program kicks into gear with regular free film screenings, art exhibitions, concerts and dance parties. As fall approaches, Basilica SoundScape returns with a wide-ranging weekend of music and art, before Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market closes out the season with a ‘no barcode, no plastic wrap’ alternative to big box Black Friday shopping.
Saturday, February 2
A celebration of visual art, music and sculpture, presented by Basilica Hudson and Harpooned Productions. Named after the traditional Gaelic festival marking the beginning of Spring, Imbolc Riverfire draws on and reimagines various traditional practices in a contemporary art context. DETAILS
24-HOUR DRONE: EXPERIMENTS IN SOUND AND MUSIC
Saturday, April 27 – Sunday, April 28
Basilica Hudson and Le Guess Who? Festival present 24-HOUR DRONE: an immersive, all-encompassing homage to sound. Featuring an international roster of musicians and sound artists working in electronic, psychedelic, classical, non-western, instrumental and other genres incorporating drone to create a full 24 hours of unbroken sound, 24-HOUR DRONE captures Basilica Hudson at its most experimental and experiential. DETAILS
Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market
Saturday, May 11 – Sunday, May 12
Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market arrives in time for Mother’s Day gifts and a much-needed end-of-hibernation celebration. Shop local, handmade and vintage with an abundance of makers, collectors, farmers, artists and chefs harnessing the spirit and beauty of the Hudson Valley. Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market returns to create a dynamic weekend of celebration and renewal. DETAILS
(FREAK) FLAG DAY
Saturday, June 15
Cloaked by night and surrounded by colorful explosions, Basilica’s annual dance party acts as a freakier counterpart to Hudson’s annual Flag Day celebrations, featuring performances and dancing into the wee hours. The evening kicks off at sundown with the best seat in town for Hudson’s spectacular fireworks display (one of the largest in the Hudson Valley, launched from Basilica’s parking lot), and the freaky festivities take off from there, with a new-wave and industrial dance party raising flags and funds for art and freaks. DETAILS
Basilica SoundScape: Weekend of Music + Art
Friday, September 13 – Sunday, September 15
Presented in collaboration with The Creative Independent, Basilica SoundScape incorporates live concert performances, conceptual sound performances, author readings, installations, collaborations, curated local vendors, on-site activities and more, creating an immersive weekend of art, music, and culture. Basilica SoundScape features a lineup of some to the most innovative and genre-pushing musicians, visual artists and writers working today, with unique collaborations across disciplines. DETAILS
Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market
Friday, November 29 – Sunday, November 30
Born Thanksgiving Weekend 2013 as an antidote to the big box, corporate nature of Black Friday, Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market is part timeless flea and farmer’s market and part 21st century craft and design fair, showcasing the wealth and splendor of the Hudson Valley’s artisanal talents. Each market features a diverse group of regional vendors selling their wares alongside locally-sourced, farm-fresh foods. The markets capture a love of vintage and recycled goods, locally-sourced agriculture and the beautifully handmade. With over 10,000 square feet of raw space, Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market is the only market of this scale in the region. DETAILS
Basilica Non-Fiction Screenings Series
June through November
Basilica’s long-standing film program will return for 2019, allowing audiences to experience the power of the big screen at no cost to attendees. For the fourth consecutive year, the Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series will form the bulk of Basilica’s film program, celebrating the cross-cultural potential of documentary filmmaking through free community screenings and discussions with filmmakers. Basilica Hudson is dedicated to screening documentary films and to presenting films produced and directed by local emerging filmmakers whenever possible. DETAILS
Basilica Back Gallery and Artist in Residence Program
Basilica Hudson’s Back Gallery artist in residency series will return, inviting artists to explore Basilica’s location itself as muse, with exhibitions in its 2,000-square-foot Back Gallery. Past residents have included NYC downtown veteran Jack Walls, filmmaker Harmony Korine, painter Haley Josephs, Dylan Kraus, Rose Salane, Marc Swanson, documentary photographers Atish Saha and Bryan MacCormack, Alon Koppel, Sonia Corinna, Annie Bielski and HQTBD. DETAILS
Basilica’s Hope On The Hudson Series
Basilica Hudson will again partnership with award-winning environmental filmmaker Jon Bowermaster and Oceans 8 Films for a free, environmentally-focused series designed to give attendees the tools and the language to better protect the earth at this crucial moment in our region and planet’s future.
Basilica Hudson’s Film and Media program is generously supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Alexander & Marjorie Hover Foundation.
Basilica Hudson’s Back Gallery program is generously supported, in part, by the Martha Boschen Porter Fund and the Artist’s Resource Trust (A.R.T.) Fund, administered by Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.
Our music and marketplace programs are supported by a large roster of generous sponsors and community partners. More information is available at Basilica Hudson Supporters.