We are excited to announce the initial wave of 2021 season programming plans, celebrating a genre-spanning array of film, music, art, conversation and live performance that accommodate COVID-19 safety protocols.

2020 challenged Basilica to offer new, creative ways to connect. In 2021, we will continue expanding our ONLINE programming through podcasts and livestreams, getting to know our neighbors for OFF SITE Basilica satellite events and activating our OUTSIDE campus with visiting artists. 

These expanded formats wouldn’t be possible without the support of our dedicated community, long-term partners and new collaborators. This season, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting independent artists, bringing FREE and low-cost events to the Hudson Valley region, sharing resources that sustain small businesses and advocating for local, intersectional environmental action. 

All of Basilica Hudson’s programs were free in 2020 thanks to new partnerships and the integral support from our Kickstarter backers. In 2021, Basilica will continue these accessible programs with the support of Patreon, our sustaining membership program, among other innovative collaborations and initiatives. 

The return of DRONE AT HOME, our Non-Fiction Screening Series, and the Hudson As Muse Artist In Residence Series are in the final planning stages, along with our beloved Basilica SoundScape which we are proud to present for the first time since 2019. Basilica will collaboratively produce this signature event offsite at the gorgeous outdoor venue PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, in Chatham, NY. Basilica SoundScape represents the spirit of alliance between some of those hit hardest by the pandemic in the creative sector: arts organizations, the independent artists they elevate and the steadfast audiences who cherish in-person experiential art. 

More details will follow as the season gets underway. Stay tuned!


Our upcoming eleventh season has been shaped around monthly themes that define Basilica’s values: climate action, strengthening local economies, cross pollination with other arts organizations, and celebrating independent artists through film, art, music and conversation. We look forward to you joining us this season!

Saturday, April 24 – Sunday, April 25, Presented with Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM
Basilica and Wave Farm will each invite five sound artists to contribute a 60-minute performance for this online broadcast version of 24-HOUR DRONE. Assembled, this newly commissioned 10-hour drone program will be the featured content for DRONE AT HOME 2021. Contributors include 24-HOUR DRONE co-founders Le Guess Who? and more TBA. Highlights from past 24-HOUR DRONE event archives will flesh out the rest of the 24-hour program. DETAILS.

APRIL: Earth Day
BASILICA GREEN is our mission to increase climate action through innovative cultural programming. The month of April will highlight this work through our Basilica Conversation Series Podcast, as participants in The Future of Small Cities’ Sustainable Futures Conference, an expanded collaboration with solar provider, program partner SunCommon and a community Earth Day celebration with artist in residence Erika deVries.

MAY: Local Sustainable & Equitable Economies
While we are unable to hold the Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market in-person this year, we commit to strategizing new ways to support our loyal vendors and advocate for a sustainable local economy. Extending from our 2020 Farm & Flea Virtual Market developed with support from the City of Hudson Tourism Board, we look forward to continuing to highlight the region’s talents and entrepreneurial spirit.

JUNE: Counter Culture
June has historically been the month of our dearly missed (FREAK) FLAG DAY late night dance party, the freakier counterpart to Hudson’s Annual Flag Day Parade. The last time we convened in that spirit was June 2019, when we joyously celebrated with the ALL THE BODIES Pride afterparty. This coming June we will uplift these celebrations through virtual conversations, offsite and outside events with local partners. We trust that dance parties and fireworks will find their ways back into our lives and Hudson’s waterfront soon.

JULY: Arts and Ecology
Anchored in our longstanding commitment to the arts and environmental legacies in the Hudson River Valley, the peak of summer is a perfect time for place-based connections and explorations in local arts and ecology. Collaborations in conversation, outside and offsite happenings with other local arts and ecology-focused organizations will unfold, details TBA.

AUGUST: The Hudson Eye
Basilica Hudson is thrilled to once again join as a participating venue of this year’s The Hudson Eye, a 10-day celebration of the arts community in Hudson that helps stimulate creativity and connectivity. Presented by the Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation and arranged by curator Aaron Levi Garvey.

SEPTEMBER: Basilica SoundScape: A Weekend of Music + Art
Basilica Hudson and PS21 Present: Basilica SoundScape 2021 (10 Year anniversary edition!), first time ever presented off-site at PS21 Chatham, NY. In collaboration with The Creative Independent, Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7 FM, H0L0 and others TBA. DETAILS.

Ongoing Programs

Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series
May – October at the Greenville Drive-In
Basilica’s Non-Fiction Screening Series hosted at the historic Greenville Drive-In merges the cross-cultural power of documentary filmmaking with the timeless tradition of outdoor filmgoing. Partners include Berkshire International Film Festival, SunCommon, ALL ARTS and more TBA. DETAILS.

Hudson As Muse Basilica Artist in Residence Series
All season
The series invites artists to explore the location itself as muse and to create work with the eclectic present and past of this river city as central inspiration, working in partnership with neighboring cultural institutions and organizations. Current artist in residence Erika deVries’ 12-foot neon sculpture titled Seven Sisters is on display on our campus through April. Over the summer, artist Kamau Amu Patton, presented in partnership with Toolshed, will continue his research on the poetics of landscape and engage directly with the Tool Shed Garden at Basilica. DETAILS.

Basilica Conversation Series Podcast
April – All season
Building on the momentum of the October 2020 Conversation Series, Basilica Hudson Co-Founder and Director Melissa Auf der Maur takes the time to connect and converse with independent and innovative voices that reflect our mission to support artists, filmmakers, musicians and climate change advocates using the arts to achieve policy change benefitting all. DETAILS.


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.

The Hudson As Muse Basilica Back Gallery Artist In Residence Series is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

The Hudson As Muse Basilica Back Gallery Artist In Residence Series is 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.
Basilica Hudson’s programming is supported by a large roster of generous sponsors and community partners. More information is available at Basilica Hudson Supporters.