Now in it’s 13th year, the organizers of PYGMALION have released the lineup for 2017. The festival will take place September 20 through September 24 in Champaign-Urbana, IL. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 30 and can be purchased here.
With a lineup featuring a diverse array of indie rock, hip hop, EDM, Americana, jazz, and experimental acts, PYGMALION remains one of the most engaging and progressive events worldwide, relative to the size of its host community. PYGMALION 2017 is the culmination of five years of expansion into four new components, including TECH, LITERATURE, FOOD, and a CRAFT FAIR, simply referred to as The Made Fest.
The festival kicks off on the 20th with a PechaKucha presentation that will tap the five components of the event. On Thursday September 21, the festival centers on Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, a five-theatre, multi-use facility and learning laboratory. Headlining performances by Julien Baker and Thundercat will be paired with a featured reading by author George Saunders, whose novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, was released earlier this year to world-wide critical acclaim. As is now tradition, these performances will be placed against the backdrop of a building-wide TECH Demo and Human Library, where innovators and engineers will showcase everything from virtual reality to robotics to modern 3-D printing, and fellow humans will tell stories to each other based upon particular subjects and topic matters.
Starting on Friday, September 22 and running through Saturday, September 23, PYGMALION returns to the heart of Downtown Champaign, and will combine the Music, Lit, Made, and Food components on one block, with five stages, indoor and out. Featuring nine local restaurants, over forty handmade craft vendors, multiple readings from authors and poets, and headline performances from Animal Collective, Thundercat SuperDuperKyle, BadBadNotGood, Noname and more – PYGMALION will take over the center of the city, and serve as a showcase to an event that has arrived at a turning point in its long and illustrious history. The full lineup can be viewed at www.thepygmalionfestival.com.
For the first time in its existence, PYGMALION will be organizing and running a Hackathon on-site at Research Park at UIUC. The event takes place September 23 and 24 and is being run with support from tech companies located in Champaign-Urbana including Wolfram Research, Deep Silver Volition, and Pixo. The inaugural 24-hour event will challenge coders, designers, engineers, and dreamers to build something that will affect change for social good in the local community. This type of interactive engagement is consistent with PYGMALION’s progressive approach to the development of its programming over the course of 13 years. More information about the scope of the event can be found here.
Support for The Pygmalion Festival comes from a wide range of organizations, businesses, and municipalities, including Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, City of Champaign, Goose Island Brewing Co., City of Urbana, Smile Politely Magazine, Research Park at UIUC, Mailchimp, and Ninth Letter, a literary journal published by University of Illinois Department of English.
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois is home to the state’s land grant, The University of Illinois, one of the largest research universities in the world, and has a prolific history of spawning an array of artists, record labels, industry professionals, and the like.