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The Sim Redmond Band
Photo by Ed Dittenhoefer
Road Man
Wassa Pan Africa Dance Ensemble
Circus Culture
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The Blind Spots
Ithaca Ballet
Empire Kings
Big Mean I-Town Revue


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To achieve these goals, we are turning to the community. If you enjoy this early celebration of summertime, participate in or look forward to the annual Festival Parade, and believe that supporting local artists of all genres and ages is important, then we encourage you to help us sustain our Festival. Whether you can afford $5 or $25 or $100 or some amount even more generous, your donation will ensure the future of the Ithaca Festival and Parade. Our goal is to raise $30,000 by the end of the year.

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By McKenzie Jones Rounds, May 17, 2017

We are very happy to be partnering with Cinemapolis again this year. As Ithaca's only independent non-profit movie theater, they are aligned with our mission of celebrating the artist in everyone. Please visit Cinemapolis on Sunday, June 4 for two very special events!

Shiny Gemstones Comedy Show

Headliner Madelein Smith has joined forces with her favorite comedians in New York to bring a fun, female-fronted comedy show to the Ithaca Arts Fest. About the comics: Kelsey Claire Hagen has frequently collaborated with Madelein Smith, producing the show "two feminists walk into a bar" and planning a July 2017 tour. Kelsey Claire is the mastermind behind "Don't Grab My Pussy", a variety show that raises money for sexual assault services. She has opened for Chris Kattan and was recently featured at the Burning Bridges festival in Pittsburgh, PA. Sarah Benson is a seasoned comic who has opened for Pete Holmes, performed at Comcast's Trial By Laughter, was a finalist in the Funniest Person in Rochester contest, and has been featured twice at Toronto's Shedot Festival. Headliner Madelein Smith graduated with a theater degree in 2012, and after being asked "what are you going to do with that?" At least 30 times, she decided to try stand up comedy. Since then, Madelein has produced a long running all female comedy showcase entitled Rage Against the Vageen at The Comedy Club in Rochester, NY, opened for Kevin Lee, Rich Vos, Marianne Sierk, Bobby Slayton and more, and performed on numerous comedy festivals in NYC, Toronto, LA, and everyone's favorite vegan paradise, Ithaca! She is excited to be back in the land of waterfalls.

Sunday, 5:30

$10 ($5 with a festival button)

BLANK, by Nassim Soleimanpour

The Cherry Arts presents the latest work from the ingenious creator of last years' hit White Rabbit Red Rabbit. BLANK is a warm and surprising work that upends the things we thought we knew about theater and the stories we make of our lives.

Sunday, 3:30 & 7:30

$15 ($10 with a festival button)