Our Mission

Engaging cultures through Music, Dance, Film, Food, and the Visual Arts

Adirondack Global Arts Festival was created with the purpose of promoting culturally diverse arts programming in the Adirondacks.  The Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Reason 2 Smile, Adirondack Diversity Initiative, John Brown Lives, Adirondack Film Society, and ROOST have collaborated to bring this festival to the communities of the Adirondacks.   The festival this year has 3 days of outstanding programming.

Thursday night the Lake Placid Center for the Arts will host the Japanese film Shoplifters. This poignant film examines the notion of family exploring the relationships of one family living on the edge. Local restaurant Aki Sushi will give 10% off dinners on Wednesday and Thursday with advance purchase tickets to the movie.

Friday the festival continues to build. Join David Sommerstein’s Beat Authority for deep grooving music at the Lake Placid Pub. At the same time kids are welcome for a free workshop at the LPCA from the dynamic Jazz and Blues musician and Sierre Leone native Michael Mwenso of Mwenso and the Shakes. Later that evening at LPCA Mwenso and the Shakes are our first headliner. This troupe of artists from around the globe contribute to create a jazz and blues explosion. This engagement of Michael Mwenso & the Shakes is made possible through the Jazz Touring Network program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Saturday will be a full day of programming with our indoor street fair opening and registration for workshops at the Annex building at LPCA starting 2pm. 12 globally inspired workshops, wares from around the world, Indian and Mexican food, 3 street performances, and kids passport project.

 Our festival ends with headliner Alsarah and the Nubatones. “East- African Retro-Pop.” From NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts to international festivals, the group has performed at many prestigious venues. With audiences varying in age and ethnicity, the Nubatones have proven over and over that soul crosses all cultural and linguistic barriers. This engagement of Alsarah & the Nubatones is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts

Adirondack Global Arts Festival is an annual community event.

It is created with the support of local community members and sponsors



FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS

  • Lake Placid Center for the Arts

  • North County Public Radio

  • The Beat Authority

  • John Brown Lives!

  • Reason to Smile

  • Adirondack Film Society

  • Brianna Knapton Sanford

  • Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism