Dell'Arte - Baduwa't Festival

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Formerly known as the Mad River Festival, the Baduwa’t Festival is a culmination of performing arts, music, ceremony and connectivity, held on the ancestral lands of the Wiyot Tribe. In Soulatluk, the Wiyot language, Baduwa’t is the word for Mad River. The festival name change was approved by Wiyot leaders in Spring 2021 and Dell’Arte is honored to support the work of the Wiyot Tribe to revitalize the language by using the original name of the river for the festival name.

July 15 – Blue Lake Sun & Fun Fair  12–5pm
Putting a Dell’Arte spin on the family fair, we invite families and kids of all ages (even the adult-kids too) to our backyard for an enjoyable afternoon of kid-friendly activities & games, bounce housing, kid friendly mask making booth, pie throwing, and a silent auction fundraiser, food trucks and art vendors, and music.

July 15 – Club Triangle Drag Cabaret   8pm
Saturday night in the Carlo Theater, Dell’Arte welcomes to its stages an evening of local Drag performances to celebrate Pride, presented in partnership with Club Triangle. This show is for audiences 18 and over.

July 20, 21, 22 – Mad Labs  8pm
Mad Labs celebrates physically based new experimental works in theatre and performance created by Dell’Arte resident artists, alumni, and community artists. This is a week is jam packed with multiple new works and artists that vary in length, style, genre, and subject that allow audiences the occasion to experience a range of performance and artistry that reveals the extraordinary and embraces a fresh perspective on ourselves and the world.

July 23 - The Folk School 1-5pm
Humboldt Folk Life will be hosting a full day of free music workshops to encourage even more people to make playing music a regular part of their lives. We plan to have classes on bluegrass guitar, banjo, ukulele, percussion and more!

August 3 – Dell’Arte Presents: Ship of Fools by String & Shadow Puppet Theater  6:30pm
String and Shadow is a troupe of multi-disciplinary performance artists based in Olympia, Washington that create giant puppet shows - full of dancing cardboard, pop-up sets, mask, and various circus arts - set to live, original music. Ship of Fools: A Giant Puppet Odyssey is perfect for all ages and outdoors at Dell’Arte’s Rooney Theater.  

August 4,5 – Dell’Arte Presents:  Irvinville by LuDu Productions  8pm
LuDu Productions brings Irvinville, a tragicomedy exploring America’s penchant for self-destruction, even in the glaring face of catastrophe. It is the story of Jaxson Sallow, a decrepit old boy, and the only person left to maintain the archaic machinery which powered the once great town. This minimalist theatrical production featuring only two performers, bounding between a dozen characters without a prop, set, costumes, or any other technical elements will run for two nights in the Carlo Theater. 


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