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The online Fig calendar is a curated list of community and advertiser events happening in the Lehigh Valley.
In 1998, after an almost 150-year history building this nation, Bethlehem Steel finally shut down steelmaking here in Bethlehem. It was a traumatic event, and Touchstone, to help the community work its way through it, created and assembled several works of art and cultural projects into a festival called Steel Festival: The Art of an Industry.
Now, as October 2019 approaches and the 20th anniversary since that extraordinary event, we face a challenge of a different and perhaps more daunting nature. Who are we, now that the Steel is gone? What are the challenges ahead, and what are the values that will hold the community together as we face the task of shaping our future?
Out of conversations and questions with the community, themes and stories have emerged. Visions of the future are being forged onstage and in dance studios, on college campuses and in public parks, on canvases and in coloring books, between young and old, across racial divides, across the gender spectrum, through Lehigh Valley citizens from all walks of life.
Get a snapshot of what’s coming to Bethlehem on October 4-13, 2019 for this year’s 20th anniversary of Festival Unbound!
a collaboration with Teatr Brama (Poland) and Moravian College
Hidden Seed: Bethlehem’s Forgotten Utopia
a dive into the hidden history of Bethlehem’s birth
a companion piece to the 1999 “Steelbound”
a new work about Hilda Doolittle by Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre
A Joyful Noise
explores the collective act of choral singing
an evening watering hole: food, drinks, performances, and conversation
Poets, Troubadours, & Troublemakers
three evenings of live original music
savor Bethlehem’s favorite foods
part immersive performance, part family gathering
Food for Thought
a noontime lunch series exploring festival themes
a town-hall gathering to brainstorm, learn, debate, and discuss sustainability
a celebratory processional down the South Bethlehem Greenway
The Hunt for Utopia
an interactive, wild, theatrical bicycle ride through Bethlehem
a new show devised and written by Bethlehem teens
an outdoor extravaganza and gathering of our 21st-century village
pARTicipate: Express Yourself
collaborative art-making for all ages and skills
Embracing Bethlehem / Abrazos a Belén
a collaboration with Pregones Theatre (NY) and Bethlehem’s Latinx community
Forward March: The Future of Our Warriors
a collaboration with Women Veterans Empowered & Thriving
an afternoon highlighting the Black community in the Lehigh Valley
a midweek, daytime event filled with music, dance, visual arts, games, and conversation