Birdfoot Festival

  • Dates: May 29, 2018 - June 3, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: City-Wide

Every May the Birdfoot Festival brings audiences and artists together for a celebration of live chamber music that roves from timeless classics to cutting edge contemporary collaborations. Concerts and events take place all over New Orleans in venues such as jazz clubs, community centers, theaters, and galleries.

Before the stage lights come on and the doors open, every Birdfoot Festival begins with a Rehearsal Residency. This is an essential, if less visible component of the festival, which gives musicians the time and space to study major works of chamber music in depth, away from the frenetic pace of their performing careers.

Birdfoot believes that when musicians have time to engage fully in this creative process, audiences experience the exhilarating results—gripping performances that lift off the page and breath life into old (and new) notes. The residency begins with four days in the immersive and inspiring environment of the Madewood Plantation House(Napoleonville, LA). Rehearsals then continue at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans as public events kick off around the city.

Curious listeners are invited to sit in on Open Rehearsals to see art in the making and experience what goes on behind the scenes.


Recognized for its fresh approach and “youthful, rule-bending style,” the Birdfoot Festival brings artists and audiences together to make and experience dynamic live chamber music. Birdfoot’s engaging performances connect the timeless themes of classic masterpieces with contemporary sounds, creating unforgettable musical journeys. Celebrating its sixth season, Birdfoot presents over twenty concerts and events each year and draws artists and audiences from around the world.

The Birdfoot Festival is a creative haven where leading international artists collaborate, exchange ideas, and share the exciting results through community performances. In addition to its annual festival each May, Birdfoot hosts two artist residencies and multiple performances throughout the year.

Drawing inspiration from New Orleans’ live-music culture, Birdfoot presents chamber music in the city’s intimate venues. Listeners are invited into the creative process and artists and audiences mingle and chat after concerts, sometimes late into the night.


Birdfoot’s Young Artist Program challenges dedicated young music students to expand their musical abilities, imagination, and leadership skills through intensive chamber music coachings, workshops, and masterclasses led by international-caliber musicians.