Big Umbrella Festival
Launched in 2018, the Big Umbrella Festival celebrates audiences with autism and other developmental disabilities during a three-day, campus-wide festival featuring performances, installations, workshops, and online content designed with and for neurodiverse audiences.
This year's festival is both indoors and outdoors; families are invited to choose from four timed slots on Saturday and Sunday, plus a Friday night session dedicated to teens and young adults.
Friday, September 16 | 6pm - Teens ages 13 and up
Saturday, September 17 | 11am & 4pm
Sunday, September 18 | 11am & 4pm
This year, Big Umbrella Festival features innovative installations across Lincoln Center’s campus—including
- “Softy,” a transformation of the Josie Robertson Plaza into a soft and participatory environment with colorful outdoor cushions by Bryony Roberts Studio;
- “Word Play,” an interactive playground on Hearst Plaza by Ecosistema Urbano;
- “Pneumaphone,” a collection of pneumatically driven sound sculptures on The Deck designed by Godfried-Willem Raes in collaboration with Logos Foundation.
The festival also presents exciting in-person performances by Dancing Wheels Company, Omnium Circus, and Bluelaces Theater Company, as well as an interactive WeBop Family Jazz Party concert from Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Plus, audio theatre experience Mountain Goat Mountain (created by Zoë Barry, Liz Francis, Nikita Hederics, Tahli Corin, and Sarah Lockwood) provides guided virtual activities for families to set up and step into their own imaginative worlds from home.
ReelAbilities Film Festival offers four in-person film screenings on Lincoln Center’s main plaza, as well as virtual screenings available on LincolnCenter.org/BigUmbrella.
Photo courtesy of Lincoln Center, by John Altdorfer