The Big Ears Festival — based in Knoxville, Tennessee — bring artists and audiences together to create and share transformative experiences with a borderless mix of music, film, and conversation.

Described as “one of the most quietly earth-shattering, subtly luminous festivals the world over” by the Oxford American and “one of the world’s greatest music bashes” by The New York Times, Big Ears has established itself as one of the most exciting and imaginative cultural gatherings anywhere. The festival brings together a Who’s Who of established and acclaimed iconoclasts, innovators, and luminaries with inspired younger artists who are making fresh, new creative work. Big Ears draws a robust contingent of intrepid residents and visitors that come together to form a shared community energized by joy, discovery, and engagement.

NPR Music summed up Big Ears this way: “Contained within a walkable radius of historic downtown Knoxville — in a range of ornate landmark theaters, refurbished industrial spaces, art galleries, churches, and clubs — it creates its own atmospheric climate, along with a center of gravity. From its first iteration in 2009, the festival has been a locus of expedition, defined more by a go-anywhere ethos than by any style or genre allegiance.”

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