Buffalo Infringement Festival

is creating an annual interdisciplinary festival open to all artists!
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Opening Parade Participants
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We will give you a website shout out and will send you a sticker each year!

Sparkling Purple Potluck Unicorns
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We'll send you a sticker each year as well as an official BIF Patron Supporter badge (one-time) and give you a shout out on our website and during BIF!

Hip Hop Bus Stop Riders
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We'll send you a poster each year as well as an official BIF Patron Supporter badge (one-time) and give you a shout out on our website and during BIF!




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About Buffalo Infringement Festival

The Buffalo Infringement Festival is a non-profit-driven, non-hierarchical grassroots endeavor bringing together a broad range of eclectic, independent, experimental, and controversial art of all forms. Visual, performing, and media arts are all welcome here.

Taking place in multiple venues in and around Buffalo’s Allentown District, the festival is an annual eleven-day event running from the last weekend of July through the first weekend of August.

The Infringement Festival is an interdisciplinary festival open to all critical artists. Celebrating freedom of expression and designed as a real arts democracy, this festival is a critical response to the oppressive neoliberal worldview and all its billboard trucks, televisions, flyers, advertisements, jingles, made-for-TV wars; and the depoliticisation of people through this diversionary Spectacle.

The Infringement Festival welcomes a variety of performances and cultural resistance: theatre groups, performers, street activism, political theatre, musicians, radical performance, visual artists, films, marginalized arts, spoken-word, puppet shows, disadvantaged groups, and anyone wishing to artistically infringe on the monoculture that creeps into every corner of our lives.

The Infringement Festival aims to emphasize both critical practice in the arts, and artistic practice in activism. It also aims to provide a positive environment that encourages and nurtures critical art.

To avoid being co-opted, the Infringement Festival follows a mandate:
  • The festival is free for all artists and activists to participate in. The festival will never charge a registration fee and participants will keep 100% of their box office less appropriate technical fees, where applicable.
  • The festival is open to all critical artists and will never discriminate, set entry criteria, or censor.
  • The festival is run as a non-hierarchical arts democracy.
  • The festival will only accept ethical companies that pose no conflict of interest as sponsors, as the interests of the festival’s participants come before those of the sponsors.
  • The festival will encourage, although not be limited to, progressive acts that encourage discussion and oppose oppressive structures.

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