CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, IL - Pygmalion, over its remarkable 19-year history, has continuously evolved, reflecting the changing tastes and sensibilities of its ever-loyal audience in Champaign-Urbana. What began in 2005 as a modest assembly of club shows with bands from across the nation has since blossomed into a diverse, dynamic, and distinctly unique event. Each year, the festival dons a fresh face; for instance, in 2020, it boldly embraced the digital age by hosting an entirely virtual event.
This ability to reinvent stems not just from its visionary organizers, but also the unwavering support of its attendees and partners in C-U. Their belief and investment have been the lifeblood that's kept the event thriving, innovative, and relevant.
This year, Pygmalion, spanning from September 21-23, promises an eclectic mix of performances and attractions. For those new to the event or returning enthusiasts, it's crucial to consult the event schedule to ensure timely arrival for specific shows. The ticket you hold may have a general date, but remember, each show within the festival may have its unique start time.
With ticket prices ranging from a mere $10 to $130, the festival offers something for everyone, regardless of budget. And when we say "something for everyone," the lineup stands as a testament. From Lauren Mayberry to Alaska 5000, Bryce Vine, Joanne Lee Molinaro, Claud, and many others, the festival boasts a broad spectrum of talents. Beyond music, attendees can dive into art with offerings from Fond Printed Goods, High in Fiber Rugs, and Urbana Museum of Photography, among many other artisans.
Pygmalion 2023 isn't just another event—it's a curated, immersive experience, a celebration of art, culture, and community spirit. So, if you've been contemplating whether to attend, take this as your sign. Tickets are still available, but given the event's legacy and this year's impressive lineup, they may not be for long. Dive in, be part of the history, and experience the magic of Pygmalion!