Guide Geeva Arts Festival 2022: dates, ticket prices, performers

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For the 11th consecutive year, the Geeva Arts Festival, a celebration of Indian Asian culture, will take place on the second weekend of July.

Mother and daughter duo, Akila and Shyama Iyer, are the founders and co-directors of Guru Vandana Academy, the non-profit organization responsible for organizing the event, will feature solo and group artists in the styles of Bharathanatyam, Kathak and Kuchupudi, as well as two dance dramas.

“Indian classical arts are complex, colorful, rhythmic, energetic and ancient,” Shyama told the Courier Journal. “You will see beautiful costumes, expressive stories and an aesthetic with over 2,000 years of history. There are different classical Indian arts forms, each with its own set of vocabularies.”

More than 45 people applied to participate in the festival, “from which we chose five world-class shows to bring to Louisville,” Shyama said.

In addition, at least 25 volunteers and numerous donations participated in the organization of the shows.

“All donations are used to pay for the artist’s travel, accommodation, indemnity, auditorium fees and event insurance,” Akila said.

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For Louisville-goers, the Geeva Arts Festival may be their first time seeing classic Indian performing arts.

“For many of us, the popularity of Bollywood has masked the richness of true Indian arts,” Akila said. “It’s a rare chance to see the magnificence of these traditional artistic practices right here in our home, Louisville.”

What is the Geeva Arts Festival?

The Geeva Arts Festival is a three-day event that showcases classical Indian performing arts, with an emphasis on bringing “vibrant traditions of classical Indian performing arts to the Louisville community and providing a professional opportunity for classical Indian artists from all over the world. “Shyama said. “One word to describe the event? Celebration. It’s three days to celebrate the long histories and diverse cultures of South Asia, as well as to enjoy bright, fun and compelling music and dance.”

When and where does the Geeva Arts Festival take place?

Geeva Arts Festival promotional poster

The festival takes place at the Hindu Temple of Kentucky, 4213 Accomack Drive on July 8, and at the Ursuline Arts Center, 3113 Lexington Road, on July 9 and 10.

“The performances on July 9 and 10 are much bigger,” Akila said. “We use the Ursuline Arts Center because of its large capacity and excellent lighting and sound capabilities. Each day will feature different performances, and audience members must purchase a different ticket for each day.”

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How much do Geeva Arts Festival tickets cost?

The performance on Friday July 8 at the Hindu temple is free. Tickets for festival performances July 9-10 at the Ursuline Arts Center are $15 and can be purchased at

The Geeva Festival is also part of the “Cultural Pass”, and those with a “passport” can attend for free. The Cultural Pass offers people the opportunity to attend events in person as well as virtually free. You can register at participating branches of the Louisville Free Public Library.

What can we expect to see at the Geeva Arts Festival?

There are a diverse number of themes and artistic ideas that will be present at the three-day festival.

“You will see a variety of human stories that show love, loss, transcendence and growth throughout the festival,” Akila said. “Not to mention incredible displays of rhythmic and melodic prowess that are all profane.”

Shyama says spirituality is a recurring pattern in all performances.

“I would say that all the performances presented are more spiritual than ‘religious,'” she said. “Powerful drums, melodious tunes and graceful movements call forth a world beyond this physical one.”

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Akila also added that Texas violinist Ananda Nadayogi will be honored with the Geeva Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Indian classical arts.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase sarees, traditional Indian clothing, authentic Indian tea and other refreshments during the three-day festival.

Culture and diversity journalist Jason Gonzalez can be reached at [email protected]

WHAT: The Geeva Arts Festival is a vibrant celebration of classic Indian performing arts. Now in its 11th year, the festival will feature solo and group performers in the styles of Bharathanatyam, Kathak and Kuchupudi, as well as two enchanting dance dramas. Founded in 2012 by Guru Smt. Akila Iyer, Guru Vandana Academy is the non-profit organization that runs and maintains the festival.

WHEN: July 8-10

WHERE: Kentucky Hindu Temple, 4213 Accomack Drive (July 8); Ursuline Arts Center, 3113 Lexington Road (July 9-10)

COST: $15


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