Q: Where and when is The Pygmalion Festival?
A: The Pygmalion Festival takes place in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. This year, the festival takes place over the course of September 16 – 24. Each day, the festival takes place in a particular area of C-U:
FRIDAY September 16 + SATURDAY September 17: NCSA + Downtown Champaign
MONDAY September 19: Downtown Urbana
TUESDAY September 20: Staerkel Planetarium + Downtown Champaign
WEDNESDAY September 21: Downtown Champaign
THURSDAY September 22: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts + Research Park
FRIDAY September 23 + SATURDAY September 24: Downtown Champaign
Check out the full schedule for all the details.
Q: You’re adding a second weekend this year? Are you nuts?
A: The short answer is yes, we kind of are. The longer answer is that we are just too obsessed with continuing to develop the festival into the future, and with two weekends — we’re able to be a bit more flexible, particularly with our newest component, FOOD.
Q: What is The Pygmalion Festival?
A: Please refer to our About page to learn a little more about what this whole thing is all about.
Q: Why Pygmalion? What is that?
A: In 2005, we wanted to give it a name that had some meaning to us. As it began as a music festival alone, the founder decided to name it after the last album that one of his favorite bands released. That album was called Pygmalion by the band Slowdive. That’s how it came to be.
Q: Can our band perform? Can I read from my book?
A: Sadly, we’re just not able to field unsolicited offers for participation at The Pygmalion Festival. There are simply too many amazing options out there, and not enough space and time to be able to accommodate them all. It’s not really a “showcase” festival, if that makes sense.
Q: How do I get involved in the TECH component? I created / invented ________ and I’d like to show people what it’s all about.
A: You created / invented that? Amazing! Please email email@example.com and let’s talk!
Q: I’m local to Champaign-Urbana. How can we find our way into the mix?
A: If you are local and doing what you do well, and in a way that appeals to our sensibilities, please, by all means, send us an email! We also book a lot of shows throughout the year, put on speaking panels, work with folks that do author readings. If it’s good, we’re likely to learn about it sooner than later.
Q: I am not sure I understand the ticketing tiers. Help me out?
A: Festival attendees have a few options. You can buy a Festival Pass, and that allows admission into every ticketed event during the course of the entire festival. There are only a small quantity of festival passes due to capacity limitations. Beyond that, you can buy Day Passes on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of the second weekend of Pygmalion. All Pygmalion FOOD, LIT, TECH, and MADE events are FREE and open to the public and all ages welcome!
Q: So, if I buy a festival pass, am I guaranteed admission into every performance, reading, and panel?
A: The short answer is yes, but capacity limitations apply. In our decade plus years of existence, we’ve never really had to turn many people away. But inside of the club venues, there’s a strict fire code capacity, so if you want to see the show, get there early, because if you don’t, it’s impossible to hold a space for every single person. The outdoor shows at The Accord are guaranteed. No worries at all. The shows at Krannert Center are guaranteed as well.
Q: Where can I pick up my festival pass or single show tickets?
A: The Pygmalion Festival booth will be open to Festival Pass buyers starting on Wednesday September 21 at 5 p.m. at The Accord in Downtown Champaign — located at 51 E. Main Street.
Here are the dates / times / locations for picking up Festival Passes:
A. Simple! Your name is on the guest list at the door. You will receive emails about this as well, but rest assured, you bought the pass and now you are IN.
Q: Do I have to wear this damned wristband the entire time? That really sucks.
A: We agree, it totally sucks, but hey, we are wearing them too, you know? It’s really the only way to make it work. After a day, you won’t even notice it. Promise.
Q: What are the age restrictions on the performances and panels?
A: Mostly, this is an all-ages event. That includes the shows at Krannert Center on Thursday and main outdoor shows on Friday and Saturday in Downtown Champaign. But any performance or panel INSIDE of a bar has age restrictions. In Champaign, you must be 19 years old to attend. Everyone is welcome everywhere, however, if they are accompanied by their parent or guardian.
Q: Listen, we procreated, it was a mistake, and now we have children. Can they come to the shows for free?
A: Well, that depends. If they are under the age of 12, the answer is absolutely YES. If they are older, it’s a full ticket price. How did we come up with that metric? It’s when we started going to shows without our parents. Middle School. It’s a helluva time.
Q: I am coming in from out of town. Where should we stay? How do we get around? Where should we eat? Where should we party?
A: Please check the Travel section of the website. That is where you can find information about hotel partners with the best deals on lodging, and the best way to get around town, or get into town for that matter. We only work with hotels and restaurants that we’d stay with or eat at — that’s a promise.
Q: I’m a journalist / DJ / blogger / etc that wants to cover the festival. How can I get press credentials?
A: Lisa Gottheil of Grandstand PR handles our publicity. She’s super nice, but really good at her job. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she can help you out.
Q: When will the Festival Schedule come out?
A: Our schedule will come out closer to the festival. Might be August? Might be before? Hard to figure. If you do a little sleuthing on the ticketing page, you can usually put together who is performing where and when in advance of that, though.
Q: There’s a lot of venues and a lot of different things happening. Is there a Festival Guide and a map?
A: Yep! We publish ours each year in September. Check back at the Festival Guide section, where you will be able to download a PDF, and stick close to our social media pages for updates and changes.
Q: You haven’t answered my question.
A: Totally apologize about that. These FAQ things kind of suck to write. Tell you what — if you email us here: email@example.com — we will get back with you ASAP and give you the answer to any question you might have. Literally. Any question. Try us.
Q: To whom should I address my inquiry?
A: If you email us, you will get Seth and Patrick. They are pretty much constantly on the job. It’s an addiction.