The First Live Streamed Performing Arts Festival: February 19 – March 2, 2013

The festival you can watch from your couch – The Wall Street Journal

Theater gets a tech twist – ABC.com

 

On February 19th, 2013, VirtualArtsTV launched the WiredArts Fest, the first live-streamed festival for digital theater, dance and music. Marking the dawn of a new, digital model of the live performing arts, VirtualArtsTV brought together more than 20 dance, theater and music companies at The Secret Theater in Long Island City, Queens. Streamed to more  than 60,000 unique live viewers from all over the world  the festival celebrated a vibrant future for the performing arts.

Sponsored by NewTek, AbelCine and Omega Jay Sound, The WiredArts Fest  was performed in front of a live studio audience, shot with 4 high definition cameras, edited in real time vie NewTek’s Tricaster 8000, and streamed live to a global audience. Meanwhile, VirtualArtsTV’s mobile app encouraged the audience  to share their experience via Facebook, Twitter and pictures.

Key to the global appeal of the WiredArts Fest’s live streamed performances is the focus on translating the in-theater experience into a online experience that is that is tailored specifically a small screen and the expectations of an interactive, online video audience. Once again, The VirtualArtsTV team received virtual standing ovations from viewers around the world. Our audiences, both in the theater and online,  were engaged, excited and interactive. Here’s what just a few of them had to say:


Illuminating! –  @karalitas, Istanbul, Turkey

That was beyond amazing. To see a show as funny as that playing live from NY in Tunisia… It just blows me away! – Amin- Tunis, Tunisia

You can actually hear her breathing!… Wow. Like a front row seat.  - @cyncooperwrtr

Do you realize what you are doing?!?! I live in the middle of the woods in a city of 300 people and I am watching live New York Theater! This is a breakthrough! –  Elsa M, Oregon

Ireland is tuned in to Words of Choice!  -  actions4choice

very powerful stuff – FrederickS, Washington, DC

wonderful to watch this NYC art fest while snuggled under a blanket in 19 degree Ohio weather  - @jkmama

It is wonderful to be able to see live theater at home. The camera editing is perfect. Marvelous concept, great technology, great way to send performances around the world. – @GhengisGhengis, San Francisco

It’s amazing!…at home in my pjs with a blanket and chatting in real time to the theatre… Do this all the time! – Brett C, Orlando, Florida

You should be proud of your performance. It was impressive. I’d really like to see more of this kind of broadcast operation from the performing arts.- mtodd- facebook

So glad to have joined in. Love this format and hope you will do more. –  @Equalshot

The camera work is great. – @277danceproject

Just watched WiredArts Festival “Les Muses” Jennifer Mellor Dance Project. Live streamed into my living room – what a thrill…I’m hooked. – @Margie, NYC