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“Experimental theater so unprecedented and boundary-breaking that it feels like messages from the distant future.” 
 —LA Weekly (BEST OF LA 2016)

Our annual Los Angeles Exchange [LAX] Festival serves as a highly visible platform that supports hundreds of local artists annually, and reaches thousands of audience members in the greater Los Angeles area.

With performances and events that are geographically focused in and around Downtown L.A., the Festival program hosts ten days of contemporary performance by Los Angeles-based artists, presented in dialogue with works by guest artists from beyond our borders.

Beginning with this year’s 5th anniversary edition, we focus each Festival on an exchange platform with a specific city—engaging artists, curators and organizations in performance presentations, dialogues and artist-to-artist interactions that are designed to cultivate mutual inquiry and long-term network development.

Los Angeles Exchange Festival, 5th Ed.,
October 5–15, 2017 //

Partnering Venues //

  • Bootleg Theater & Factory 
  • Automata Arts 
  • Theatre at Ace Hotel 
  • Los Angeles Theatre Center 
  • The Bob Baker Marionette Theater

“LAX corrals the city’s most creative and visionary artists . . . to shape a uniquely West Coast scene.”
—Los Angeles Magazine

Our upcoming LAX Festival builds on an exchange with artists and organizations in Mexico City. Our LAX <–> MEX exchange highlights 6 Los Angeles premieres—three by Los Angeles artists interwoven with three Mexico City based works. In addition, the program includes signature performance nights, robust conversations, works-in-progress, late night music events, parties and receptions.

WHY WE NEED YOU //  We have a very ambitious program this year, to celebrate our big 5! Your support on Kickstarter will help us get this festival on its feet! Your backing shows how much you care about the creation of new performance work in Los Angeles, and our relationship to art and culture beyond our city limits. By supporting us on Kickstarter, you’re making a critical commitment to spend time with us! Our backer rewards are mostly tied to festival passes—at the lowest price you’ll ever be able to get them! Festival passes on Kickstarter also come with a special tote, filled with a little surprise.

Thank you for being with us. We can’t wait to see you in October!

2017 FESTIVAL LINEUP //  We’ll announce more than a dozen projects over the course of this Kickstarter campaign! Be sure to follow along throughout August for updates and special announcements.

LAX Programming Team: George Lugg, Rachel Scandling, Miranda Wright

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Risks and challenges

We are determined to keep the LAX Festival rolling along! Throughout August, in addition to running this Kickstarter campaign, we are actively fundraising for the festival from a wide variety of other sources.

As of August 1, our remaining fundraising needs add up to roughly $26,000. In addition to grabbing your festival pass on Kickstarter, please reach out if you have thoughts or ideas to help us reach our larger goal through tax-deductible donations, sponsorship opportunities with local businesses, group ticket sales, or the donation of travel support (frequent flyer miles, etc).

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    Receive exclusive backer updates as we roll out the 2017 festival lineup. Be the first to know about the work, the first to be introduced to this year's artists, and the first to know when single tickets are on sale.

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    CARRY US

    It’s the fifth edition of the LAX Festival, so we thought we would make a little tote! Get yours in time for the 5th Festival Launch Party, and carry your good memories home in it.

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    ($76 value) Get a series pass to all five Festival performances of works in development, all by L.A. artists exploring fresh ideas. Visit our Kickstarter updates for a list of included projects. Tote included!

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    ($128 value) Get a series pass all six works in this year's Exchange: three MEX projects, plus three LAX premieres by local artists. A great way to catch our festival highlights! Tote included.

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    LAX FESTIVAL PASS

    ($224 value) Good for all 12 projects and events throughout the October 5–15 Festival, including our Launch Party! Your LAX Festival Pass includes prime Pancho Villa seating at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, plus early access to booking your tickets at individual shows, using your unique pass code. We hope we’re besties by the end. And yes—you get a tote!

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    2 LAX FESTIVAL PASSES

    ($448 value) The ultimate 10-day date. 2 passes, two totes. And all of our gratitude.

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    Access to our VIP pre-launch and tequila toast with artists, prime Pancho Villa seats, and concierge service for booking your individual show tickets. Includes 12 ticketed events and a TOTE! Help us get this fifth year off to a great start!

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    2 SUPER STAR PASSES + Host a Project!

    For our ultimate supporters, a pair of tickets to all events, including prime Pancho Villa seats and concierge booking services. At this level, your impact is very real, helping us realize one of our festival projects. So, choose from our twelve projects and receive individual acknowledgement at the events as a lead supporter, plus receive a special gift from your selected artist/creative team.

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