Called “the best contemporary summer festival in the country” by The New York Times, Portland’s Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) returns every September with 10 days of boundary-pushing performances, visual art and projects that defy categorization. Returning Sept. 5–15, 2019, festival goers can expect an eclectic array of artists from across the globe, including from far-flung locales like Morocco, Singapore and France.
Modeled after international contemporary arts festivals in cities like Edinburgh and Adelaide, TBA is orchestrated by the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA). Installations and performances take over Portland’s theaters, galleries, warehouses and public spaces, while workshops and talks keep the arts going almost nonstop. Together, these works effectively obliterate the barriers between artists and their audiences.
Typically, every night of TBA’s 10-day run, PICA hosts “The Works” at its box office in Northeast Portland. At these nightly events, artists and attendees can grab a drink and check out rock shows, drag balls, installations, sonic experiments and more. See TBA’s website for their full schedule of events.