The Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts celebrates the abundant creativity of Brandeis students, faculty and staff, joined by distinguished guest artists.

Join us on campus April 6-14, 2024 and celebrate Brandeis' 75th anniversary with art and performances that connect with our founding Jewish values, innovation in education, repairing the world, and community. Most events are free and open to the public. Sunday, April 7, is Super Sunday, with special programming for family and community.

The complete day by day schedule will be posted by March 6!

Read a report on the 2023 Festival.

Follow the Festival of the Arts on Instagram and Facebook for updates. 

The Festival of the Arts is produced by Brandeis Arts Engagement.

Founded in 1952 by Leonard Bernstein to celebrate the first graduating class of Brandeis, the Festival of the Arts is a campuswide event overseen by the Arts Engagement staff of the Division of Creative Arts. It is made possible by the generous support of Elaine Reuben ’63, the Mass Cultural Council, and the Aaron Foundation Visiting Artist Fund for Theater, Music, and Fine Arts.


The Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts welcomes and encourages the participation of people of all communities, generations and life experiences. We value a diversity of lived experiences and perspectives and recognize that our experiences and perspectives are shaped by multiple and intersecting social identities.

We encourage an exchange of learning among faculty, practitioners, students, staff and audience members. We support continuous reflection and learning about the arts.

Land acknowledgment

We acknowledge and pay respect to the fact that the Brandeis campus occupies land that has been and continues to be the traditional land of the Mattakeeset, Namasket, Natick, Ponkapoag, and Wampanoag tribes of the Massachusett Nation.