Ensemble of drummers and dancers

April 25-May 1, 2021 

The annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts will be held April 25-May 1, 2021. Read the Brandeis announcement about the Spring 2021 semester, which will start Feb. 1.

Follow the Festival of the Arts on Facebook and Twitter for updates. And we're sharing our community's creative moments of music, visual art, and more every day on our Instagram account, @CreateAtBrandeis

Founded in 1952 by Leonard Bernstein to celebrate the first graduating class of Brandeis, the Festival of the Arts is a campus-wide 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 Aaron Foundation Visiting Artist Fund for Theater, Music, and Fine Arts; the Center for German and European Studies, the Office of Alumni Relations and the Brandeis Arts Council. 

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Waltham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


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.