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5 days of art, ideas, and music
May 30 to June 4, 2023
A national festival of music, literature, and ideas organized by The University of Tulsa
Cain’s Ballroom and select venues
Welcome to the Switchyard — a national festival of music, literature, and ideas organized by The University of Tulsa and operated in conjunction with the World of Bob Dylan. Based in Downtown Tulsa and running across five full days, it will feature 35 live musical performances, a literary festival, dramatic performances, and keynote sessions designed to draw some of the world’s most innovative writers, thinkers, and artists to the heartland.
The Switchyard will invite people to cross the tracks that once carved Tulsa in two in order to explore our complicated histories, seek new points of connection and activate the transformative power of art, ideas, and music. Keynote speakers include winners of major literary and cultural honors, including the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and MacArthur “Genius” grants. The evenings will be filled with outstanding music from a diverse array of established and emerging artists.
To help navigate the event, participants can follow a handful of distinct “tracks” that feature topics such as banned books and outrageous ideas; the transformative power of music; and Oklahoma’s Indigenous arts and histories. Since the dates overlap with the anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, organizers plan to devote most of June 1 to events that focus on the work of recovery and the opportunity it provides to build a stronger, more inclusive future.
All events will take place in and around Downtown Tulsa with a variety of ticketing options, from single-event admission to music festival and full-event passes. Bands and keynote speakers will be announced in the coming months with early-bird pricing available on Oct. 1.
This will be big, and there’s a lot more to come. To connect with the Switchyard, follow us here and across our social media channels.