6 days of music, literature and ideas

Switchyard is a national festival of art and intellect featuring 40 keynote speakers and local and national performance artists – based in the heart of Downtown Tulsa.

Switchyard will invite people to cross the tracks that once divided this city to explore our complicated histories, seek new points of connection and activate the transformative power of art. In this inaugural year, we’ll focus on attempts to ban, censor or suppress challenging ideas—new and old. This will mean digging into the past, imagining alternative identities and dreaming of rich new futures. 

Explore Downtown Tulsa

Visit a diverse array of restaurants, shops and artistic hubs.

More than just a festival

Dive into the magazine and podcast platforms, where captivating stories and thought-provoking discussions await.

26 speakers, 14 bands

Hear new music every evening by local and national performing artists.

Enter the World of Bob Dylan

Join a global collective of scholars, writers and artists to delve into all aspect of Dylan’s work with keynotes, panels, roundtables, art exhibitions and more.


Switchyard Magazine

Switchyard magazine is The University of Tulsa’s semi-annual publication of literature and ideas, featuring the best writers, photographers, artists, and trailblazers thinking through and hashing out our world’s most difficult and fascinating challenges.

Switchyard Podcast

The Switchyard podcast, a production of The University of Tulsa and Public Radio Tulsa, presents monthly episodes for people hungry for eye-opening essays, moving fiction, soul-stirring poetry, and honest, thought-provoking conversation, hosted by Ted Genoways, editor of Switchyard magazine.

Also available on YouTube, Amazon, Stitcher, iHeart, Google, and TuneIn.

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