AxS Festival Curiosity in Pasadena


We heard about this festival for the first time today, and we’ll be honest – you had us at provocative. Who’s CURIOUS?

AxS [ak-sis] is a two-week citywide festival (Friday, September 19, 2014, through Sunday, October 5, 2014) produced by the Pasadena Arts Council and  presented at venues throughout the city.

The 2014 theme, Curiosity, was inspired by the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)-built Mars Rover, “Curiosity,” which is currently exploring the Martian surface some 50 million miles above us. The goal for the festival is to create audience experiences that bridge the boundary between art and science.

The sixth AxS Festival is a proving ground where ideas, scientific theories and leading-edge technologies converge with artistic innovation across a multidisciplinary platform of architecture, newmedia, visual art, music, theater, educational programs and provocative conversation.

“The interplay between human curiosity, scientific investigation, and artistic risk-taking reflects a cultural zeitgeist that not only defines Pasadena as the City of Art and Science, but also illuminates the richness, diversity, and sheer innovation of human aspiration and achievement in the 21st century,” says Terry LeMoncheck, PAC Executive Director, “Art and science are united in the AxS Festival – both are powerful engines of contemporary culture.”

Across 17 days of events, AxS Festival 2014 | Curiosity will engage audiences in dynamic, multidisciplinary programming that explores the intersection of art and science. This will be the sixth AxS Festival presented by PAC over the past 10 years. The Curiosity theme celebrates the mission of the Mars Rover, developed at NASA/JPL; the theme also elegantly lends itself to the integral role of curiosity in the artistic process and in scientific investigation/discovery.

Pasadena Arts Council (w/ the help of 19 art & science organizations) produces this astronomically interesting festival every two years. Click for 2014 festival presenters.
• over 40 events & exhibitions
• more than 150 artists from the U.S. and beyond

Fri. Sep. 19 – Sun. 10/5
• 17-days, over 3-weekends

Throughout the greater Pasadena area
16 venues/sites/locations


Many events are free. A schedule of events is on the AxS website. For additional information, please visit

To see the comprehensive Calendar of Events, click here.

About Lindsay Taub:
Lindsay Taub is an LA-based writer/editor who covers travel, lifestyle, culture, music/arts, food, wellness, and more. She calls Los Angeles home when she's there, but prefers to leave the city for the mountains and open spaces as often as possible. She loves cooking, gardening, live music, hiking with her three rescue dogs, and rustic luxury. Follow her on instagram/twitter @lindsaytaub and follow the Pacific Punch @ThePacificPunch or email Learn more at and .***


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