MIFA Victory Theatre, www.mifafestival.org


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MIFA Victory Theatre, www.mifafestival.org

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Photo by Ray Ciborowski

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Springfield Conservatory of the Arts (SCotA) students with jazz legend Archie Shepp

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Victory Eagle

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Peter Blanchette, conductor Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra and HHS students Jonathan Dochol and Joshua Ortiz.

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Cast and crew of Thierry Niang's "du Printemps!" Photo by Jeff Bianchine .

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Acting Workshop at Holyoke High w/ National Players

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MIFA joins MassCreative in Arts Matter Day!

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Audience members volunteer to play with renowned West African drummer Kabisko

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Pictory Theatre photo exhibit. Photo by Jason Baker

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National Players "To Kill a Mockingbird" cast

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By Joseph Hodgins www.definingmomentsproductions.com

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Tour of the Victory, part of Discover Holyoke Day. Photo By John Suchocki

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Victory mural, photo by Mark Roessler

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Pictory Theatre photo exhibit. Photo by Liska

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Thierry Niang before the Holyoke performance, photo by Jeff Bianchine of Paper City Pictures

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Hal Holbrook meets with Holyoke High School students (The Republican/Mark M. Murray)

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Grupo Folklorico El Coqui and Johnny Olivo. Photo by Dan Overton

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photo by Matt Lambros

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Cactus Head Puppets performance at the Holyoke Winter Carnival 2014. Sponsored by MIFA

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Noa Shiloh soloist dance in "Wayfarer" a film by Wendy Woodson, with Israeli choreographer Idan Cohen.

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Choreographer David Wampach performing "TOUR" in Holyoke May 2014.

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Valley Guitar Orchestra (HVGO) performing at Holyoke High School as part of MIFA's Education Program.

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Holyoke & Vermont locals rehearse "du Printemps!" by Thierry Thieû Niang. Photo by Jeff Woodward

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Managing Director Kathy McKean taking Palmer High School students on a tour of the Victory Theatre. Photo by Dan Overton

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MIFA Bus Trip "The Belle of Amherst" in NYC: Don Sanders, actress Joely Richardson & Jane Wald

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Bomba, Plena, and Rock 'n Roll: A Night of Music and Dancing. Photo by Dan Overton

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photo by Matt Lambros

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Stephen Burrell, David Brewster, Jazz Legend Archie Shepp, Don Sanders, Christopher Tinson, and Kathy McKean

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photo by Rob Rea

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Victory Theatre 81-89 Suffolk St. Holyoke, MA

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Art installation inside the Victory by Amy Johnquest

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Congressman Richard Neal goes on a tour of the Victory Theatre

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A tour through the Victory Theatre

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Regional significance of the Victory Theater with the Western Mass political team

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(Dan Overton) Video shoot for Adrian Emberley & The Revolving Band inside the Victory

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(Dan Overton) Peter Krasinski and the Holyoke High School Chrous accompanying the film Alexander Nevsky

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Help us celebrate Holyoke’s illustrious artistic past and exciting future!

Since 1993, MIFA (Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts) has grown from a grassroots arts organization into a major cultural presence in the Pioneer Valley. As we celebrate our 21st year, the group has embarked on a $28M restoration project to enhance the community’s experience of artistic innovation through theatre and live performance, expand our identity as a partner in educational programs, vocational training and cross-cultural programming, and deepen the strength of the creative economy in Holyoke as a source of economic development for the region as a whole.

MIFA envisions the transformation of the Victory Theatre into a great cultural institution in the Northeast on a par with Tanglewood, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and the Lincoln Center International Festival of the Arts. The historic 1600-seat theatre, built in 1919, is in need of extensive renovation. MIFA’s goal is to return the iconic theatre to its original and intended purpose as the major live theatre house for the City of Holyoke and its surrounding communities.

The Victory Theatre’s restoration is anticipated to be a catalyst for the revitalization of downtown Holyoke. The restored theatre will be the anchor of the Holyoke Arts and Theatre District, which will also include the War Memorial Auditorium and the Winter Place/Tree Studio, two additional performing arts spaces, and the redevelopment of the historic Holyoke House contiguous to the Victory Theatre. In addition to creating and increasing commerce and tourism in the Greater Holyoke area, the restoration of the Victory Theatre would provide crucial access to arts education for the community, local colleges and teachers.

MIFA’s expertise and established position in the performing arts is critical to developing an arts identity and drawing prestigious theatre companies to Holyoke. The restoration of the Victory and its proposed programming will make Holyoke the focal point for the arts in the Pioneer Valley and leverage the arts as a force for economic development in Holyoke.

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