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June 25, 2017 
4th Annual Future Stages Festival 

Kauffman Center is excited to announce the performance group and arts activity line-up for the 4th Annual Future Stages Festival!

As an extension of the Kauffman Center’s Spotlight on Youth initiative, Future Stages Festival is a free, community event designed to celebrate the arts in Kansas City. This one-day festival showcases Kansas City’s diversity, bringing together visitors from all over the metro area to enjoy interactive arts activities and performances featuring more than 700 young artists.

This year’s festival is presented by Premier Partner, Saint Luke’s Health System, and will feature 26 performance groups set to perform across three stages. Please join the Kauffman Center in congratulating the following organizations on their opportunity to perform at the fourth annual Future Stages Festival:

  • 5 Star Jazz Band
  • AileyCamp – The Group
  • Caruthers Dance Studio Troupe – The Hot Stepperz
  • Crescendo Conservatory – Crescendo in Motion
  • Grupo Axé Capoeira
  • Harmony Project KC
  • Heart of America Shakespeare Festival – Team Shakespeare
  • House of Dance and BEST NETWORK
  • Ice Studios School of Dance
  • Kansas City Ballet
  • Kansas City Youth Percussion Ensemble
  • KC Boys Choir & KC Girls Choir
  • KC Institute of Chinese Language and Culture Dance Group
  • Knox Church Celebration Choir
  • Kristi’s Academy of Dance and Performing Arts LLC
  • Lily Zhang Li Taylor Dance Academy
  • Lyric Opera of Kansas City
  • Metropolitan Strings Academy Orchestra
  • Music Theatre Kansas City, SunRaise
  • Ottawa Suzuki Strings
  • Starlight STARS
  • Take the Stage Outreach Program
  • The Pulse Performing Arts Center Competition & Performance Company
  • The Smithville Ringleaders
  • Traditional Music Society’s Soundz of Africa Youth Ensemble
  • United Dance Performers


Register now to receive festival updates (including the performance and activity schedule), parking information, and helpful hints for navigating the fourth annual Future Stages Festival. All registrants will automatically be entered in a drawing to win TWO FREE TICKETS to an upcoming performance at the Kauffman Center.

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In addition to featuring more than 700 youth performers, Future Stages Festival offers attendees the opportunity to engage in arts activities hosted in Brandmeyer Great Hall and on the south lawn at the Kauffman Center. These activities will feature a wide range of art forms including: kite-making, stage combat training, community drum circles, and dance workshops. The Kauffman Center activity community partners and their activities include:

  • American Institute of Architects, Kansas City – Design YOUR KC!
  • Drum Safari – Drum Circle
  • Great American Kites and Events – Kite-Making Workshop
  • Heart of America Shakespeare Festival – En Garde Bard! Stage Combat Workshop
  • Kansas City Ballet – Capturing Creativity through Dance, Community Dance Workshop
  • Kansas City Symphony – Instrument Petting Zoo
  • Kansas City Zoo – BioFacts and Animal Conservation Activity
  • KC Chalk and Walk – Sidewalk Chalking
  • Keys 4/4 Kids – Pianos on Parade
  • Lucia Aerial – Acrobatic Demonstration
  • Lyric Opera of Kansas City – Opera’s Magical Wardrobe
  • Mattie Rhodes Center – Cultural Arts Activity
  • Museum at PrarieFire – Engineering for Earthquakes
  • Saint Luke’s Health System – Festival Giveaway Table
  • StoneLion Puppet Theatre – Roaming Puppets
  • The Last Carnival – Acrobatic Demonstration
  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art – Sculpture Art Activity
  • UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance – Make Your Own Instrument

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Future Stages Festival Frequently Asked Questions

Future Stages Festival 2017 Performance Schedule

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Check out the video below that highlights all there is to see and do at Future Stages Festival!


Future Stages Festival is presented by Premier Partner:


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