Q: Where and when is Pygmalion?
A: Pygmalion takes place in Champaign­-Urbana, Illinois at a variety of venues around our fair cities.

Q: Why Pygmalion? What is that?
A: Upon its founding 2005, we wanted to give this event a name that had some meaning to us. As it began as a music festival alone, the founder decided to name it after the last album that one of his favorite bands released. That album was called Pygmalion by the band Slowdive. That’s how it came to be.

Yes, we’ve invited them to perform. Just not in the cards yet. Timing. Weddings. Album releases. Life. In the meantime, you should check out their new self-titled album on one of our favorite labels, Dead Oceans. It’s a peach.

Q: We’d like our band to perform, with whom can we speak? 
A: Sadly, we’re just not able to field unsolicited offers for participation at Pygmalion.

Q: I wrote a book, can I read from it?
A: If you are a local author to Champaign-Urbana, give us a holler. Otherwise, our lineup is super small and we’ve got a good idea of what we want to present, but thank you for checking!

Q: How do I get involved in the TECH component? I created / invented ________ and I’d like to show people what it’s all about.
A: You created / invented that? Amazing! Please email info@thepygmalionfestival.com and let’s talk!

Q: I noticed you added a hackathon this year, how can I get involved?
A: Email us at info@thepygmalionfestival.com!

Q: Hey, we’re a local band to Champaign-Urbana. How can we find our way into the mix?
A: If you are local and doing what you do well, and in a way that appeals to our sensibilities, please, by all means, send us an email. That said, chances are, you are already on our radar. We breathe this stuff.

Q: I’m a journalist / DJ / blogger / etc that wants to cover the festival. How can I get press credentials?
A: Lisa Gottheil of Grandstand PR handles our publicity. She’s super nice and really good at her job. Email her at lisag@grandstandhq.com and she can help you out.

Q: Oh, you are on Facebook, and Twitter, and such?
A: Yes, we are. Engage and interact with us herehere, and here. You know the drill.

Q: Festivals suck. When will it all end?
We’re with you. 100%. Watching this all collapse is painful. But we feel like being 13 years deep gives us some perspective. A few things of note about PYGMALION:

  1. We don’t believe in tiered ticketing structures. There are no VIP tickets available, which grant patrons to exceptional seating or lower cost drink prices.
  2. We believe that our patrons and artists are best served performing in small spaces, relative to the size of their stage show.
  3. All seats and areas to engage in performances are intimate and place emphasis on attention given.
  4. The concept of a festival has officially been had. We’re still here, and we’re going to continue to try to do something interesting and memorable. Thanks for sticking with us.

Q: You haven’t answered my question.
A: Totally apologize about that. These FAQ things are annoying to write. Tell you what — if you email us here: info@thepygmalionfestival.com — we will get back with you ASAP and give you the answer to any question you might have. Literally. Any question. Try us.

Q: To whom should I address my inquiry?
A: If you email us, you will get Seth and Patrick. They are pretty much constantly on the job. It’s an addiction.