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Boston Calling adds Natalie Portman-curated film festival, expansion for 2017

Festival to move to its new home at Harvard next year

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Boston Calling kicks off its spring 2016 edition tonight at City Hall Plaza, but it will be the last time the festival is ever held there. The festival’s producers, Crash Line Productions, have today announced that the event will not be returning for its typical fall edition this year, and instead will undergo a major expansion in 2017.

Beginning next Memorial Day weekend, Harvard University’s Athletics Complex will play host to the now-annual Boston Calling festival. The move comes as Crash Line have revealed plans for the event to include more stages (a small third stage is set to debut at this weekend’s event), comedy (also debuting this weekend), visual art, and — most excitingly — a film festival curated by Academy Award winner Natalie Portman.

“I’m excited for Boston Calling to take place at Harvard for the first time,” Portman, an alum of the prestigious university, said in a statement. “I’m proud to be curating a new film section for the festival, and feel lucky to celebrate the art form I love in a place that means so much to me.”

In addition to the growth of the festival’s scope, the expansion will allow for a wider range of both art and music to have a home at the festival. The National’s Aaron Dessner, who will continue to curate the event’s music, said, “This relocation will allow us to expand the capacity, range and diversity of the festival’s programming, adding additional performance spaces and cultivating a unique multi-disciplinary profile for the festival. I am particularly excited about being able to include more underground and eclectic music and about our new partnership with Natalie Portman to develop a unique film component for the festival. We can’t wait to unveil the expanded festival next year.”

Dessner will open this year’s festival with a performance alongside Lisa Hannigan. Other performers this weekend include Sia, Sufjan Stevens, Robyn, Disclosure, HAIM, Miike Snow, Janelle Monáe, Courtney Barnett, and more. Stay tuned for our coverage of this year’s edition, and find an image of the grounds on which Boston Calling 2017 will be held below.

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