Lincoln Calling highlights some of the state and country’s most exciting and emerging artists. This festival is dedicated to creative artist curation featuring underrepresented populations while driving new culture to Lincoln.
Lincoln Calling is an annual, non-profit music festival that transforms the streets of downtown Lincoln, Nebraska into a weeklong celebratory explosion of the arts, culture, and the collaborative spirit tantamount to our city’s ever-ramping vitality.
In 2019, Lincoln Calling – which has thrived on featuring bands just before they break, while showcasing a diversity of genres, artists, and artistic disciplines since its inception in 2004 – drew more than 8,500 music lovers to downtown Lincoln, including patrons from 25 cites, 18 states, and 4 countries.
Over the past 6 years, Lincoln Calling has joined forces with long-running community events including Make Lincoln, YP Week and Startup Week bringing to the festival a 2-day Night Market/beer fest, The Lincoln Arts Festival, wellness activities, professional development workshops, and an acute focus on festival sustainability practices.
In 2019, Lincoln Calling featured free, professional and artist workshops, ranging in topic from “Building Civil Discourse and Bridging Ideological Divides” to “Finding the Right Sound in the Studio: A Conversation with the Experts”. The festival also prioritized environmental sustainability efforts, capturing 1.5 tons of recycled materials from venues over three days.
In 2020 and beyond, by highlighting some of the country’s and state’s most exciting emerging artists, Lincoln Calling is only growing bigger and better.