Best Quotes About Festival

Jerusalem is a festival and a lamentation. Its song is a sigh across the ages, a delicate, robust, mournful psalm at the great junction of spiritual cultures. -David K. Shipler

There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world. -Jean Baudrillard

I sang in a rock band when I was training as a lawyer. You know, not professional, we just did it for fun. We just did gigs all over Edinburgh and some in Glasgow and some at festivals. -Gerard Butler

Occasionally, when I run into a great bass backstage at a festival I'll play a few notes on the low E string, just to feel the instrument vibrate against my belly. -Steve Swallow

Well I went to New Orleans to cover the jazz festival for Trio, it's this new arts channel, it's really great. -Amy Sedaris

If we get a few solid festival shows then I will have no problem booking the lads for as many quality club shows around them to make a nice tour come together. -Pat Garrett

But an innovation, to grow organically from within, has to be based on an intact tradition, so our idea is to bring together musicians who represent all these traditions, in workshops, festivals, and concerts, to see how we can connect with each other in music. -Yo-Yo Ma

Still, as much as I wish Ballistic Kiss could be a better film, the recognition it gained from critics and at festivals speaks for itself. -Donnie Yen

In starting to learn about film festivals and what were good ones – 'cause there are five billion of them – it was just a really good East Coast festival. And I thought this little movie was an East Coast film. -Andrew McCarthy

It's hard to get that real good feeling about festivals sometimes. -Meg White

For every rockabilly festival staged here, there are 10 held overseas. -Brian Setzer

When we finally got to play that and we had a great show there, well I can tell it was pretty awesome. Y'know, we probably did bigger festivals since then; we probably headlined bigger festivals since then, but I will always remember that. -Kerry King

We have different personalities, but in a harmonious way, I'd say. Anyway, we were booked to play at the festival as a duo; and we decided we wouldn't have any rehearsal. -Benny Green

Bluegrass has brought more people together and made more friends than any music in the world. You meet people at festivals and renew acquaintances year after year. -Bill Monroe

What they did was to make a pilot and it may well go to series at the next festival but I don't have any news on that. It's already been on Paramount actually, but as it's on Paramount it'll probably be on several more times… hopefully. -Jo Brand

In fact, Moon came on tour with us for a bit just before a big festival in Brighton, I think. -Neil Innes

The first job I had with the Smithsonian was as a field researcher among African American communities in Southwest Louisiana and Arkansas for the festival. -Bernice Johnson Reagon

I started graduate school in 1971, I started working at the Smithsonian in the festival in 1972. I went full-time at the Smithsonian in 1974. And I got my doctorate in 1975. -Bernice Johnson Reagon

Doing that, then doing a lot of theater, which I love. Doing guest stars, did two independent films that are going around to all these festivals. Both of them are going to be at the Lake Tahoe Film Festival. -Austin Peck

Now, there are so many movies, so many festivals, and so many awards going on, each judged with each other, like your work is worse than others and that's not fair. How can you tell what's best and what's worst from these awards? We're talking about art. -Javier Bardem

Now I'm doing a film festival for kids and writing a script about a kidnapped journalist in Afghanistan. -Olivia Wilde

And what makes me happy now has changed as well… Its one thing to play in a bar or at a biker festival, and hear a guy who's been drinking beer all day come up and tell you how good you are. For a long time in your life that will make you happy. -Rick Derringer

The academic area of new music or modern music festivals is not something which attracts me at all. -Gavin Bryars

You have to face the fact that I have no reputation as a composer; I have my reputation as a songwriter and a performer-and that opportunity came this summer, when I was invited to perform at the Lincoln Centre festival in New York… three nights. -Elvis Costello

Workers, comrades, and you, women of the people, let not this festival of May, the second during the war, pass without protest against the Imperialist Slaughter. -Karl Liebknecht

I remember in 1968 when we were in Cannes, in the festival, and we were supposed to be there 10 days, and the second day the festival collapsed because the French, you know, film-makers raised the red flag in the festival and ended the festival. -Milos Forman

We're playing all these weird festivals, usually outdoors. -Thurston Moore

I think people expect mud at festivals, I think you'd be asking for your money back if you didn't get it. -Peter Hook

But I really felt that, something about the lights going down, and the sense of community. I saw this movie at one festival, and there were 1700 people. -Paul Reiser

Ever since I've left, I've been doing nothing but this film and traveling, promoting and doing festivals. So the good thing is that I'm not sitting around pining over whether I made the right choice in leaving. I'm moving and grooving. -Eriq La Salle

Tyrone, I think they're taking to festivals. I don't know which festivals it will be at. It's like a buddy picture. It's a couple of guys driving across the country and they get to a small town and they hit a guy. The guy turns out to be a drug smuggler. -Ethan Suplee

Once the festival achieved a certain level of notoriety, then people began to come here with agendas that were not the same as ours. We can't do anything about that. We can't control that. -Robert Redford

The whole aspect of cinema and film festivals should be a moment to come together and celebrate art and humanity. It would be a shame if there was such a divide. -Keanu Reeves

I'm about to go to Sundance for my 3rd year, and Sundance has never felt like a real independent festival at all. On the other hand, it might to start feel that way. -Bob Odenkirk

Revolution is the festival of the oppressed. -Germaine Greer

Football is a fertility festival. Eleven sperm trying to get into the egg. I feel sorry for the goalkeeper. -Bjork

We program the festival, after 20 years, exactly the way we did on the first day. -Robert Redford

Sabbath – a weekly festival having its origin in the fact that God made the world in six days and was arrested on the seventh. -Ambrose Bierce

The surest guide to the correctness of the path that women take is joy in the struggle. Revolution is the festival of the oppressed. -Germaine Greer

I think I first realized I wanted to be in country music and be an artist when I was 10. And I started dragging my parents to festivals, and fairs, and karaoke contests, and I did that for about a year before I came to Nashville for the first time. I was 11 and I had this demo CD of me singing Dixie Chicks and Leanne Rimes songs. -Taylor Swift

I've never been to a festival. I'm a creature of habit, mashed-potato comfort, I like rugs. Our sofa's squishy. Maybe too squishy – it's hard to get up sometimes. -Martin Freeman

When we were shooting in Shreveport, me and a couple of friends went down to Lafayette, because they had a big Zydeco music festival down there. We spent two days dancing to Zydeco music, eating fried alligator… It was one of the craziest festivals I've ever been to in my life, but I loved it. -Alexander Skarsgard

I used to do puppet theatre and also mime and musical theatre in Florida for competitions and festivals, which was great. I was very much involved in theatre when I was in college. -Wesley Snipes

We have a documentary film festival in Mexico. It's really original. It's called Ambulante, and it's a film festival that travels around several cities in Mexico. -Gael Garcia Bernal

I play the guitar. This year at the Sundance film festival, I joined the band from 'The Guitar' on stage. We warmed up for Patti Smith, and then the director Michel Gondry got on the drums to play some songs from the soundtrack to his film Be Kind Rewind with Mos Def. It was pretty mad. -Saffron Burrows

Every summer, around late July and into August, I find myself in Europe, performing at any festival that will have me. -Henry Rollins

People come to Cannes just to advertise their films, not with a particular message. But the advantage is that if you go to the festival, you get so much press coverage in three days that it advertises the film for the rest of the year. -Jean-Luc Godard

My real fantasy if I was to drop out would be to live in a mobile home and be a hippie and drive around festivals and have millions of children – children with dreadlocks and nose rings – and play the flute. -Rachel Weisz

Listen, anybody who has a film festival has the right to show what they want. -Abel Ferrara

The frustrating part of it is that you're generally known for what you did last. I've had the privilege of doing some very cool independent films that, a lot of the time, the general public doesn't see unless you're at a film festival or you're into that kind of movie. -Hayden Panettiere

The reality is that we have all these awards and all these festivals that give out awards, so you sort of go, 'okay, well, people liked the film, and I think it's a good film, and it's up for an award – well, I guess it should win the award then.' -Guy Pearce

I've been to two festivals in my life, and I've never been to Toronto. I haven't really been making festival movies. This is new territory for me. -Joss Whedon

It's strange to play outdoors, especially in the daytime. But we're figuring it out. The rules are different for festival shows – how you talk to the crowd, how you can try to get them involved. Things are just a little different, and I think we've learned to adapt our show. -Andrew Dost

Medical knowledge and technical savvy are biodegradable. The sort of medicine that was practiced in Boston or New York or Atlanta fifty years ago would be as strange to a medical student or intern today as the ceremonial dance of a !Kung San tribe would seem to a rock festival audience in Hackensack. -Lewis Thomas

To fans in a festival setting it's like a picnic. You want to have a good time with your friends in that crowd. And in the background you hear the band play, 'Oh, that's my favorite song!' everyone is there to enjoy the afternoon and that's about it. -Tom Araya

I'm launching my own festival in South Wales. It's something I've wanted to do for a long time. It's going to be held at Margam Park, because I wanted the venue to be as close to my home as possible. -Katherine Jenkins

I'm a person who likes these sort of movies… sad but moving 'art movies' that normally are at a festival and then they go to a small art house theater and disappear. -Zach Braff

I love the outdoor festival feeling. -Joshua Bell

In small towns, bored teenagers turn their eyes longingly to the exciting doings in the big cities, pining for urban amenities like hipster bars and farmers' markets and indie-rock festivals. Like everyone else, they want the vibrant and they will not be denied. -Thomas Frank

What I find fascinating about Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights we celebrate at this time of the year, is the way its story was transformed by time. -Jonathan Sacks

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holy of holies of Jewish time. It is that rarest of phenomena, a Jewish festival without food. Instead it is a day of fasting and prayer, introspection and self-judgment when, collectively and repeatedly, we confess our sins and pray to be written into God's Book of Life. -Jonathan Sacks

The Jewish festival of freedom is the oldest continuously observed religious ritual in the world. Across the centuries, Passover has never lost its power to inspire the imagination of successive generations of Jews with its annually re-enacted drama of slavery and liberation. -Jonathan Sacks

The Cannes film festival is about big-budget films but also remarkable films made in different political regimes by film-makers with little resources. -Kristin Scott Thomas

I have been doing acting my whole life. I did plays in high school. I take it pretty seriously. I used to do a lot of Shakespeare and Shakespearean festivals and monologues. -Vinny Guadagnino

Unlike with any other art form, filmmakers have this unique web of festivals. There are hundreds. It is a democratic system in which you submit films, and if they are good enough, they play. The only barrier to entry is the submission fee. -Jason Reitman

I remember when I was like 19 years old and I started a desk calendar company to pay for my first short film, just so I could say one day that my daddy didn't pay for my first short film. And I really established myself in the film festival world. -Jason Reitman

I'm just gonna make movies the best I can, do the festival thing or whatever can come. I plan on working with a lot of the same guys over and over again. I hope the majority of us can stick together. -Evan Glodell

In New York, I'll walk down the street and someone will say, 'Nice show,' and that's it. If I'm at a food festival, it's open season. -Tom Colicchio

Usually when I take my films to festivals, I feel incredibly anxious about them. I wonder how it will be received, how the audience will react. I feel deeply responsible for them. -Abbas Kiarostami

I met Prince William at a musical festival and he let me know he was a fan of my music. But the invitation to sing at his wedding reception came completely out of the blue. The fact that Kate and William knew the words to my songs was very touching. -Ellie Goulding

I want to be safe in the knowledge that I can tour and play festivals for a long time. The main thing is that I want a good reputation as a live performer. If I have that, I'd be so happy. -Ellie Goulding

Because I've a track record of talking about books I never write, in Australia they think I'm about to write a book about Jane Austen. Something I said at some festival. -Kate Atkinson

I don't really expect much from my life. So when I heard my films are premiering in film festival circuits I was glad of course but I thought it was lucky accident. -Takeshi Kitano

When I was 3, I recited a poem at a festival in Passaic, New Jersey. The applause was tremendous, and it hit me that I could affect people positively by performing. -Nina Arianda

I love being in public places, but I can't stand long, drawn-out music festivals. -Lamorne Morris

I see most of my movies at festivals. -Jean Reno

In the late '70s I was asked to sing for the first time in Germany. I'll never forget it. It was at a festival in Bremen. The German audience went berserk and the reviews were a phenomenon. For some reason the German audience understood how technically challenging this music was; it wasn't just someone yelling their head off. -Meredith Monk

I'm involved with a baroque opera company here in Italy. I write some of their booklet material, comments on operas. I also write for some baroque opera festivals because this music is my real passion. -Donna Leon

People discover you at festivals. They come to see Coldplay or whoever, and then wander over and catch your act. Festivals make a lot of sense to me. -Tinie Tempah

To tell you the truth, man, we spend most of the time travelling in hotels, in festivals, in concert halls, clubs, airports. The most unenjoyable part is all the security at airports. -Hugh Masekela

When I was seven, I wanted to be Esther Williams. I was drummed out of Brownies because I snuck off to the cinema to watch an Esther Williams festival – my greatest wish if I get to Hollywood is to meet her. -Jacki Weaver

As a director, or just a film fan who wants to enjoy the festival, Cannes is the worst place to be. But it must be a paradise for distributors and importers. -Bong Joon-ho

There's nothing like a music festival. People are ready to have a good time. I don't think anyone comes to a festival going, 'I'm gonna be a complete bummer today.' -Gary Clark, Jr.

We live a life that is often spent in crowds – parties, festivals and first nights – so it's nice to avoid them. -Julian Fellowes

I love festivals because I feel like I'm more of a movie fan than a person who's in the film industry. -Melanie Lynskey

I love U.K. festivals because people go to watch as many bands as possible. They aren't just there to see their favourites; they'll be there all day long. -Chris Jericho

I love the smaller clubs. I love the theaters. I love the festivals. There are things I don't like. At certain theaters, people can't get up and dance. -Sharon Jones

We no longer sing and dance. We don't know how to. Instead, we watch other people sing and dance on the television screen. Christmas, which was once a festival of active enjoyment, has turned into a binge of purely passive pleasures. -Tom Hodgkinson

Long weekends at festivals, short weeks at home, all summer long: now that is surely preferable to the immense cost and headache of the nuclear family holiday in the sun? -Tom Hodgkinson

My idea of childcare at festivals is to sit at a trestle table with an ale while the kids run around and make up their own games. -Tom Hodgkinson

For me, religious festivals and celebrations have become an important way to teach my children about how we can transform living with diversity from the superficial 'I eat ethnic food', to something dignified, mutually respectful and worthwhile. -Randa Abdel-Fattah

I listen to all types of different music. I go to different festivals. I'm around music. -Rico Love

I've always wanted to be a DJ so I could play the music I love for other people. That feeling hasn't changed, but my sets are always evolving. In terms of tailoring to a specific crowd, certainly I do play differently depending on the situation. It's a different feel, for example, in a small club versus a festival. -Tiesto

There's an amazing intimate feeling in a small club but an insane rush playing a stadium or festival. -Tiesto

There have been a lot of people involved in the growth of EDM's support in the U.S., from DJ/producers like David Guetta, Deadmau5 and Skrillex, to major festival organisers and pop artists of EDM integrating elements of dance music into their music. -Tiesto

'Easter' is a movable event, calculated by the relative positions of sun and moon, an impossible way of fixing year by year the anniversary of a historical event, but a very natural and indeed inevitable way of calculating a solar festival. These changing dates do not point to the history of a man, but to the hero of a solar myth. -Annie Besant

I get invited to many more literary festivals than I used to because I'm associated with 'Slumdog Millionaire,' the brand. Many more doors have opened up for me as a result of the global success of the film, although I believe that I'm the same person that existed before it. -Vikas Swarup

Toronto Film Festival is one of those festivals where there are 400 movies, and unless you have a distributor who is super confident and puts a lot of money into it, sometimes movies can go unwatched or unnoticed. -Viggo Mortensen

Obviously there is stuff that I wouldn't play in a club that I play at festivals, and vice-versa, but my sets are still dominated largely by my own music. I think that's what makes me stand out a bit. My music is also festival- and club-friendly, so it generally works out well. -Avicii

Truth is, generally I like film festivals; somewhere at some level there's an exchange of ideas. -Willem Dafoe

My father is a Japanese-American and my mother is a Caucasian. So obviously, New Year's Day is big for our family, you know, oshogatsu. We had obon festivals every year. All those things. -Scott Fujita

When playing big festivals, I tend to play big, over the top techno tracks, like hands in the air songs that make sense being played in front of 30,000 people. I steer away from subtlety in the interests of big bombastic dance music. -Moby

I think people ease into this careerist professionalism, so if you're a writer it's your job to manufacture books as opposed to writing them and to go to festivals and spend your life emotionally invested in reviews or the awards. You have to shrink your universe in a way. To me, it's the opposite. -Arundhati Roy

My favourite two festivals have always been the Big Day Out and Summersonic in Japan. The Big Day Out is a little more fun because it lasts longer. It's like an abbreviated version of the Warped tour because you get to play with the same people every day, which is really fun. -Gerard Way

Bonnaroo has kind of become the granddaddy of all American festivals. The thing I love about it most is that it wasn't born out of picking the top ten bands off the Billboard chart and creating a festival around it. -Michael Franti

It probably wasn't until Nine Inch Nails played the first Lollapalooza that I actually went to a festival. -Trent Reznor

Live interaction with a crowd is a cathartic, spiritual kind of exchange, and it's intensified at a festival. -Trent Reznor

When I show a film at a festival, I am showing myself. Everything is at stake for me. -Lars von Trier

All cultures are different. Some commit genocide. Some are uniquely peaceful. Some frequent bathhouses in groups. Some don't show each other the soles of their shoes or like pictures taken of them. Some have enormous hunting festivals or annual stretches when nobody speaks. Some don't use electricity. -Casey Affleck

Comic-Con has become more of a pop cultural festival, and to not be included feels like you're missing the biggest celebration of the year. -Felicia Day

New York is the perfect place for a film festival because there's already so much energy and life here, and New Yorkers love movies. -Clark Gregg

Formally, I did my studies in the sciences, but I was very conscious that I was being deprived of culture. While studying neuroscience, I was running a rock-music festival and was able to use that as a platform to explore what it takes to produce art for 20,000 inebriated 20-somethings. -Natalie Jeremijenko

I created a successful outdoor youth festival – the Liverd festival – against all good advice. It was a great way to explore and investigate social sculptures. Having that as my kind of studio, outside of a museum or precious white-cube gallery, that was a kind of education. -Natalie Jeremijenko

When I was 13 or 14, I took seven months off from touring. I did a lot of weekend gigs in Louisiana. We have fairs and festivals every weekend. But I took seven months off. That's when I really started digging deep. I wrote a couple songs that year that I still play every now and then for people. -Hunter Hayes

There are so many fun charity festivals in the Hamptons. We enjoy so many fun events for kids such as Kidsfest. We also go to Super Saturday. We like to chill out and go out by the pool. We do things that are fun for kids and good for charity. -Kelly Rutherford

Michael Clarke Duncan and I met at a music festival that was honoring films, and we happened to be seated next to each other at the dinner, and we just hit it off and kept in touch ever since. He was just the gentle giant in real life like you would have expected him to be. -Nikki Blonsky

When I do a festival, I want everyone to have a party, I think it is kind of similar to a club where everyone is there to have a good time and celebrate not being at work or just being able to have fun. I love people dancing to my music as well; if I can make them dance I feel happy. -Katy B

For me, I want to see diversity in storytelling sources because we live in a very diverse society, and the stories are for the whole society. That's really important. For me, as a female filmmaker, when I was out on the festival circuit on 2006, I felt like such a freaking anomaly – an oddity. -Lynn Shelton

I love festivals because they seem like more of an artsy, supportive attitude – which benefits a more theatrical performer sometimes with having theater and other non-club venues, as well as the audience being filled with other artists. It's nice to be with other comics, as usually at other road gigs, I'm solo for the most part. -Maria Bamford

A lot of movies are made, but because they come to film festivals and your movie doesn't get bought by a studio or a distributor, your movie doesn't get seen. -Michael Angarano

I think Ross Noble is the only person that I've seen really storm a stand-up slot at a festival, and that was when he led 3,000 people on a conga out of the tent and across the entire site to a vegetarian food truck. -Marcus Brigstocke

I've spent a lot of very happy times in Edinburgh as a result of playing virtually every festival since 1996. It's also a beautiful city in its own right, is walkable, within sight of the sea and mountains – and was too far north for the Luftwaffe to have done any damage, hence the spectacularly beautiful architecture. -Marcus Brigstocke

I used to do a lot of serious theatre during my school and college days. Comedy was only reserved for youth festival and inter-college competitions. Then once 'The Great Indian Laughter Challenge' was launched, a regional channel in Punjab started a program based on that. I participated in it and emerged as the winner. -Kapil Sharma

I did a short film called 'Disco' and won an award for Best Supporting Actor at an indie film festival, and that was nice. Hopefully there's lots more to come. -Charlie Rowe

I extend my greetings and good wishes to all our citizens on the joyous occasion of Deepawali. The festival of lights, celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm all over the country, signifies the victory of good over evil and is an appropriate occasion for us to resolve to follow the high ideals in life. -Mohammad Hamid Ansari

I've always been dead set against festivals – really suspicious and wary. -Elton John

To get noticed, I had to take my films in a space which was much more democratic in terms of cinema – the international film festivals. -Anurag Kashyap

In India, there is a psychological problem that movies going to film festivals are boring. It is a problem with exhibitors. -Anurag Kashyap

Here in New York, we're media obsessed. Writers write about writers who write about writers and reporters and freelancers, and it's just a festival of information. We're all analyzing and examining and predicting, and I can't imagine that it's like that everywhere else. -Lauren Weisberger

I organize a chess festival in Hungary. I support chess in schools, and I have my own chess foundation. And I started writing books. -Garry Kasparov

I discovered after going to music festivals that I am a rock fan. I love the guitars, the phrasing, and the abandon of rock fans. -Beyonce Knowles

When I started work with LucasArts Computer Division back in 1984, I went to the Palace of Fine Arts and saw the Festival of Animation for the first time. I loved the diverse collection of animated films the festival held. -John Lasseter

I've found that festivals are a relatively painless way to meet people and make a few points that need making, without having to hit them over the head with too many speeches. -Pete Seeger

I will not do festivals. The thought of an audience that big frightens the life out of me. -Adele

'Alien' is a great movie. So is 'Close Encounters.' But I'm not the guy who goes out to the science-fiction festival. '2001's good. -David Duchovny

You go to a festival, you know you're not going to play all new material at a festival. The audience is not there for that. I've made that mistake, but you find out pretty quickly. -David Byrne

I want to play more festivals. -Kat Edmonson

I began writing early – very, very early… I was already writing short stories for the radio and selling poems to poetry and art festivals; I was involved in school plays; I wrote essays, so there was no definite moment when I said, 'Now I'm a writer.' I've always been a writer. -Wole Soyinka

In 2007, I had on-paper success. I got to go to that Aspen comedy festival, which was pretty exclusive, I guess. Then I did Carson Daly. That was enough validation. -Kyle Kinane

Though it's frequently portrayed as this crazy, unbridled festival of rain-soaked, stoned hippies dancing in the mud, Woodstock was obviously much more than that – or we wouldn't still be talking about it in 2009. People of all ages and colors came together in the fields of Max Yasgur's farm. -Richie Havens

The last time I went to a festival without a hat, two things happened. One: I got sunstroke. Secondly, I had to buy what can only be described as a Jamiroquai hat, which was sartorially incorrect – I'm saying that as a Jamiroquai fan. That was a disaster. I looked like a small clown. -Jamie Cullum

How lucky am I? Quite often I speak at book festivals, and people ask me how I got published. There's people who have been working on a book for as long as ten years, and I feel like such a cow. -Sara Sheridan

Living in Edinburgh, I consider myself particularly lucky – we have the biggest book festival in the world, a plethora of fascinating libraries and museums, and some of the greatest architecture in Europe. -Sara Sheridan

One of the most prevalent and undermentioned genres of music is what is known as noise. You can find it all over the world happening in basements, small venues and even some festivals. Often blown off or belittled by critics, the form for the most part goes unheard and unnoticed. -Henry Rollins

The Wacken festival started more than 20 years ago with just a few hundred people in attendance. Tickets now sell out before the lineup is announced. -Henry Rollins

We played a festival in Ireland once, and in the middle of 'New Slang,' the Scissor Sisters kicked in across the field on this mega stage. It was a little distracting. It was hard to keep track of what I was supposed to sing. -James Mercer

Each year, every city in the world that can should have a multiday festival. More people meeting each other, digging new types of music, new foods, new ideas. You want to stop having so many wars? This could be a step in the right direction. -Henry Rollins

I experimented with my own one-man show a couple of years ago in Aspen when HBO used to have their comedy festival there. I called it 'A History of Me.' -Alan Zweibel

At a book festival in Fort Lauderdale, I met David Eisenhower, Ike's grandson, who was promoting his book 'Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower,' in which he describes attending the Yankees' 154th game in 1961. The whole family had been following Mantle and Maris chase Babe Ruth's home run record across the country. -Jane Leavy

I quite like that people tend not to know my name. I remember being at the Cannes film festival for 'All or Nothing.' I looked very different in the film – I had a little greasy bob and no makeup. I went to a dinner after the screening, and everyone completely ignored me. I got a real buzz out of that. -Lesley Manville

I think music is so diverse today, and bands are so diverse. If you were a rock band in the Eighties, you kind of had to stick to one thing. Now, in this age of Coachella and European festivals and stuff, it's kind of anything goes, so that allowed us to try different things. -Dexter Holland

It doesn't matter if I ever win another award or get to play another major jazz festival in America. I would rather not garner any of those things and speak honestly about the things that I see my people endure in this country and all over the world. -Christian Scott

I decided to restore 'Napoleon' after a widescreen festival at the Odeon Leicester Square in 1968. It was run by Richard Arnell and George Dunning, who animated and directed 'Yellow Submarine,' and they'd got their hands on the last scene, the triptychs. They just showed that part, without music and with the projectors misaligned. -Kevin Brownlow

The British love of queuing and discomfort and being bossed around seems to have found a new outlet in the pop festival. -Craig Brown

What is a literary festival? Imagine a sort of cross between school and church. There are no actual festivities; what there are is a lot of public readings. -Russell Smith

Woodstock was the antithesis of what the music industry turned into. And if anyone tries to tie another Woodstock festival to an obnoxious sponsor, I'll be out protesting again. -Michael Wadleigh

I think Cannes is usually pretty fair in choosing what will play well to the home festival crowd. -Eric Fellner

Spring and summer in Pittsburgh mean outdoor festivals. -Bill Dedman

The whole being-in-a-room interview thing, at a junket or a film festival, is very inhuman. You meet the person, have five or 10 minutes to talk, and it's not like a conversation. -Paul Dano

Way back in 2008, when the iPhone was new and Instagram was a gleam in Kevin Systrom's eye, I was involved in creating a service called CrowdFire. It was a way for fans at a festival (the first was Outside Lands) to share photos, tweets, and texts in a location and event specific way. -John Battelle

I went to a festival pretending to work as a journalist to get free tickets and interview people I really admired. I remember one of these people was Guillermo del Toro. -Juan Antonio Bayona

When I met Bono at the Cannes Film festival while I was there for the film 'United 93,' he said to me, 'That's a great film, brother. Thank you for your courage in making it.' I plotzed. -David Alan Basche

I know that at literary festivals I'm speaking mostly to middle-class women, who frequently vote in a way that is contrary to how I'd like them to vote. -Elliot Perlman

I was involved with my theater program in high school, and I was involved in a festival where I could audition for a lot of different schools. -Josh Dallas

My first time on TV doing stand-up, I actually did this show in Holland called 'The Comedy Factory' hosted by Jorgen Raymann. It was in 2006 in Holland. It was amazing. I had only been doing stand-up for four years, and I booked that gig through the Just For Laughs Montreal festival, and they flew me out and put me up. -Hannibal Buress

It feels so good to be able to be part of an action flick like 'The Raid' and to read the rave reviews in a number of film festivals. -Joe Taslim

As a screenwriter, there's so many layers you have to go through in order to tell your story. You have to write the script, get money for the script, shoot it, find distributors, make it into film festivals, all of that just to get to your audience. -Morley

If you're not keen on crowds, it might be best to give Edinburgh a miss during festival time when it can get extremely busy. -Dexter Fletcher

At comedy festivals, we always get grouped with other musical comedians, so you can get to know them and see what everyone is doing. it's really fun and awesome that we're the only girls, because we can tackle issues that guys can't sing about. -Kate Micucci

Cannes is a sort of gladiators' arena, and that's the fun part of it. When you accept to come here to open the festival, you know you are going to be criticised. I have no problem with the fact that I expose myself and the movie, and it's normal that I can disagree with the way some people feel. -Olivier Dahan

I like that conventions want me to appear and festivals want me to come speak because they like the climate I attract. It's a good feeling. -Adam Green

I started with commercials – for shampoo, pancakes, insurance, Volvo. I did a Lux soap commercial with Sarah Jessica Parker. And I got a role in an indie film called 'Satellite' that did well in festivals. -Stephanie Szostak

I really love the festival circuit. -Michelle Monaghan

When people say 'stadium songs,' it's really negative. All the festival headliners, I've realised, are usually the worst bands. -Laurent Brancowitz

I have an idea about building almost like a studio for some of the best Tropfest filmmakers, so they can come together and support and be given space and resources they need to tell great stories year around, so it's not just about the festivals. You know, the sky's the limit with this thing, and I'm still making it up as I go along. -John Polson

You can do a short film in three to four days, and then you can show it. Look at the careers you seen go either through Tropfest or outside of Tropfest. You can make a short film in a couple of days, and if it's great, it can go in the Internet or go to a film festival like this one or another. -John Polson

I was in a music class when I was little, and they discovered I had a talent and could sing. From there, I joined this singing troupe in California, and I would just go sing at festivals in this girl group and perform as much as I could. -Vanessa Morgan

At a festival, a lot of people came to see other artists, so you have to put on a signature set and performance: 'This is what I do, this is why I'm here.' At solo gigs, I'm a DJ – I'll play two-and-a-half hours, and not just my own music, also my favorite songs by other artists. -Afrojack

Holland is a really small country, but with a very strong club and festival scene. Dance music has been huge in Holland since the late eighties. So there were a lot of opportunities for producers and DJs to release records and play live. -Afrojack

I saw a documentary on the Naadam festival that happens in Mongolia during the summer. One of the features of it is a horse race across the plains that all the young men enter – some as young as 12 years old. It's such a spectacular sight. It's incredible to think that this is a tradition that has been going on for centuries. -Caitriona Balfe

I had no inkling of how crazy the political life would turn out to be. You shuttle between your constituency and Ottawa, you try to make every barbecue, festival, parade and charity run, but sometimes you feel pulled in 14 directions at once. -Michael Ignatieff

I'm from a little island off of Massachusetts, Nantucket. It's hard getting into the music business from there, but my parents took me to songwriting festivals because I would write and produce my own music. -Meghan Trainor

My favourite festival experience is a show at midnight with the moon blazing and a crowd full of open hearts ready to dance. -Lykke Li

Cannes or any other major festival is basically an animal in its own nature, creating very specific perceptions of films in a moment. -Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

My hat's off to documentary filmmakers. I don't know if I'm ever going back to it. You're treated like a second-class citizen at most film festivals. You take the bus while everybody else is flown first-class. If you're a feature film director, you're put in a five-star hotel, and if you're a documentary director, you stay in a Motel 6. -Terry Zwigoff

I think, often with Australian films, if an Australian film has been given the seal of approval by an offshore festival or an offshore release, then it does mean a lot to a local audience. -Joel Edgerton

Nowadays, a critic has to watch 700, 800 films a year, and I know through experience, being a juror in prestigious film festivals where supposedly the best films are arriving, from twenty films maybe you see two that are good, one that is so-so, and one that is extraordinary. And the other sixteen are terrible. -Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

That incredible bubble and high expectations built at festivals can work against a film. -Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

At 7, I was at the barre and dancing at folk festivals. Then I was a student with the ballet school of the Metropolitan Opera. -Maria Karnilova

At the Hong Kong festival, we were co-producers of the opening film, 'Aberdeen,' which is the third part in a popular movie series. -Victor Koo

I dug up some old John Buscema 'Conan' comics. Man, when Alfredo Alcala was inking, that was some of the most beautiful black and white comic art ever published. The stories are good, too, though early '70s comics based on Conan is a festival of sexist, racist stereotypes. -Ted Naifeh

I think the only festival I ever went to was Warped Tour. -Brendon Urie

I don't recall making a conscious decision to become an actor. I just remember winning a prize at a theatre festival when I was 17 and saying: 'Oh, that's what I have to do.' -Simon McBurney

At Performa in New York, there are a lot of commissions, but Manchester Festival is the only festival where everything is fully produced by the festival. -Hans-Ulrich Obrist

I worked on the line, I've been an executive chef, I've worked for the Mets, I've worked for various steakhouses, vegetarian restaurants, a lot of Middle Eastern stuff. I've worked my fair share of a lot of different things. I've worked at festivals and street fairs, you know? I've been through it all. -Action Bronson

When you're talking about your own music every day, listening to bands, going to festivals, you can kind of lose sight of your initial connection with music. Instrumental music – especially jazz – helps me refocus. -Jenny Lewis

I love festivals in that people seem to let their hair down more. I love that people run from stage to stage. I love going as a performer because you get to see band that you wouldn't necessarily go see. -Imelda May

My dad made a film called 'Willow' when he was a young filmmaker, which screened at the Cannes film festival, and people were booing afterwards. -Bryce Dallas Howard

Each January, nearly half a million people visit the small town of Saundatti for ajatre or festival, to be blessed by Yellamma, the Hindu goddess of fertility. -Beeban Kidron

The whole idea of a festival to me is that filmmakers get to interact. You see someone strolling, you get to meet them and tell them you like their work, you admire their story. -Seymour Cassel

You can't host an Italian film festival without Marcello Mastroianni. It just doesn't feel right. -Gia Coppola

Film schools are now nearly 50-50 male-female, and women are also well represented at festivals and in indie film. But what happens to them after they direct their first film or short? Where do they go? They certainly aren't being given the same opportunities as their male counterparts. -Lesli Linka Glatter

I'm a huge festival fan. I love to dance and dance all night long. -Douglas Booth

Tribeca Film Festival Doha will be both an industry festival and an audience festival, not just an event for insiders. Community outreach will be a major part of what we're doing. We'll put filmmakers in touch with local, regional, and international audiences. -Craig Hatkoff

I am not a regular at film festivals. -Lillete Dubey

I love the crowds at festivals because they're so chilled out. -Gabrielle Aplin

No religion makes more use of color than Hinduism, with its blue-skinned gods and peony-lipped goddesses, and even the spring festival of Holi is focused on color: Boys squirt arcs of dyed water on passersby or dump powder, all violently hued, on their marks. -Hanya Yanagihara

Pope Francis has aimed a blow at what the whole hierarchical system is built on: a graded system with the higher clergy in the skyboxes, the devoted religious in festival seating, as they say of the crowds at rock concerts, and, on the bottom, the laity in standing room only. -Eugene Kennedy

My school is very good and quite understanding and know I have to take time off for interviews or writers' festivals. -Alexandra Adornetto

I'm used to promoting books, but a movie is a very different thing. You have to go to film festivals and wear fancy clothes and try and look glamorous and intelligent when you're just terrified and you want to go home! -Tatiana de Rosnay

If you get to bring a little movie on the festival circuit, it's a nice experience because you get to see it with an audience. People who go to festivals to watch films are usually a little more eager to enjoy them. It's exciting because it's like you're going to the film's opening night at every festival. -Dito Montiel

I'm not really into EDM music; I really like when someone plays their instrument and stuff. But I saw Deadmau5 at a festival, and it was pretty tight, I have to admit. He's got the giant mouse head on and tubes coming out of the ceiling and giant mirror glass things. -Brittany Howard

My first movie, 'Heathers,' had played at the festival, so I had a little bit of a Sundance connection, but I didn't really know about the Labs. -Michael Lehmann

Before YouTube, I used to show videos at film festivals, and that was good and constructive. Watching things with an audience is a great way to gauge – it's pretty clear what's working in comedy when there's a joke and people laugh or don't laugh. -Jason Woliner

Bonnaroo is the most significant festival in the country. I can sometimes just get caught up in the moment and listening and say, 'Oops, I gotta go sing now.' -Richie Furay

The Tibetans are dirty. They wash once a year and, except for festivals, seldom change their clothes till they begin to drop off. They are healthy and hardy; even the women can carry weights of sixty pounds over the passes. They attain extreme old age; their voices are harsh and loud, and their laughter is noisy and hearty. -Isabella Bird

I think one of the things the writers' festival does that is very good is that it brings writers from around the world and around the country and locally and puts them all in the one spot together, and that's what a lot of the world's great writers' festivals do. -Nick Earls

Full Frame is where I had the first showing of my first film, 'Street Fight.' I have a fond memory of pacing around outside the theater, nervously trying to keep from throwing up. It's a magical festival, well curated, with a warm and generous spirit. -Marshall Curry

I love the outdoor festival feeling. When I'm on stage, it's very gratifying to watch people on the lawns enjoying the music with a glass of wine. -Joshua Bell

In 1987, I had no idea who Steven Isserlis was. We met at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. It was originally just an Italian summer festival, but for the past 14 years, there's also been a spring festival in America. -Joshua Bell

A national festival is an occasion to refine and rebuild the national character. -Narendra Modi

I first visited the Toronto fest in 1979, its fourth edition, when it was known as the Festival of Festivals and had an audience of about 40,000. I happily returned to the 10-day skein nearly every year thereafter, as attendance swelled to 400,000 and it grew into the most influential film festival in North America, perhaps the world. -Richard Corliss

Of course, some people call me one of the most well-networked people in the world, but I am a very unsocial person – I never go to a cocktail party; I am never seen at a charity event. I have one exception: I'm a member of the board for one of the big European music festivals, so I participate, with pleasure, in concerts. -Klaus Schwab

When you play a show or festival, people know what they're getting; they want it. Then you're thrown onto a show where people are watching TV in their houses, and whether they ask for it or not, we're being played in front of them. There's a lot of negative feedback. -Tyler Joseph

It doesn't sound that cool to say it, but I still get nervous for any show. But it's different degrees – playing a small basement of a club versus playing a festival like Firefly or Bonnaroo. The feeling is, 'Crap, I'm about to be blasted in the face,' and once you get started, then it's like, 'OK, I've done this before. I know what I'm doing.' -Josh Dun

The really cool thing about festivals is that you're getting to play in front of a whole lot of people who have never heard of us before. That's exciting. At the same time, it's a little bit of a challenge to capture the attention of people who have already seen a lot of bands. -Josh Dun

When the fearsome foursome of rock music, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, and Jerry Lee Lewis, decided to show up in Toronto for a rock and roll festival, I knew we had to go there to try to get them all on film. -D. A. Pennebaker

I started doing independent films. My first one was 'Miss Bala,' which was very well-received at film festivals. -Stephanie Sigman

The first thing I wrote was a one-act play that got accepted at a one-act play festival, and I was in it along with Nathan Lane and a couple of other very good actors. -Aaron Sorkin

Sometimes it's hard to eat healthy on the road, especially on the days when we play fairs and festivals! There is lots of fried temptation there, and it's hard for this Southern girl to turn down some good fried food. -Kimberly Schlapman

I played the guitar. When I was 14, I composed songs – Paul McCartney-style things. I had a rock band – we'd compete in festivals. -Juan Diego Florez

We played at a festival in Mexico City, at the same time as another famous artist, and I reckon we had 55,000 people watching New Order; the other had 7,000. I think from that I've discovered the secret of success in the music industry: don't do any promotion. -Bernard Sumner

At Coachella, I want to start separating how I do a big festival set from how I do a club set. -Jamie xx

At festivals, you can go a lot bigger than a club and have massive euphoric moments because there are so many people there all feeling the same thing. -Jamie xx

My mood board says that there should be a G.O.O.D. Music festival. Why not? Like, we haven't – I don't think – and I think all of the G.O.O.D. Music artists and affiliates are doing so many different things that we never get to Voltron up. So that would be a thing of mine. -Pusha T

Playing a room, it's a real dictator-type situation – you can really move the crowd the way you want to. In a festival, there's a sea of people, and it's harder to lock in on any one group. -Pusha T

I've been going to Europe for some time on the festival circuit, and once you get in that element and see others reacting to it, it's easier to understand. You get trapped in the wave. The beats are driving and super-aggressive – like, so hard. I was curious. -Pusha T

When you get close to race day, there's that anticipation and excitement – it's the same whatever level you're running at because the marathon is like a festival. -Paula Radcliffe

Throughout history, Hanukkah was a relatively minor festival, but it's become very popular in America due to its proximity to Christmas. -Gil Marks

The fact that Newark is having poetry festivals and peace conferences – all of these things are building an undeniable thesis that our city is making incredible strides forward. -Cory Booker

'Obvious Child,' the short, had a nice life online and a great festival run, but the short and the feature still stand apart from everything else I've done. I play a woman who you might meet in life. My other work is much more heightened. -Jenny Slate

Telluride has an incredible history and reputation, and I've long known of it as a unique entity that makes a place for writers – one more aspect of this exceptional film festival in the Colorado Alps. -Rachel Kushner

Standing at a Christian music festival in Asbury, Ky., in the spring of 1978, I gave my life to Jesus Christ, and that's changed everything. -Mike Pence

Does the global Left – as well as the Israeli Left – truly not care about the horrific Taliban regime, the terrible oppression of women in Gulf states, and the mass hanging festivals in Iran? -Yair Lapid

Style-wise, Valle Nevado is what can only be described as 'hip international.' Brazilians, Chileans and Europeans make the place seem like an electronic music festival transported to an remote Andean valley. Huge speakers blare out thumping, bass-heavy music, while promotoras stalk the staircases selling everything from Red Bull to mobile phones. -Jonathan Franklin

I feel best in a ragged pair of red Honda Motorcycle pants. I have taken them to Machu Picchu, to the Knob Creek Machine Gun festival, and backstage to Cirque du Soleil – just the right touch to make you untouchable. No one quite dares to throw you out, because perhaps you are a world class motocross racer. -Jonathan Franklin

I am honored to be one of this year's Urbanworld ambassadors for the festival's 20th anniversary, joining my friend David Oyelowo. I have always had a special relationship with Urbanworld, back to my days as a festival publicist to previewing my earlier films and now as an ambassador. -Ava DuVernay

I love festivals, period. -Geoff Dyer

I don't want to be defined solely by what I do as a jazz musician at a club or a festival. That's not all of me. It's not even close. -Jason Moran

Every June, Gypsies come in caravans from all over Europe to honor Django Reinhardt at a festival in Samois-sur-Seine. When I was little, I started hanging out with them. They fascinated me – they really, literally, live in the moment. They take every day as if it's their last. -Cyrille Aimee

This worldwide spread of recognition is insane. I was brought up in a small country. If you made a Swedish film that just got into a film festival somewhere, that was like the biggest thing you could wish for. -Alicia Vikander

There's just a completely different vibe at festivals. Everyone gets to hang out and enjoy their favorite music all day. I really do try and play as many festivals as possible! -Kygo

I really do try and play as many festivals as possible. -Kygo

All my collaborations happen in different ways. Sometimes it's through a chance meeting at a festival or event, while others can happen just off the back of me liking their music and reaching out. -Kygo

It doesn't seem expected for us to do something like that, but I love electronic music. I spend a lot of my time listening to that and just trying to understand what makes it work – what makes it move people the way it does and why they have some of the best-selling festivals in the world. -Zac Brown

Other people pull off amazing festivals and events and things like that. I think ours is a little bit different, and that's what makes us distinct. -Zac Brown

If you're going to go to a festival, drink water for six days before you get there. -Jillionaire

The Republican National Convention is a great place to hear people talk about politics and values and all that sort of thing. But there's one thing brings me back year after year, and that's white people dancing. The RNC is the world's premier Caucasian amateur dance festival. -Jimmy Kimmel

As far as festivals, nothing tops Cannes. -Sasha Lane

If I make a song, and it's my song, like 'Lean On,' we're going to make money off the synchs, the Spotify, and we get to headline festivals on it. That's the model I want to explore. -Diplo

That's the reality of my life – I do normal things and then get to go to film festivals and wear borrowed clothes and turn up at premieres and talk about things I am passionate about. But then you click back to normality and your family and friends. -Eddie Redmayne

When I think about myself as a teenager going to festivals, you look to the main stage as the main entertainment of the night. -Romy Madley Croft

At a festival like Coachella, you're not necessarily playing for your fans. You're playing to some, but there is also a lot of people that have maybe heard one of your songs, but aren't quite fans yet, so you feel like you have something to prove. -Romy Madley Croft

Cannes is the oldest film festival in the world, and I've long dreamed of having one of my films there in competition. It's a dream that lay dormant for a long time; I stopped believing in it. -Denis Villeneuve

There are those who argue that the public celebration of festivals such as Christmas should be discouraged, in the questionable belief that it might somehow offend those of other religions or none. -Pope Benedict XVI

Political perspective and the Cannes festival are linked almost as inextricably as fast-food consumption and detrimental effects on health. -Elvis Mitchell

My parents used to do these little film festivals in our house where we'd watch all the Marx Brothers movies, or Chaplin movies, and a lot of westerns. -Alden Ehrenreich

It's one of the greatest festivals in the world. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest is the best all-around… It's an honor to be closing it. -Aaron Neville

I met Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu years ago during my college days, and I was in charge of international promotion of this movie festival he was invited to as part of the jury, and then he saw my work on a short film that was directed by a friend of mine. -Edgar Ramirez

I've always worn Superdry. It's a British brand, of course, and it's my go-to festival brand. -Poppy Delevingne

I don't go to regular music festivals because I tend to run in the opposite direction wherever there's big crowds. -Sheryl Lee

Back in the mid '90s, I went to a film festival, and they were airing 'Central Park West' at the same time as this cute little romantic comedy movie called 'French Exit,' and I got to go from one theater where I was goofy, falling over myself, to this kind of evil vixen kind of character. -Madchen Amick

The reason I love Lollapalooza is because it's a great music festival. -Michael Pena

I've worked at this film festival in Telluride called the Telluride Film Festival. Been there since 2002. I used to make popcorn. I was an usher. Cleaned toilets, everything. Grew up there as a kid. -Barry Jenkins

The bigger your songs get, the bigger the festivals you play at will be, until you make it to Ultra. It happened super quick for me. I'm still in shock, actually. I have to pinch myself a lot. -Martin Garrix

One of my first festivals was Oxygen 2006. It had this amazing lineup with the Arctic Monkeys on their first or second album, the Strokes, Kings of Leon, the Magic Numbers and then the Who and James Brown. I waited in the pit for a good eight hours to see James Brown. -Hozier

One time, this guy at this music festival would not let me off the hook that I was Percy Jackson. He was like, 'Quit lying to me, bro, I know you're Percy Jackson.' I was like, 'I swear to God, I'm not Percy Jackson.' -Dylan Minnette

Environment is very important to me. Sometimes I have to perform during the day for festivals, and my music does not work in the daytime. It is nighttime music. -The Weeknd

I can't say I have had a ton of Hollywood exposure, as strange as that sounds. But by pure happenstance, I trailed Javier Bardem on a red carpet at a film festival in Palm Springs years ago. He's one of my idols, and I endeavor to walk an artistic path similar to his own. -Ethan Peck

I'm honored to be asked by Stephanie Allain – whom I've long admired – to add to the scope of my programming purview at Film Independent. I salute David Ansen for his work with the festival and look forward to continuing to follow his example. -Elvis Mitchell

People throw things at me sometimes, at big festivals. -Sam Hunt

My favorite festival beauty look is definitely braids and hats: a messy fishtail braid and a cute outfit, and I'm ready! -Kelsea Ballerini

I did a music festival in France. I'm not going to name names, but there were bigger bands and DJs on before me, and throughout their set, all I could hear them chanting was 'Hodor!' And I was, like, 'Oh, please stop! It's so disrespectful to the other acts!' In a way, obviously, I loved it, but it was kind of embarrassing at the same time. -Kristian Nairn

I've been to several international film festivals, including those in Locarno, Switzerland; Dubai; Russia; Berlin; Cannes; Bangkok; and Hong Kong. -Coco Martin

The truth is that I didn't start out making commercial movies. My films were not film festival movies with the possible exception slightly of 'Super,' but I was able to nurture my gifts through the works of artists making lower budget films that needed a place and an outlet. -James Gunn

Maine is a movable music festival in the summertime. -Sue Hubbell

My parents weren't involved in show business, but my parents would show me. We'd watch old films in the house. Little film festivals of Westerns and stuff like that when I was a kid. I knew I wanted to be those guys in those movies before I knew what being an actor was. -Alden Ehrenreich

Until you've been to Cannes, it's hard to describe to someone the magnitude of that festival. -Taylor Sheridan

It definitely is an ice breaker going into the awards already having one, and it was just so crazy when I heard I did win because I was in London at the time, and we were doing a festival out there, and my manager was like, 'You just won an ACM.' And I was like, 'How? It's so early!' -Maren Morris

I would love to see Regina Spektor, Bjork, and some really cool-sounding festival bands like 'Metric' and 'The Cardigans,' who are one of my favorite bands. -Maren Morris

At film festivals, I put on my sunglasses and go to sleep because I don't want to see my films again. -Wong Kar-wai

When most kids were doing summer camp, I was doing the Arkansas festival circuit, passing out push cards, and shaking hands and tagging along with my dad to every nook and cranny in the state of Arkansas. -Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Some independent Indian films do so well at these festivals in Europe and in the United States that when they come back, India just cannot ignore them. -Arfi Lamba

Usually, when I'm at a festival with a movie that I'm in, I'm in and out in 24 hours. -Ari Graynor

One of my favourite things about living in the U.K. is having that chance to go to festivals. -Katherine Ryan

Cannes is a lot of work, since it's a market festival and a serious festival, and they really work you, understandably. -Todd Haynes

Filmmaking is not about gender. You cannot ask a president in a festival like Cannes to have, like, five movies directed by women and five by men. -Marion Cotillard

Generally, when I come to festivals, I just wander freely and see what happens. -St. Lucia

At a festival, some people are just there because they're waiting for, like, Calvin Harris to come on later. -St. Lucia

So many writers live their whole lives in rooms. You can be too civilised in the environment you have around you, too oriented towards speaking engagements and literary festivals and dinner parties. That has no interest for me these days. You get to a point where you don't care anymore. At that point, you can start to write. -Lawrence Osborne

I once went to Alba, Italy, during their white truffle festival, and I was like, 'Just leave me here!' -Amber Valletta

It's just really cool to go to countries and play festivals for people who don't really know your band or don't ever get to see it. It's really nice. -Brendon Urie

I can go to festivals and open spaces, but if I'm in a crammed room with a bunch of people – oh my God. -Brendon Urie

I really enjoy 'festival life,' as it were, and I love the reactions when I bring out my guitar on stage. The crowd are always a bit like, 'What the hell is this urban guy doing with a guitar,' and that's what I love – the shock element of it all! -Labrinth

I've made so many changes to my records because of the way the audience has reacted at the various festivals I've played – I've taken tracks back into the studio, stripped them bare, and built them back up again to create something entirely different. -Labrinth

My one experience with Lollapalooza was in 2009 – it was actually the first music festival I've ever been to. -GRiZ

All my friends are usually at festivals… I just have so much adrenaline running, I literally could run a marathon after my shows. -Daya

I personally adore the festival of Dussehra, as its a celebration of our culture and mythological legacy. I celebrate, almost, all my festivals with Life OK, be it Holi or Diwali or Dussehra. It's like a festive home for me. -Rithvik Dhanjani

I don't ever want to play a festival again, period. -Mike McCready

You see Mexican cinema in festivals throughout the world, and you see Mexican directors getting recognized at Cannes, at the Oscars, in Berlin, but the question is, What is the end result of that in terms of the market? That's where it's lacking. -Diego Luna

Being at a film festival reminds me of the power of film. The power that we have in our hands. Telling specific stories about personal matters can start the debate that is needed today, and that connect you with realities that you had no idea were connected. -Diego Luna

I think each one of us should try and do small things on Diwali so that those who are not as privileged as we are can also have a good festival. -Sangram Singh

First, I only get earthen lamps during Diwali, and I urge everyone to do so, so that people who make these diyas can earn money and have a good Diwali. Also, I celebrate the festival with special children. I take homemade sweets for them like halwa or jaggery and spend some time with them. -Sangram Singh

Since I was 20, I wanted to make a short film and send it to international short film festivals. It never happened. I became too big a star to indulge in those things. -Kamal Haasan

Before 'Dancing with the Stars,' I'd directed a short called 'Man vs. Monday' that I sent out to all the festivals just to show I can direct and produce. It was also a template to launch a movie or a TV series. -Ian Ziering

Just a decade after 'Living in Bondage,' Nollywood films, made in some 300 languages, were being watched in both urban and rural areas, distributed on both the streets and online, and finding their way into international festivals. -Elizabeth Flock

I was invited to do an all-female improv festival in Portland called All Jane, No Dick. The person running it asked me if I had a female improv team, and I just said yes and then figured out who I would want to bring with me. We had such a fun show together that we decided that we should keep doing it. -Lauren Lapkus

I love South By because people are more relaxed here, and people are a little more off guard. They say things and react more freely than Sundance or Cannes. I love the feel of this festival. -Jason Blum

When I was working for Miramax, before Sundance, a videotape of 'The Blair Witch Project' – of the full, completed movie – went to a lot of the buyers. And so we all saw it before the festival, and I passed, a bunch of people passed… Then I watched the movie marching toward success, and was reminded by my bosses what a dope I was. -Jason Blum

I go to music festivals, and people want to talk to me about racism. I'm like, 'Bro, I'm trying to have fun!' -Daniel Kaluuya

There's nothing more fun than just walking through town or maybe going to a community-based festival. How much does that cost? Nothing! -Lamman Rucker

The premiere of Lynne Ramsay's film of 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' at the Cannes film festival provides an apt juncture at which to celebrate the miraculous power – not of film but of fiction. Lo, I have created a monster. -Lionel Shriver

I've seen the Stones play for three hours, and the crowd knew every song. It's what you want in a headline slot at a festival. -Winston Marshall

I like festivals of all kinds: in 1969, I made a film about the first Pan-African festival in Algiers, which celebrated the countries that had been liberated 10 years earlier. There was a tremendous feeling of kinship. -William Klein

The beauty of the World Cup is that while thirty-two countries get to cheer for their respective teams, the event also affirms a global pluralism – it is as much a festival of cultural multiplicity as it is a competition featuring some of the best athletes in the world. -Clint Smith

We knew people in Cleveland who had been making movies for 20 years that nobody sees. Every couple of years, they make a little small movie on their own, and it goes to some minor festivals, and that's it. Four years later, they do it again. That's a fulfilling life for some filmmakers, and they're happy to work that way. -Anthony Russo

I've always been against the idea of dividing films between festival titles and popular movies. I think you can make films that are both. -Michel Hazanavicius

The quality of festival Q&As is often a matter of chance. Sometimes the lights come up on movies I loved, and not a single meaningful question is asked. Sometimes it's the opposite. -Yance Ford

Film festivals are usually unpleasant experiences on some level. The lines are ridiculous, the crowds are ridiculous, or the schedules are impossibly arranged: 'You say that there's a film you really want to see? Try the 8 A.M. show! Oh, it's too bad you didn't get to bed until 2 A.M. the night before.' -Yance Ford

I always think, what I would have thought of something like Gurls Talk would have come into my school? Or how would I have felt if I'd heard there was this one-day festival happening in London? I think I'd have definitely gone, I started Gurls Talk because it was everything that I needed at school. -Adwoa Aboah

I take enormous pleasure in seeing artists go out and sing my songs, or being in the corner of a festival, and everyone's singing along, and no one knows that you've written it. -Jimmy Napes

'Power breaking,' also called Hanmadang – which means something like celebration or festival in Korean – involves breaking large amounts of wood, concrete, granite, and the like with specific hand and foot techniques. Practitioners rely on repeated resistance training and the idea that, over time, the body can adapt to stress. -Mary Pilon

Joe Sample was one of my heroes. I met him at the Curacao Jazz festival, and I fanned out like he was the Beatles! -India Arie

I love going to football matches, the skate park, and music festivals. -Brooklyn Beckham

To be invited to the Park – the greatest free Shakespeare festival in the world – is a great honor, and I don't take it lightly. -Phyllida Lloyd

I was four days old when I went to my first bluegrass festival. -Ashley McBryde

I love Pushkar because of the Pushkar Fair, which happens every fall – it's this camel festival, with ornately-dressed camels, camel races. But the reason I truly love this city is the Hindu mythology behind it. -Maneet Chauhan

Oh, the dilemma of the summer music festival. On one hand, we ladies try very hard to look cute walking around those muddy fields in our cowboy boots and cut-offs. On the other hand, we want to look like we really didn't try at all and just rolled out of bed looking this way. -Coco Rocha

The Festival of Books is indeed a well-oiled machine, one which leaves most of the other literary festivals in America, including vaunted Brooklyn's, in the dust. -Michelle Dean

I've never really wanted to do the bra top or booty shorts at festivals. I'd rather be cool, casual, and comfortable, and I like wearing outfits that I can also walk on the street with. In short, I don't really dress differently at festivals. -Madelaine Petsch

We always had a sense that we were the underdog. There's lots of competition and niche players. But we have every type of event on Eventbrite, whether you're a consumer or you're organizing a bacon festival. Our identity is our users. -Julia Hartz

I've played festivals in Australia. If it's a dance music festival or mainstream festival, there's maybe, like, 10 percent who pay attention to the music. -Kevin Parker

Apart from working on music, I'd rather play big festivals than almost anything else. -Mustard

There are a lot more variables with festivals than just playing in a venue. -Natalie Prass

I get kind of nervous in crowds, so a musical festival would never be something I would go to, unless I was playing. -Natalie Prass

I know my curiosity as a writer and as a person makes me really interested in moving to parts of the country that I haven't explored through writers' festivals or through the kind of campus visits that I do on a regular basis and engaging with people who may be readers of poetry and may not. -Tracy K. Smith

I go to a lot of writers conferences and literary festivals that tend to be in college towns or cities, and I'm eager to see what happens if those same texts and those same questions move outside of those areas to smaller rural communities where there are surely people who read and love poetry. -Tracy K. Smith

I don't like being at food festivals and have someone from some weird cable access show that's all about lifestyle get in my face with a microphone and wants to know which party I'm going to later… That just is pointless kind of stuff to me. -Andrew Zimmern

Edinburgh is a world city, visited throughout the year for its beauty and history, but in August, it is the City of Hope. There is something very exciting and romantic about performers of all shapes and sizes, honing their stuff for the biggest arts festival in the world. -Dominic Holland

A barrel of laughs should be enough, but it's not. A good review is official and endures. A bad one is like a tub of Flora. It spreads easily and lasts for the whole festival. -Dominic Holland

When it's my show, I know that everybody is there to see me – but I like a challenge, and I like the fact that at festivals, not everybody is there to see me, but I have the chance to convert people. -Stefflon Don

I love braids and just generally playing around with different hairstyles, especially for festivals and photoshoots. -Anne-Marie

I didn't know V. S. Naipaul very well, and to a large extent, my acquaintance with him was limited to meetings at literary festivals. -Amitava Kumar

I've followed Tegan and Sara's music for quite a while, and I've been a fan of them and what they do and what they stand for. We've run into each other at one or two festivals over the years, and I kind of fanned out on them. -Dan Reynolds

My favorite part of festival season is probably the disposable income at hand for me… I get booked for more, and I make more money. -Lil Dicky

I'm not a big festivalgoer as in, like, a citizen. -Lil Dicky

As things mature – whether they be real estate, rock n' roll, politics, festivals, radio – there's an efficiency that develops, and with it, very often, comes some soul-crushing truths. -James Murphy

What makes a good festival, above all, is the audience. It feels disconnected when it's meant to bring in people from elsewhere and not meant for the people who actually live there. -Baron Vaughn

SXSW can feel very male, very straight, and very white, and though it's a great festival, when you have a film that's different, it's hard to find your place. -Andrew Haigh

I don't ever take anything for granted. I know… people would kill for the opportunity to play on festival stages and whatnot. -Mija

Moving to L.A., I got really into hip-hop and trap music and basically a lot of the sounds you would maybe normally see in a festival, but for whatever reason, I was so involved in vinyl and house at the time, I didn't even know that I liked trap. -Mija

The more film festivals, theatrical shows, and music performances and visual arts we have, the less chances there are for war. Art is hope, and it is found in hope, and that's why we need to share our experiences and cherish art. -Haris Pasovic

Many have asked me, 'Why have a film festival in the middle of a war?' But they have it backwards. The question is, 'Why have a war in the middle of a film festival?' -Haris Pasovic

In terms of film festivals, Cannes is the greatest launch pad. -Hirokazu Kore-eda

I got heckled off stage in Western Australia at a music festival once. -Ronny Chieng

Because I produce a comedy festival and because I write and all of that stuff, I've seen the relationship that actors can create, in a bad way sometimes, with the rest of the people they work with. I just want to be a good representation of, 'Actors are great! They're not what some people might think they are.' -Janet Varney

Back in the days before the Internet, there was no place to put a short film, so Mike Gribble and Spike Decker had this festival of animation. My student films got selected. -Pete Docter

I saw the Dead in '73 at Nassau Coliseum, and that same year, I saw them at the crazy, big Watkins Glen festival. It was just outrageous. It was amazing to see the reciprocity between them and their audience. -Lee Ranaldo

Playing new songs at festivals is weird, obviously. People at festivals are always a bit drunk, and probably just want to hear stuff they know by bands they love, or are checking you out and don't know your stuff very well. -Dan Smith

My first film festival and my first film that I've ever been in, 'Martha Marcy May Marlene,' that was at Sundance. -Julia Garner

I love that there's always something happening at festivals. It takes some of the pressure away, too, because you're one person on the bill. -Sigrid

I think festivals have a responsibility to show different genres of music to people. -Sigrid

'Newton' is a very Indian film but resonates with people all across. And that's the reason it got great response at the film festivals. -Rajkummar Rao

I always celebrate festivals – whether it's Holi or Diwali. -Kartik Aaryan

Burning Man is a crowning achievement of freedom in festival culture. -Alex Grey

The guy who runs Big Day Out doesn't like us for some reason; I don't even know why. We do all the other festivals, and we enquired about it. Who knows, maybe he'll eventually crack, but maybe not. We're just going to keep knocking on his door late at night saying, 'Come on, dude!' -Benji Madden

In the '70s, as a kid, someone took me to a Tournee of Animation festival at the L.A. County Museum of Art. -Stephen Hillenburg

If you're going to a show that we're providing support for, or a large festival, you're obviously going to see a condensed version. We have to shave off some fat from the show, so we have to stick to the so-called 'bangers.' -Tobias Forge

I remember playing with John Zorn and Ikue Mori in Taiwan in a school classroom. There were, like, 15 people there, maybe, and they were sitting at the classroom desks, and we played under the chalkboard. There's no difference between playing that and the 'download' festival. -Mike Patton

If I had not made a film like 'Vaanaprastham,' I would not have been able to go to Cannes or any other festival. I would not have had a chance to act as a Kathakali artiste. I would not have had a chance to be with some of the greatest Kathakali artistes. I consider all this my good fortune. -Mohanlal

As my mother is a Kerala Brahmin and my father a Kerala Nair, every day in the house is like a religious festival. -S. Sreesanth

Film festivals are important, as they often provide an opportunity to look at a film from a fresh perspective. -Farhan Akhtar

'Kaaka Muttai' has gone places. It's a great feeling. There is respect from family and friends. The film has travelled to international festivals, and I was able to meet big directors. -Aishwarya Rajesh

Deepavali is my 'favouritest' festival. More than Pongal or New Year's, this is the time we all come together as family and celebrate. -Aishwarya Rajesh

I never go to film festivals. I am allergic to them. -Naseeruddin Shah

I used to hold Stanley Kubrick film festivals at my house in high school. These are not cool things. -Sam Esmail

Every year in Edinburgh, I end up waiting behind the curtain about to go on stage, and I have a moment of thinking, 'No one's told me what to do with this show. I've done exactly what I wanted. This is the biggest arts festival in the world, and all these people have shown up. Aren't I lucky?' It really is amazing. -James Acaster

When it's my show, I know that everybody is there to see me – but I like a challenge, and I like the fact that at festivals not everybody is there to see me, but I have the chance to convert people. -Mabel

Grime's always been big at festivals. Grime's always had an underground crew. -Big Narstie

When I was making short films for the TV show 'Naalaya Iyakunar,' I wasn't just competing but making films that I could potentially show at international festivals. -Karthik Subbaraj

On an average, any short film will cost at least Rs. 60,000. Apart from film festivals, where is the avenue to get that money back? -Karthik Subbaraj

I have a festival called Shaggy and Friends, which is a charity event to raise funds for a hospital. -Shaggy

I learned from master teachers at the University of Evansville, at Juilliard, at Shakespeare festivals all over the country, eventually landing at Shakespeare in the Park in N.Y.C. That show transferred, so I got to make my Broadway debut doing 'The Tempest' with Patrick Stewart. -Carrie Preston

'Gangs Of Wasseypur' had two parts and 200 actors. I didn't think it would be that successful and go to international festivals. These things just happen. You should just do films that you like doing. -Huma Qureshi

In Tamil Nadu, watching a film on a festival is a part of our culture. People prefer going to a theatre rather than bursting crackers at home. -Karthi

People need to stop filming things at festivals. -Billie Lourd

Music is how I unwind. I love going to see bands or DJs at a festival or a dive bar. My taste is pretty diverse. -Daniel Ricciardo

I always wanted to play festivals more than anything in Scotland. -Lewis Capaldi

Doing a festival in Hong Kong was special, looking out and seeing this massive crowd and the city. -Lewis Capaldi

I am proud of the fact that we live in a country where all festivals are celebrated with the same energy. -Hina Khan

I am a Muslim, but my favourite festival is Holi, so that is how it is. -Hina Khan

Cannes is one of the biggest film festivals across the globe, and getting your film selected for a screening is quite a big achievement. -Shweta Tripathi

One thing we've always wanted to do is just do things our way, and we've always talked about having our own festival. -Shawn Crahan

One minute, you're dropping your teenage son off to a festival, and the next, you're changing a nappy, but I love the versatility and challenge of being a father. -Ant Middleton

We entered 'Lucid Grey' into the Georgetown festival on April 27, 2001. Now 'Sound of My Voice' is opening on April 27, 11 years later. It couldn't have happened in a more perfectly cinematic way. -Zal Batmanglij

Download was one of the best festivals I've ever been to. -Arnel Pineda

The Cannes Film Festival is the biggest, most prestigious film festival in the world. This is where filmmakers are discovered, where futures are made, and the most important films premiered. -Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Though all festivals are important, this Cannes Festival starts off the season. -Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Ganesh Chaturthi is very close to my heart. The festival brings with it joy, love, and happiness for everyone. -Shankar Mahadevan

We have harmonies, folk songs, and compositions attached to each occasion – ranging from birth, harvest, to our festivals. Our country thrives on culture, music, and arts. Musically, ours is a very rich country. -Shankar Mahadevan

Music festivals are coming up everywhere in India, and that is the only way to go ahead. People are exposed to a wide variety of music, and the experience of being at a music festival itself is unique. It is an experience unlike any other. -Shankar Mahadevan

I did a tour down South someplace, and it was an all-day festival, and there were about 2,000 people. It was pouring down rain, and I went to grab the mic, and I got electrocuted. I felt the electricity flow through my body. -Charles Bradley

I can headline a festival and then literally, 10 minutes later, be walking around, and nobody notices. -Passenger

I'm that girl – I've never been camping; I don't even go to festivals because I hate the cold and the rain. If it starts to rain, I'm the first one on the training field to go in and get a hat! -Alex Scott

I can't play the guitar, so the thoughts of playing one onstage at a festival makes me quiver, but I've been blabbering away in front of people since I was a child, so talking for a living isn't the most daunting thing to do. -Aisling Bea

When you think about a festival from a comedian's perspective, it has to do with who else does it – that's number one. The second consideration – and this is kind of crazy – is: 'What's the food like? What is the town like? Is it walkable? Is it easy to get around?' -Pete Holmes

A lot of festivals on a worldwide basis that I am seeing, they're trying to multi-genre it. Like, they put a wild card band on, like, us old guys that happen to have a record that has stayed in pop culture for as long as it has. -Steve Lukather

In 1972, I climbed out of my bedroom window and ran away from home with my older sister and her friends to go to the infamous Sunbury rock festival. -Jimmy Barnes

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