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The Traveling Bohemians



Arts and Performance Events
at our home,
The Bohemian Art Loft,
A Venue for Original Artistic Expression

After 23 years we have decided to reconfigure our
monthly music and spoken word open mics...  in the meantime....


Check out our forthcoming performance events
:

 
5/3/18
Concert with Laurel Thomsen and Dan Frechette
$15
5/18/18
Linsey Aitken and Ken Campbell in Concert
$15
7/29/18
World Renowned Paraguayan Haper, Nicolas Carter
$15
8/18/18
Redding Jazz Guitar Duo, Al Mires & Typer Mansfield
$15


The Traveling Bohemians!

Began as an autonomous eclectic collective of predominantly local artists in 1995.   Our purpose was and is to sustain and encourage the opportunity for alternative / experimental artistic expression.  We continue to support local performers, writers, and artists by providing a venue for presentation of their work.   We have always felt that complete freedom of expression is essential to artistic creation and our venues and productions have always been and shall always remain entirely free of censorship.

The Bohemian Art Loft became our permanent home after 15 years of often prolonged residencies at various coffee shops and other local establishments, most recently prior to settling down, The Shasta County Arts Council of which we were an auxilliarly.  We continue to host local and traveling artists, musicians, and writers as we have expanded into the adjoining suite to allow our Center for Meditative and Healing Arts to grow to its full potential.  We will list our live performance events here, but please visit the Loft's page for information about exhibits, offerings, bookings, etc.

The Participating Artists have been professionals, amateurs, and advanced students. Most of our poets and writers have been published locally and/or nationally, including poetry award recipients. Artists have showcased their talents and some are winners of juried exhibitions. Musicians, songwriters, and dancers have widely performed locally as well as around the country, and most have recorded CDs and/or videos. Many of our members also teach. Visiting performing artists often join in our events.

Artistic director, founder, and producer, Nadia Hava-Robbins, MA, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, is a storyteller, puppeteer, published poet, exhibiting artist, and a life-long dancer.  She has presented performances of dance, music, poetry, and storytelling in major cities and festivals across the USA and Canada, directed numerous plays, and appeared in a documentary film produced by the National Film Board of Canada. 

Technical director, Peter S. Robbins, is a lighting, sound reinforcement, and recoding engineer, videographer, and photographer, providing technical services to the theater groups, Redding's Earth Day Festival, Dave Short's Jazz at Old City Hall, and to local and visiting musicians and performers at the Loft and outside venues as well.



About Our Names
Bohemia is the Latin name for the Czech region of the former Czechoslovakia. During the Czech national revival in the 1700's the artists, musicians, writers, composers, and artisans who flourished in this region became known as "the Bohemians", and thus the terms "artist" and "bohemian" became  synonymous.

The Traveling Bohemians refers to all of our performance activities both at home and in other venues and locations.

The Bohemian Art Loft is our permanent home at 3304B Bechelli Lane in Redding, CA

The Traveling Bohemians!

Create and Perform unique programs, intertwining and often uniting dance, poetry, story-telling, art, and music, presenting audiences with an inventive, cohesive, and colorful collage for the senses.

• Welcome Artists & Performers to exhibit and perform at our home,


• Present School Programs and Private Events of Storytelling, Puppetry & Marionettes, Dance, and Cultural Diversity.

• Produce Shows & Festivals:
Multi-disciplinary, Multicultural Dance Festivals, Storytelling Festivals, Single Artist Performances at our home and at other major venues.

• Provide Technical Support including sound reinforcement, location recording, lighting, promotional assistance to local and visiting musicians, songwriters, and a variety of performances, festivals, and community presentations.

• Support and Encourage local artists of all disciplines to join the group for performances and/or publications and exhibits.

What people say about The Traveling Bohemians and The Loft:

"I just want to tell you how magnificent it was to attend your performance and to have this in our community. Thank you!"

"I have attended the Traveling Bohemians' productions, and I just wanted to laud you all for bringing a touch of real culture and entertainment to Shasta County... Please continue this venture."

"As a director and performer, Nadia is experimenting, doing something different, risky, controversial, refreshing, and I think wonderful..."

"Thank you for bringing incredible talent, artistic excellence, and passion to this community. We thoroughly enjoyed the eve. We laughed and discussed and thought about it several more times over the weekend."

"Nadia... brought tears to my eyes. You embodied the human positive live force itself... it was overwhelmingly and simultaneously beautiful and tragic for me... Thank you."

"Thank you again for participating in our Children's Entertainment Summer program... We received wonderful feedback from both the children and their parents... Thank you for taking the time to interact with the children and show them how the puppets worked... Thank you!"


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