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CounterCurrent Festival


CounterCurrent is a free festival of performance, installation, and ideas. Presented by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, CounterCurrent includes audio and visual installations, live performances, talks, and participatory events by artists from around the world. From large-scale spectacle to intimate interaction, CounterCurrent projects represent the range of ways we view each other and the city around us. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts is part of the University of Houston Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts.
CounterCurrent20 Box Office is run through MATCH-Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston and events take place all over the city.


Events range from active participatory art to seated performances—be prepared for unique experiences! Check out #CounterCurrent20 to get a peek at how projects are made and how the festival is put together!


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All CounterCurrent events are FREE. Online reservations are available by clicking an event above. Reservations are first-come, first-served. During the festival, the box office is open daily at the MATCH, 3400 Main Street, Houston TX 77002.  We encourage you to build your own itinerary for the festival week and experience as many of our unique events as you can. If you need help planning your festival, please e-mail


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Walk-ups A small number of walk-up tickets are held for every CounterCurrent performance—yes, even the sold out ones! Tickets are first-come, first-served at the venue 30 minutes before each performance. We encourage you to try your luck at the door!

No-show & Late Seating Policies CounterCurrent events are offered free-of-charge but we rely on you to attend the events for which you have made reservations—or to let us know if you cannot make it. To cancel a reservation, contact the box office prior to show time so that others may take your spot. CounterCurrent venues will not guarantee entry after the start time of any performance. Please allow yourself enough time to park and check in at the door up to 30 minutes prior to show time. All reservations will be released five minutes prior to each event.

Parking Ticket confirmation emails will contain detailed parking information for each CounterCurrent event. Most venues have free or inexpensive nearby parking. Across from the MATCH is the Mid-Main Garage. At UH, arts event parking is available along Entrance 16 off Cullen Boulevard near Elgin Street.

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