From September 8–18, 2016, PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival will activate Portland, Oregon, with contemporary art projects that bring artists and audiences together, creating a vibrant community through live performances, music, film screenings, workshops, talks, and visual art installations—activating the city with the art of our time.

TBA is resolutely interdisciplinary, and champions those artists who are challenging forms and working across mediums, from dance to performance to visual art. The 14th edition of TBA features artists from near and far that urgently reflect our current cultural moment. Global in scope, TBA exposes artists from regions not normally presented in the US, with projects hailing from Lebanon, Bulgaria, South Korea, France, Germany, and beyond.

TBA passes offer the freedom to enjoy all that the Festival has to offer with ease, while providing considerable savings. Advance pass purchase is recommended, as quantities are limited. For questions or more information, call the TBA Box Office at 503-224-PICA (7422).


$48 Member/$60 General: All access to THE WORKS late-night shows, plus discounts on individual performance tickets.

Enthusiast Pass

$120 Member/$150 General: Includes tickets to six mainstage performances of your choice (excluding Blind Cinema), plus full access to exhibits, Institute programs, and THE WORKS.

Immersion Pass

$200 Member/$250 General: Priority admission to all performances, Festival Concierge service, and unlimited access to exhibits, Institute programs, and THE WORKS. Reservations may be required for some performances

Patron Pass

$500 ($250 Tax Deductible): Priority admission to all performances, Festival Concierge service, and unlimited access to exhibits, Institute programs, and THE WORKS. Reservations may be required for some performances

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Become a PICA member to receive generous discounts on all passes and tickets.


Out-of-town TBA Festival attendees receive generous discounts on TBA Passes simply by showing out-of-state ID or an international passport. Contact the PICA Box Office at 503.242.1419 or 503.224.PICA (7422) in June to reserve your pass.


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Travel Partners

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Where is the TBA Box Office?

TBA Central Box Office: 503-224-PICA (7422)

Can I share my Festival Pass?

Passes are non-transferable. Your name will be written on your pass and you will be required to show ID with your pass upon entering each venue.

What if I am late to the show?

As a general rule, there is no late seating. All shows will start promptly as listed. You must check in no later than 15 minutes before curtain to ensure seating, even if you have a pass or a pre-purchased individual ticket. At 15 minutes prior to curtain, any unclaimed seats reserved for pass holders will be opened up for individual ticket sales.

What if I forget my pass?

You will have to purchase a single ticket at the door.

What if I lose my pass?

Contact PICA immediately and we will assist you in re-issuing your pass.

How do I find each venue?

Please see each individual event listing for a link to Google Maps. A printable pdf of the TBA:15 Venue List and Map will also be made available for download.

Can I bring my family? What shows are appropriate for children?

PICA supports artists’ freedom of speech and audiences’ right to choose what to see and hear. Due to the nature of live performance, we cannot pre-screen all works for content. Young people are welcome at all shows that are not 21+ only, at their parents’ discretion. If you have specific concerns or questions, our box office staff can offer suggestions on shows.

If I buy a ticket, does my child get in for free?

Sure, if they can sit on your lap. Otherwise you will need to purchase an additional ticket. Additionally, while we welcome children and babies, please note that if there is any disturbance to the live performance, we may have to ask you to please wait in the lobby.

Can I bring my college, school, or youth group to TBA?

Of course! But please note that some performances are not appropriate for young audiences; most performances and exhibitions are suitable for high school students or older. For discounted group tickets to performances, please contact Roya Amirsoleymani, PICA’s Community Engagement Manager, at 503.242.1419 x18 or [email protected].

How can I learn more about the PICA visual art program?

To schedule a free visual art tour with our curatorial staff, please contact Rozalyn Crews, PICA’s Curatorial Assistant, at [email protected].

Is there a lost and found?

Lost and found items from all venues will be collected and brought to the TBA Central Box Office. Please call 503-224-PICA to inquire about your item.

Are venues accessible?

All venues are wheelchair-accessible. If you have special needs or accessibility concerns, please see our Front of House Manager at the venue.



For previous TBA festivals, click here.