University of California, Bldg. 402
Santa Barbara, CA

Founded in 1959, UCSB Arts & Lectures is the largest and most influential arts and lectures organization between Los Angeles and San Francisco. This nationally recognized, award-winning program brings exceptional cultural and artistic experiences to Santa Barbara with lively and varied programming featuring world-class performing artists and big thinkers.

A&L annually presents more than a hundred events, ranging from concerts, dance and theater performances to talks by groundbreaking authors, comedy shows and film series at UC Santa Barbara and area venues. Past A&L luminaries have included cellist Yo-Yo Ma, author/historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, graphic novelist Neil Gaiman, filmmaker Ken Burns, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, poet Mary Oliver and many more.

With a mission to “educate, entertain and inspire,” Arts & Lectures also offers an exciting array of educational outreach programs for local students and the greater community. A&L hosts master classes, open rehearsals, lecture-demonstrations and classroom discussions with visiting artists and speakers at UCSB, as well as local elementary and high schools. From kindergarten through college, students have the opportunity to learn and be inspired by artists and intellectuals at the top of their fields.

As part of its outreach efforts, A&L participates in ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Barbara!, a unique collaboration between Arts & Lectures, the Marjorie Luke Theatre, Isla Vista Youth Projects, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts & Education Center. ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Barbara! presents the music, dance, theater and folklore of Latin America in free events for youths and families throughout Santa Barbara County, bringing exciting cultural experiences to neighborhood venues.

Visit A&L’s website and social media pages above to learn about who’s appearing this season!

UCSB Arts & Lectures

University of California, Bldg. 402
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5030

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Special Events


So Percussion

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Hailed as an “experimental powerhouse” (Village Voice), Brooklyn-based So Percussion’s innovative work explores the…



Violinist Jennifer Koh

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Beloved violinist Jennifer Koh returns to perform part two of her acclaimed program Shared Madness. The ambitious project tells the story…


The Gloaming

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Evocative of the spare serenity of the Irish countryside, the music of The Gloaming is both deeply familiar and consistently surprising.…



Anoushka Shankar

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A singular figure in the Indian classical and progressive world music scenes, sitar player Anoushka Shankar’s outstanding…




Yo-Yo Ma

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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will discuss the role of culture in creating a strong society, drawing on examples from his own life as a musician and…




David Sedaris

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With his sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris is one of America’s most celebrated humor writers. A master of…


David Sedaris

Time: Location: UCSB Arts & Lectures

With his sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris is one of America’s most celebrated humor writers. A master of…





Neil Gaiman

Time: Location: UCSB Arts & Lectures

One of the greatest living storytellers, Neil Gaiman is the celebrated author of books, graphic novels, short stories and nonfiction for…