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As we get ready to honor Sheila Nevins, documentary film producer and President of HBO Documentary Films for Home Box Office, with our 4th Annual Visionary Leadership Award, our first awardee, Zainab Salbi shares her thoughts on what makes a visionary leader.

As we get ready to honor Sheila Nevins, documentary film producer and President of HBO Documentary Films for Home Box Office, with our 4th Annual Visionary Leadership Award, last years winner, Charlayne Hunter-Gault shares her thoughts on what makes a visionary leader.

A classical Indian dancer whose artistic curiosity has spanned contemporary and traditional forms, Shantala Shivalingappa is widely acclaimed for her vivid, brilliantly musical performances. Shivalingappa specializes in the traditional South Indian dance form of Kuchipudi and she has also made an imprint working with Western artists such as Pina Bausch and Peter Brook.

The Festival is proud to present the U.S. premiere of Shivalingappa’s new Kuchipudi solo "Akasha," which explores her wide-ranging traditions and contemporary influences. The piece is performed to live music with four Indian musicians.

Ideas have enormous power. They inspire, they provoke, they delight.

The thinkers, scholars, adventurers, and artists gathered at this year’s Festival are people with ideas to share. Some have taken great risks with their ideas. Others have connected dozens of ideas into a greater whole. Others ask questions with their ideas: who are we, and who do we want to be?

What do these ideas mean to you? What delights will you find in these experiences and adventures? What ideas will they inspire—provoke—in you?

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