The 2022 UCSC Festival of Monsters

Monsters and their hidden meanings are the focus of the UC Santa Cruz Festival of Monsters, a free weekend of scholarship, social events, and art. Scholarly presentations are framed by a film screening, theater events, a book reading, and a Monsters’ Masquerade Ball.

The Festival of Monsters is presented by the UCSC Center for Monster Studies and made possible through the support of the Arts Research Institute; the Department of Performance, Play & Design; Oakes College; Porter College; and the generosity of James Gunderson and Peter Coha.

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Free and open to the public.
Attend in person.
COVID-19 protocols required for events at UCSC; please review in advance.

Film Screening
Friday, May 20, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
UC Santa Cruz's Digital Arts Research (DARC), Rm. 108
Screening of Der Golem, the 1920 German silent film directed by Paul Wegener, with live accompaniment by an orchestra of UCSC students.

Scholarly Presentations & Readings
Saturday, May 21, 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
UC Santa Cruz's Digital Arts Research (DARC), Rm. 108
A full day of panel speakers, roundtable discussions, and readings.
See the full schedule of events here.

Masquerade Ball
Saturday, May 21, 8:00 p.m.
The Tannery World Arts and Dance Center, 1060 River St., Ste #110, Santa Cruz
RSVP required; click here to learn more and to submit the form..

Amduat: The 12 Hours of Ra
Sunday, May 22, 3:00 p.m.
UC Santa Cruz's Experimental Theater
Limited number of tickets available online only at

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Attendees are required to show the following documents prior to admission to Arts Division events at UC Santa Cruz.
UCSC students: present your green clearance badge at the door.
UCSC employees: show your symptom check clearance email at the door.
1. Complete the UCSC Symptom Check on the day of the event and show the clearance email at the door.
2. Show proof of vaccination -OR- negative PCR test completed within 72 hours (home tests/antigen tests are not accepted)
Please familiarize yourself with the full COVID-19 protocols here; we recommend you review this in advance.

For this event, all attendees must wear a face covering while inside the venue. (Note: the masking protocol for this event supersedes UCSC's April 10 policy change).

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Purchase a permit in advance or use ParkMobile.
The closest parking area is Lot #126.
See Transportation & Parking Services (TAPS) for visitor parking information, ParkMobile instructions, and a campus parking map.

Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 3:00pm

Digital Arts Research Center
453 Kerr Road, Santa Cruz, California 95064

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