Lecture, live music and arts at the annual Barbri Live, the world’s biggest free live arts festival, will be broadcast live on the ABC’s Barb, on Friday, July 25, at 7:00pm local time (8:00am AEST).

The Barb is a joint event between the ABC and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, with the programme also available on the BBC.

It is the third Barbri Lecture broadcast in New York and the first in the United States.

It has been the only live event on the US television network since 2009.

The programme will feature the work of more than 150 New York-based artists, musicians and writers.

This year, more than 200 artists will be honoured, with music, dance and theatre from the musicals The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the film and TV adaptation of the novel The Hobbit.

Tickets for the Barbri live concerts will be available for purchase from Saturday night (local time) at 11:59pm.

BarbriLive is produced by the New Zealand Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC and the BBC’s New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation (NZBC) and is sponsored by Barb Bara, the Barabri Restaurant Association and BarbBara New Zealand.

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