Summerlong Festival Brings Dances, Opera And Pride To NYC Streets
Arias in the open air, dances in the streets and whole lotta Pride are coming New York City’s way this summer.
Matt Troutman,Patch Staff
Posted Wed, Mar 23, 2022 at 2:53 pm ET|Updated Wed, Mar 23, 2022 at 3:08 pm ETReplies (6)
NEW YORK CITY — Cultural events went dormant in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic’s depths — and a new summerlong celebration aims to jumpstart their comeback.
The “Festival of New York” will launch Memorial Day and bring dance, music, fitness and other events across the city through Labor Day, organizers announced Wednesday.
Billed as an “unprecedented collaboration,” the festival consists of 200-plus organizations — and growing — that will throw performances, art installations, family fairs, cultural experiences and more to “honor, grow, rejoice and give back together,” organizers said.
“Time and again, New York has shown that our grit and resilience is unmatched, and our culture and diversity make this the greatest city in the world,” Mayor Eric Adams said in a statement. “And now, 200+ organizations, across all five boroughs, will collectively showcase all the creativity, the resiliency, the diversity, and the spirit that makes New York City all that it is.”https://player.vimeo.com/video/691138773?h=2d636ccc21
Festival events will include (as detailed in a release):
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- BAAND Together Dance Festival: Five dance companies will share the stage at Lincoln Center for outdoor performances over five evenings. The companies are — Ballet Hispánico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem.
- Citywide Dance Party: Thousands of New Yorkers on Aug. 6 will dance in the streets in what a release called “a moment of mass joy and celebration.” The party will be spearheaded by the New York Public Library in partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Public Library. Partners in all five boroughs will host dozens and dozens of outdoor dance parties.
- Expansive Pride Calendar: Free public events May through August will honor the lives andcontributions of Black Queer civil rights giants such as Pauli Murray, Sylvia Rivera, and Marsha P. Johnson. In addition, STARR, the country’s oldest Trans civil rights group, invites everyone to expand their Pride programming, which will be in collaboration with Claim Our Space Now, National Queer Theater, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Make Music New York, among other organizations.
- France Rocks Summer Fest: Billed as “the largest festival of Francophone music in the U.S.,” France Rocks Summer Fest will highlight music from French-speaking countries in more than 30 concerts across 25 venues. A high-profile lineup of diverse artists will hold concerts showcasing electronic, jazz, world music and pop/rock artists. This is the fifth edition for the event, which will culminate with La Fête de la Musique 40th Anniversary at Central Park Summerstage in partnership with French Institute Alliance Française NY, Make Music New York, among other organizations.
- Giulietta e Romeo: Battery Park City Authority in collaboration with Teatro Grattacielo will present a full production of “Giulietta e Romeo” for its 100th anniversary. Composed by Riccardo Zandonai, the three-act opera is full of love, passion, and tragedy — “epitomized to their most pure and intimate essences,” a release states. Teatro Grattacielo will create a site-specific work for the open-air riverside setting of Wagner Park, within Battery Park City, that will be free and open to the public on June 4 and 5. The Parsons School of Design, New York Institute of Technology and Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School are among the partners.
- Grooving Under the Apollo Marquee: DJs will spin sets under the Apollo Theater’s marquee on 125th Street in Harlem. “This fun dance party will get New Yorkers and visitors alike moving and grooving through a musical journey of Motown, Soul, Hip-Hop, Afrobeat, Latin Music and more,” a release states.
- Poster House Block Party: A block party in the Flatiron District will celebrate the art and cultural impact of the poster through performances, activities, and activations by local community groups and arts institutions, a release states. The day-long event will be sponsored by Poster House, the first and only poster museum in the United States.
- Small Business Weekends: A spate of special events and offers will focus on small businesses in each borough. One example will be Black Girl Magic Weekend, an event along Tompkins Avenue in Brooklyn that’s home to 14 small businesses owned by Black women. The event will be organized by Tompkins Avenue Merchants Association and Bridge Street Development Corporation, in collaboration with Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.
- Discover Parks and Open Spaces Across the Five Boroughs: The city’s 30,000 acres of parks and open spaces will be highlighted by parks organizations across the boroughs. Outdoor events, performances, and educational programs are planned, along with opportunities for New Yorkers to give back by getting involved in their local park’s care. Participants include: Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Battery Park City Authority, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, Central Park Conservancy, Hudson River Park Friends, New York Botanical Garden, Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center, NYC Parks, Prospect Park Alliance, Randall’s Island Park Alliance, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden and Wave Hill.
- New Victory Dance: The New Victory Theater will present its dance program’s ninth season. An institution that offers free summertime dance and dance education for kids through day camps, schools and youth programs, New Victory Dance throws contemporary dance performances from across the five boroughs curated for kids 8 and older. Tickets priced at $10 will be available to the public for evening performances in July.
- This Is NY: Celebrating Our Immigrant Heritage and Communities: A cavalcade of cultural institutions across the boroughs plan food events, photo exhibits, oral history exhibits, documentary film and theatrical debuts, panel discussions, concerts, digital content and other cultural programming. All will highlight and celebrate the city’s immigrant history and run from June 11 to 21. The Queens Night Market spearheaded the program with partners that include Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Tenement Museum, New York Public Library, Rockefeller Center, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), Make Music New York, NY Forever, among others.
- We Love New York by New York Liberty: The New York Liberty will host a variety of events in and around the city through the WNBA’s season, in addition to their games at Barclays Center. Players will share why they love NYC in a social media campaign connected to the Festival Of New York.
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