STATEN ISLAND, NY – The inaugural New York Festival, an unprecedented, summer-long attempt to bring together creativity, resilience, diversity and the spirit of collaboration in New York City, was heralded by a growing cast of nearly 200 organizations in the five boroughs.
“Time and time again, New York has shown that our courage and resilience are unmatched, and our culture and diversity make it the greatest city in the world,” said New York Mayor Eric Adams. “And now nearly 200 organizations, across all five boroughs, will collectively showcase all the creativity, resilience, diversity and spirit that makes New York City what it is. I am grateful to each of these organizations that help us recover, help us rebuild, and help us succeed together.
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, New York Festival will feature events and opportunities to “honor, grow, rejoice and give back together”. They will include performances, installations, family fairs, community service opportunities, participatory arts, cultural experiences and career fairs.
“Our arts and culture sector is at the heart of New York’s comeback story, and I’m thrilled to join these 200 partners from every sector and every corner of our city in celebrating what makes New York York the cultural capital of the world,” said Maria Torres-Springer, Deputy Mayor for Economic and Workforce Development. “This summer, I encourage all New Yorkers to participate in the festival through one of the many activations, performances, block parties and small business opportunities on offer. It’s a time to celebrate talent, music , history and communities that have shaped the character of New York City – and to work collectively to chart a stronger, more inclusive future for us all.
New York Festival events will include:
- BAAND Dance Together Festival: Returning for a second year and born of close collaboration during the pandemic era, five of the city’s most beloved companies will share the stage at Lincoln Center for outdoor performances for five evenings: Ballet Hispánico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet and Dance Theater of Harlem.
- Dance party throughout the city: On Saturday, August 6, the New York Public Library, in partnership with Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Public Library, will host dozens of outdoor dance parties.
- Expansive Pride Calendar: A series of free public events from May through August will honor the lives and invaluable contributions of black queer civil rights giants such as Pauli Murray, Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson.
- France Rocks Summer Festival: The largest francophone music festival in the United States, France Rocks Summer Fest will offer more than 30 concerts in 25 New York venues. This year’s fifth edition will culminate with the 40th anniversary of La Fête de la Musique at Central Park Summerstage, in partnership with French Institute Alliance Française NY and Make Music New York.
- Giulietta and Romeo: Battery Park City Authority, in collaboration with Teatro Grattacielo, presents a complete production of “Giulietta e Romeo” for its 100th anniversary. Composed by Riccardo Zandonai, the three-act opera is full of love, passion and tragedy. The event is free and open to the public.
- Grooving under the Apollo marquee: Performing under the iconic Apollo Theater marquee, DJs will spin their best sets to give 125th Street a taste of the multifaceted flavors of Harlem. This fun dance party will feature Motown, Soul, Hip-Hop, Afrobeat, Latin Music and more.
- house block party poster: A block party set in the heart of the Flatiron District will celebrate posters of artistic and cultural impact through performances, activities and activations by local community groups and arts institutions. The one-day event is sponsored by Poster House, the first and only poster museum in the United States.
- Small Business Weekends: A series of special offers will target small businesses in each borough.
- Discover the parks and green spaces of the five boroughs: Throughout the summer, park organizations across the city will host outdoor events, performances and educational programs, and invite attendees to give back by getting involved in caring for their local park.
- New Victory Dance: The new theater of victory will present the ninth season of her beloved dance program. Designed to provide free dance and dance lessons in the summer for children in New York City day camps, schools and youth programs, New Victory Dance features captivating contemporary dance performances from across the five boroughs, curated for children 8 years and older. $10 tickets will be made available to the public for evening performances in July.
- This is NY: Celebrating Our Heritage and Our Immigrant Communities: Cultural institutions in the five boroughs will host gastronomic events, photo exhibitions, oral history exhibitions, documentary films and theatrical debuts, panel discussions, concerts and digital content from June 11 to 21 that highlight and celebrate New York City’s history and notable immigrant communities. .
- We love New York by New York Liberty: Throughout the 2022 WNBA season, the New York Liberty will host a variety of events in and around New York City, as well as games at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. As part of the Festival of NY, Liberty players will share why they love New York in a social media campaign.
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