Memorial Day Weekend. MAY 24, 25, 26 2024 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
Executive Director, Crystal Field, with
The LES Committee, Presents:

The 29TH Annual LOWER EAST SIDE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

FREE!!!

Memorial Day Weekend. MAY 24, 25, 26 2024 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue. (btw E 9th and E 10th Street)
New York, NY 10003
212-254-1109

Theater for the New City has currently scheduled over 200 performing arts organizations, independent artists, poets, puppeteers and film makers for its 29th annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts.

Admission is free but donations will be gratefully accepted.

Indoor performances will take stage from 6:00 PM to midnight each day, utilizing two of TNC’s four theaters. From 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Saturday, vendors and food sellers, including booths from nearby restaurants, will set up in the closed-off block of East Tenth Street between First and Second Avenues.

ARTISTS IN THE LES FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS EXHIBIT – CHECK OUT THE GALLERY GUIDE HERE: DEMOCRACY: USE IT OR LOSE IT

FULL SCHEDULE RELEASED FOR
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY’S
LOWER EAST SIDE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
MAY 24 TO 26

Theater for the New City has posted the full schedule of performing arts organizations, independent artists, poets, puppeteers and film makers appearing in its 29th annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, which will be mounted May 24 to 26 in and around Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (at E. 10th Street). Admission is free but donations will be gratefully accepted.

A cohort of theater, dance, performance, music, film, literary and visual artists are participating on all three days. An afternoon of performances for and by kids will be presented Saturday afternoon. A fine art show will be hanging throughout the fest in the theater’s lobby gallery. A film program will be presented Saturday from 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM, featuring works by auteurs from the Lower East Side/East Village along with works that reflect the essence of the neighborhood.

Friday, May 24th
6pm – Midnight

Performers and Performances
in the Johnson Theater and the Cabaret Theater

Saturday, May 25th
12pm – 5pm
Cultural Festival on East 10th Street between 1st & 2nd Aves.
Performers, Music, Vendors, Food and More!

2pm – 5pm
Youth Performance Program
In the Johnson Theater

1pm – 11pm
Film Program
in the Cabaret Theater

6pm – Midnight
Performers and Performances
in the Johnson Theater

Sunday, May 26th
4pm – 7pm
Poetry Slam with Prose on the Side
in the Community Space Theater

6pm – Midnight
Performers and Performances
in the Johnson Theater and the Cabaret Theater

VISUAL ART ON DISPLAY IN THE LOBBY
ALL WEEKEND

All Events are FREE!

Click here for a full schedule of
performers and performances

 

BACKGROUND

The first festival, presented June 14 to 16, 1996, was a three-day, indoor and outdoor multi-arts festival, organized by TNC and a coalition of civic, cultural and business leaders. The aim was to demonstrate the creative explosion of the Lower East Side and the area’s importance to culture and tourism for New York City. It employed two theater spaces at TNC plus the block of East Tenth Street between First and Second Avenues, featured over 100 attractions, drew favorable press and attracted crowds from all around the City. Its success prompted TNC to continue the festival annually on Memorial Day Weekend. For 28 years it has been presented free each year to an average attendance of 4,000. (In 2020 it was held online due to pandemic concerns).

The concept of the festival was developed by Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director of TNC and Esther Cartegena (d. 2006), President of Loisaida, Inc., to portray the Lower East Side (LES) as a haven for artists and artistic creation. The region is a unique multi-ethnic community with an unusually high level of artistic vitality. Large populations with differing languages and cultures coexist there successfully and a large artistic population helps glue the neighborhood together. Its theaters are also an unprecedented source of tourism. Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Buried Child,” was commissioned and first produced by TNC. The committee envisioned an event that would demonstrate the region’s cultural fervor, its large artistic population and its multiplicity of ethnic influences to contradict the neighborhood’s stereotype as a dangerous refuge for drug dealers and criminal activity.

Disciplines presented have always included theater, music, dance, poetry, puppetry, cabaret, visual art, film and children’s programming.

 

SPECIAL CREDITS

Festival Director is Crystal Field. Assistant Directors are Sammy Ferber, Sarah Iles and Dianne Ramirez.

The LES Committee for 2024 is: Crystal Field, JC Augustin, Joe John Battista, Alex Bartenieff, Walter Corwin, Eva Dorrepaal, Myrna Duarte, Carol Dudgeon, Alberto Ferraras, Andrea Fulton, Robert Gonzales Jr., Melanie Goodreaux, Robert Greer, Philip Hackett, Alan Hanna, Barbara Kahn, Anne Lucas, Lissa Moira, Stephan Morrow, Emily Pezzella, Richard Ploetz, Michael Scott Price, Carolyn Ratcliffe, Ramiro Sandoval, Jonathan Slaff, David F. Slone Esq., Mary Tierney, Jenne Vath, Jimmy Walker, Jonathan Weber, John David West, Richard West, Roman Primitivo, Miguel Loyola and Lewis Widoff.  Press Representative is Jonathan Slaff.

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