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One Million Celebrate Brazil Day NYC

Under a canopy of blue skies and humidity-free SprIng-like weather, nearly a million people crowded in an area between 5th Avenue to 7th Avenue east to west and from 47th Street to 42nd north to south to celebrate Brazil Independence Day in Manhattan.

Into its 25th year the annual Brazil Day Street Fair and outdoor concert took place in Manhattan on Sunday, September 6th, 2009.

Joining the event on the main stage was such esteemed Brazilian musicians as Carlinhos Brown, Elba Ramalho and Alicone. Tough music filled the air lots of great Brazilian and Latin American food filled the belly.

Of the many summer street fairs, this one--like the Bastille Day celebration--have food, drink, dance, costumes and music authentically tied to the event it is celebrating.

Electric Daisy Carnival returned for its 13th year with phenomenal turnout

Never underestimate the power and popularity of electronic dance music in America, or the reputation of a successful annual event. On Friday, June 26th and Saturday, June 27th, 2009, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum & Exposition Park, Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), returned for its 13th year with a truly phenomenal turnout. 

On Saturday, such world-renowned artists as Paul van Dyk, David Guetta, Benny Benassi, Groove Armada, Kaskade and James Zabiela performed to the largest audiences they ever had in America. A combination of stellar musical sets from these talents along with other top-tier electronic musicians from around the globe, spectacular art installments by Gerard Minakawa, Dan Das Mann, Patrick Shearn and Jason Krugman (all of whose works have also shown at Coachella and/or Burning Man) and an intensely surreal assortment of performers created a carnival for the eyes and ears unparalleled by any other music festival.

In its first year as a two-day event, Southern California’s leading electronic music festival drew over 135,000 attendees: 45,000 on Friday and a whopping 90,000 on Saturday. The latter figure ranks Electric Daisy Carnival as one of the largest single day attended music festivals in the U.S.

The event was marked by spectacular staging and production, with massive lighting displays throughout the Coliseum and beyond, plus non-stop firework displays each night and not to mention free carnival rides on the field in the stadium itself as well as throughout Exposition Park.  The Olympic Cauldron was also ignited several times throughout the festival, an honor reserved only during USC football games and other special occasions (i.e., when the Olympics are being held in another city).
Founded by Pasquale Rotella of Insomniac Events in 1996, Electric Daisy Carnival has become a staple of West Coast electronic music culture.  For the last 12 years, many major icons of the genre have performed at the event including Moby, Above & Beyond, Deep Dish, Hernan Cattaneo, Pendulum, Ferry Corsten, Junkie XL, Sandra Collins, Jurassic 5, Ozomatli, VHS or BETA, Armand Van Helden, Z-Trip, Rabbit In The Moon, BT and many more.  Over the years, there have been many unique venues in Southern California that have played host to EDC including the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach, Lake Dolores Waterpark in Barstow and Hansen Dam in Los Angeles. Insomniac Events have also brought the festival to other states including Colorado and Texas.  On Friday, August 14 the festival will travel to Puerto Rico.

The complete talent line up can be found at: 

Fall for Dance Festival

For 10 exhilarating days each year, the Fall for Dance Festival presents the passion, the energy and sheer joy that is dance, from New York City, across the country, and around the globe. The world-famous alongside the cutting-edge, treasured favorites surrounded by undiscovered gems will perform at NY City Center. Multiple companies appear in each performance, offering audiences a sampling of the best that dance has to offer – from contemporary to capoeira, ballet to modern , tap to tango!

Celebrating 100 Years of the Ballets Russes, This year festival offers a special focus on this famous company. Sergei Diaghilev set the European cultural scene ablaze with his creation of the Ballets Russes, a collaboration of the continent’s most talented musicians, designers and dancers who more than rejuvenated the performing arts of their time.

From 1909-1929, Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes served as a canvas for Europe’s brightest artists to display their works, nurturing choreographers like Michel Fokine, Vaslav Nijinsky, Bronislava Nijinska and George Balanchine as well as composers like Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Francis Poulenc. The Ballets Russes reclaimed the importance of the arts and forever changed the way people viewed dance.

To pay tribute to its extraordinary contribution to the arts, the 2009 Fall for Dance Festival includes eight companies presenting Ballets Russes classics or contemporary interpretations of its great works. New York City Center and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy & Lewis B. Cullman Center, will exhibit portions of Diaghilev's Theater of Marvels: The Ballets Russes and Its Aftermath at New York City Center during the Festival.

In addition, Fall for Dance’s annual DanceTalk series will provide attendees with the opportunity to hear from dance experts about creative collaborations during the Ballets Russes era and influences this seminal period in dance has had on today’s artists.

For each Fall for Dance performance is a live DJ and drinks to keep the party going before and after the show. A video feed from the stage lets you follow Festival performances as they happen. Plus, attend open dance lessons before select performances. Lounge FFD admission is free, and no reservations are required.

tickets $10 on sale from September 13, 2009 at 11am.

the Fall for Dance Festival
City Center Mainstage
Sep 22 - Oct 3, 2009


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