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Lincoln Center's second annual Summer for the City, running June 14 to August 12, features hundreds of free events and thousands of artists in celebration of the vibrant cultural communities of NYC. Lincoln Center’s city-wide festivities feature llong-standing traditions of social dance and classical music, and new events like a mass wedding at Lincoln Center for participating couples, and a ‘second line’ processional, emulating New Orleans jazz musicians and how they memorialize lives lost.
The festival is a collaboration with a multitude of artists and thinkers across the city. Festivities begin with 8 y Más featuring Lucrecia performing at Josie Robertson Plaza, with salsa dance instruction for visitors. Summer for the City has everything from a celebration of Korean cultural traditions during Korean Arts Week, the New York City premiere of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower, a week-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop, to the return of the BAAND Together Dance Festival, globalFEST, and Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra concerts. Whether it’s having a lunch break at any of our outdoor dining options, taking selfies with the installation of 200 flamingoes, or staying late for a silent disco.
Artist Clint Ramos collaborates with Lincoln Center, putting illustrations and art on their campus all summer long. Our spaces include The Garden, Hearst Plaza, The Underground at Jaffe Drive, The Reading Room, and The Dance Floor at Josie Robertson Plaza, the centerpiece of the festival and the city’s largest outdoor dance floor with a, now iconic, mega disco ball for social dance nights, silent discos, and more.
To learn more, go to: https://www.lincolncenter.org/series/summer-for-the-city/
Lincoln Center’s Summer for the CityJune 14 - August 12, 2023
Various Venues in NYC
The hot sun is shining and cool tunes are coming to New Jersey. The Jersey City Jazz Festival is back for its 10th anniversary slate of performances from June 1 - 4, 2023 throughout Jersey City. The festival will kick off with JC Jazz Nights at various venues throughout the city, leading up to a two-day free outdoor festival on Saturday (6/3) and Sunday (6/4) at the newly renovated Exchange Place Plaza.
Performances include Bill Frisell Trio (6/3), Stephane Wrembel’s Django A GoGo (6/4), and Walter Parks & The Unlawful Assembly (6/2). Latin Jazz impresario Sonido Solar perform with special guest Eddie Palmieri (6/3), trombonist Doug Beavers Luna performs on June 4th. Other events include dance classes, two post-festival events at the Hyatt House situated right at the festival - a jam session run by guitarist Charlie Sigler and a rooftop performance from Martin Kelley Affinity. Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band joins the show as well as the Miki Yamanaka Trio and many more.
“This year’s festival is so exciting for many reasons”, says Riverview Jazz director Bryan Beninghove. “We are at a new permanent location, which is unbelievable - the views, the transportation, the amenities - just awesome. We’re going to feature four days of unique high quality performances, a lot for free and some ticketed events that can help support our music community. This is the first time since the pandemic that we have been able to match the scope of the festival as it was pre-Covid. A perfect way to celebrate 10 years!”
To learn more, go to: http://www.jerseycityjazzfestival.com/
Jersey City Jazz FestivalJune 1 - 4, 2023
Various Venues in New Jersey
CraicFest 25February 24 & March 2-4Various Locations
While working as a doorman at Club Macanudo in 1999, native Irish New Yorker Terence Mulligan met famed director Jim Sheridan. As a result, Mulligan founded the CraicFest (then Film Fleadh), but it was Sheridan who helped shape the cultural identity of the festival over the past 25 years. And Sheridan still serves on the board along with Liam Neeson, Denis Leary and Aidan Quinn.
Mulligan commented, “The impetus of the festival was at the Galway Film Fleadh in 1999 over a pint with Jim. He was the one who suggested that we focus on the New Irish Cinema and Irish New Yorkers would embrace a festival like this every March. Jim also opened the door to our first sponsor, The Fitzpatrick Hotel, which has been with us since 1999. After 25 years, we're still pushing the envelope.”
In 2004, Film Fleadh expanded with a Music Series transforming it into the Craicfest. The scope of the festival changed and the audience doubled as well. With the new name, the festival encompassing the best of Irish Cinema and music, prompted the New York Daily News to proclaim it, “The Premier Irish film festival in North America.”
It has now screened hundreds of films and has had numerous stars in attendance. More importantly, it has served as a launching pad for many filmmakers from the Emerald Island such as Dubliner Robbie Walsh. In 2010 it expanded to include a Kids Fleadh. In 2011, it embraced the LGBTQ community to showcase Irish Gay and Lesbian filmmakers as well. Now, every spring in NYC — in conjunction with such community haunts as the Irish Arts Center & Scandanavia House — it includes screenings at several locations.
On Friday Feb. 24th, kicking off this year’s fest, is a concert of an all-star lineup of Irish and Irish American performers who will appear at Rockwood Music Hall. Comedian Siobhan Fallon Hogan (SNL, Seinfeld, Men in Black), musician Brendan O’Shea and local comedians Craig Geraghty and Katie Boyle are scheduled with more special guests planned.
On March 2nd, the Craic Film Festival component will feature the NY premiere of “The Ghost of Richard Harris.” Sheridan and Oscar nominated director and acclaimed actor Jared Harris (son of Richard) will host the screening with a Q&A to follow. Director Adrian Sibley will also be in attendance. On Friday March 3rd the Craic Fest Gala will host the NY premiere of Shelter in Solitude — written by Siobhan Fallon Hogan and starring Robert Patrick (“Terminator 2,” “Yellowstone 123”), Peter Macon (“Orville”) and Fallon Hogan. Hogan and the cast will conduct a Q&A after the screening.
For students and young children, the Kids Fleadh will feature the best of Irish Shorts and Irish step dancing on Saturday March 4th. We will have the NY premiere of “Lakelands,” directed and written by Robbie Higgins and Patrick McGivney. A Best of Shorts program by local Irish filmmakers from the last 25 years is scheduled at 5 pm March 4th. The Closing night movie, Saturday March 4th, is "Americonned" by local Irish filmmaker Sean Claffey who will be present for a Q&A. The After party is at BAR 13.,
In order to better appreciate the fest, Mulligan answered a few questions about its evolution and where it's at today.
Q: Describe the origins of the fest and how it evolved.
TM: Craicfest started as the Film Fleadh which was purely a film festival but the idea always was to do it with both Irish film and music. We knew we needed to start small and build it up over the first few years. We expanded after those initial years to include music so it was then repositioned as CraicFest. We had a few industry people help us out in 1999 such as Bingham Ray, TC Rice and Eamonn Bowles who helped us organize and shape a film festival program during those early years. There had never been an Irish music and film festival of this magnitude in NYC. In 1999 we were in the right place at the right time. Also, rebranding the logo and festival a few years ago was one of the best moves for us as it gives the festival a modern look.
Q: As it evolved it expanded to include music and several venues. Explain how that happened?
TM: Now, it’s evolved beyond our expectations. The expansion to music was the best thing to happen to the film fest as it brought more awareness to the film part of CraicFest and expanded our audience as well. CraicFest has always changed with the times but the program of music and film will always be about the storytelling and the Craic (having a “good time” at the festival). Also, we’ve worked at building partnerships over the years with the Irish Arts Center, NY Irish Centre and NYU Glucksman Ireland house — to name a few. We now have a Kids Fleadh program which is always on the closing day of Saturday during CraicFest. It’s a fun program for kids and families that has grown over the years. Families from all over the city come to this program. This year we are reaching out to schools to get more kids to come to the Kids Fleadh program.
Q: What do you consider as the benchmarks you’ve established over its 25 years?
TM: Well, you never forget your first night. Our first night we jumped the shark with The McCourts of New York premier and HBO got behind it with a swanky pre-reception. The second night was just as important as I knew we needed back-to-back nights. We had the Aidan Quinn film; “This is My Father." Aidan is an honorary board member. He called Sony Pictures and he told me they wanted to meet with me. I sat with CEO Michael Barker and he said, “Why am I giving this film to you because this festival has never been done?” I basically told the CEO what he wanted to hear — "Aidan is an Irish star and we are going to get great word of mouth on this film with every Irish bartender in New York City.” I got them to take out an ad for the film too LOL. You should’ve seen the look on the CEO when I said, "You’re going to take an ad right?"
There are so many moments over 25 years that were memorable but the Damien Dempsey show years ago when he had the flu and almost didn’t go on was really unforgettable. After that show, CraicFest was on another level where agents were coming to us. Also Kneecap and Rubberbandits were epic shows that tapped into a younger audience in NYC.
Running into Colin Farrell at a Sundance party we had a chat about him coming to In Bruges premiere at CraicFest. He gave me his word that if he was in town he would come by and do Q&A. And he did. He’s a gent, a class act. That elevated the stature of the film fest from that moment on. The rest is just the Craic!
Spanning three nights of genre-bending tunes and “freak-folk-jazz”, Uncivilisation Fest XXXI comes to Brooklyn. With events and performances on September 7, 9 and 10, featuring the music collective Uncivilized, the festival contemplates the role of civilization post-climate change, while also being a counter-culture response to the chaos of society to create “post-postmodern sonic environmentalism”. The result is a truly unique sound from the 9 piece collective, plus vegan food from bandleader UncivilizedTom's Café Uncivilized.
The finale of the festival, held at Record Shop (360 Van Brunt St), includes DJ DePasquale, readings by Sam Newsome and Shanyse Strickland, along with a finale performance by Uncivilized.
To learn more, go to: http://www.uncivilisationfestival.com/
Uncivilisation Fest XXXISeptember 7, 9, & 10, 2021
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