Arts and culture have always held an important place in the heart of New York City, and this focus on the arts is only increasing as the years go on. For those of you heading to the Big Apple this summer, here are a few of the arts festivals and dance events that you may be lucky enough to catch.
The Meadows Music and Arts Festival
The Meadows Music and Arts Festival is held in Queens each year in September, meaning that while the weather will still be warm, it will not be uncomfortably hot. The music lineup for the festival is always filled with big names, and this year is no exception, with artists such as Jay Z, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, the Gorillaz and Foster the People on the schedule. In addition to the music, the festival also showcases a number of artists, each one based in New York. Some of the artists in attendance this year include Dek, who is known for his vibrant street art, Minus, whose large-scale murals are instantly recognizable, and LOVENOTES, who creates emotional, female-inspired pieces.
Battery Dance Festival
Formerly known as the Downtown Dance Festival, the Battery Dance Festival is the longest-running free public dance festival in the city. The audience each year is wonderfully diverse, showing the true potential reach of the acts, with everyone from senior citizens to the working population in attendance. The festival is held in August each year, and features a wide range of dance acts, with everything from the Zeynep Tanbay Dance Project to the Buglisi Dance Theatre, all of which promise to educate and inspire at the same time.
Fall For Dance Festival
The Fall For Dance Festival is held in New York City at the end of summer in September, and features everything from world-renowned dance companies to up and coming artists. From the beautifully talented Hong Kong Ballet to the primal moves from Australia’s Bangarra Dance Theatre, this is a festival that showcases dances from all over the world.
Allentown Art Festival
The Allentown Art Festival is being held this year on the 10th and 11th of June, and takes place in the Allentown Historic Preservation District, in Buffalo, New York. The festival is always attended by tens of thousands of guests, all of whom have a strong interest in the arts. There will be around 400 exhibitors on-site this year, each of whom have had to go through a vigorous selection process, guaranteeing that all of the arts and crafts on display here are of the highest quality. This is a festival that has quite historic roots, with its first edition held in 1958, and the quaint charm of Allentown itself certainly highlights the history behind this festival.
The arts have long since been an important part of New York City, and while they can be experienced throughout the year, the very best festivals are always held during the summer months. From the international dance acts at the Fall for Dance Festival to the daring street artists at the Meadows Music and Arts Festival, these are events that enthusiasts of the arts will definitely not want to miss.