Governors Island

The River To River Festival is Lower Manhattan’s largest free summer arts festival featuring music, film, dance, theater, art and participatory experiences in more than 25 indoor and outdoor locations in downtown New York—from Chambers Street down to Battery Park and across the island from the Hudson River to the East River, including Governor’s Island. Events take place June 15—July 14.

This year marks the festival’s 12th anniversary and the brand new element of a curated series by a celebrated downtown artist. The composer/musician/performance artist Laurie Anderson has not only curated a series, but will perform June 18 and 19 in Rockefeller Park with guest musicians Gerry Leonard, Doug Wieselman, Eyvind Kang, plus playwright Young Jean Lee and actor Steve Buscemi. Her selection of multimedia events for the festival play with the concept of time. See the NYC-ARTS Laurie Anderson interview.

The River to River Festival is presented by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, which celebrates its own 40th anniversary this year. WNET/Thirteen, the parent company of NYC-ARTS, is a media sponsor of the River To River Festival.

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River To River: This Great Country by 600 Highwaymen

A theatrical re-spin of Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Death of a Salesman." In a vacant space, 17 individuals come together ...

River To River: Barack by Souleymane Badolo

In Gurunsi, choreographer Souleymane Badolo’s native language, “Barack” means greeting. Badolo, from Burkina Faso, conceived of this dance as an ...

River To River: Phloq

Visit St. Cornelius Chapel on Governor's Island to experience WaveForm, a month-long installation of Suzanne Thorpe’s "Phloq," a multichannel work ...

River to River: Caraballo-Farman’s The Signs Of Paradise

Within eye-shot of the Statue of Liberty, this installation points the way to 50 towns named Paradise in the United ...

River To River: Fluid: Construct

Artists David Baskin, Jason Head, Wyatt Nash and Emily Sartor explore the water's role in the political and cultural dialogue ...

River To River: LoVid U R QR

Taking place amid the historic 19th-century buildings at South Street Seaport's Cannon walk is a very modern, family-friendly event. "U ...

River To River: Rehearsal with Andrew Ondrejcak

Writer, director, designer Andrew Ondrejcak invites you to view an open rehearsal of his new adaptation of influential Swedish playwright ...

River To River: LMCC Open Studios

Visit LMCC’s studios on Governors Island, view works-in-progress and meet LMCC artists-in-residence.