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.
Visit St. Cornelius Chapel on Governor's Island to experience WaveForm, a month-long installation of Suzanne Thorpe’s "Phloq," a multichannel work composed to evoke a flock of birds preparing for flight.
A theatrical re-spin of Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Death of a Salesman." In a vacant space, 17 individuals come together to breathe new life into Miller’s epic portrait of self-worth amid shifting economics and fading dreams.
In Gurunsi, choreographer Souleymane Badolo’s native language, “Barack” means greeting. Badolo, from Burkina Faso, conceived of this dance as an offering to his adopted country—the U.S.—and the people who have helped him along the way.
Taking place amid the historic 19th-century buildings at South Street Seaport's Cannon walk is a very modern, family-friendly event. "U R QR" is an interactive project that unfolds in both public and digital spaces. Each participant has their face painted in a pattern corresponding to part of a composite QR code. When images of all faces are combined, the code can be read.