River To River® Festival, Lower Manhattan’s free annual summer arts festival begins its second decade with a new curatorial focus. The 2012 edition of the festival takes place seven days a week from June 17th through July 15th, 2012 for a densely-packed month of music, dance, film, theater, visual art, ideas, experiences and family programs at locations throughout Downtown New York. Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) works with Founding Partners Arts Brookfield, Battery Park City Authority, and The Seaport, as well as a range of new content partners, to present concerts, events, and performances free to the public.
More than just presenting free events, River To River Festival serves as an important arts incubator by commissioning new work and providing space Downtown for artists to develop and rehearse their projects. River To River incubates new ideas and extends the life of existing work by inviting artists to create site-based versions of premiere performances, engaging with public space in new and unexpected ways. Audiences are encouraged to share in the creative process through work-in-progress showings, open studios, lectures and demonstrations.
Made possible by Founding and Title Sponsor American Express, the Alliance for Downtown New York, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, HUD, and other underwriters, all events are free and open to the public. The festival draws hundreds of thousands of people to venues along Downtown’s spectacular waterfront, and inhabits the parks, piers, streets, and alleyways throughout Lower Manhattan, from the Hudson River to the East River, from Governors Island to Houston Street. With multiple events scheduled every day and scattered throughout Lower Manhattan, the festival encourages audiences to discover and experience the diversity of events and sites throughout the neighborhood.
For more information, and to see the calendar of events, visit: rivertorivernyc.com/