Lincoln Center Out of Doors

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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Dance, Music
Location of Festival New York, New York USA
Festival Contact Information

Phone: (01) 212-875-5456

Festival Description

Each August, Lincoln Center Out of Doors celebrates the the arts with over 100 free performances. Featuring music and dance from with something for everyone — the season includes jazz, spoken word, sunset chamber concerts and more. The free events take place every summer at Lincoln Center in New York City. ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND TAKE PLACE ON LINCOLN CENTER’S PLAZAS between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues, from West 62nd Street to West 65th Street (except where noted). Take No.1 IRT to 66th Street/Lincoln Center Station) OR the A, B, C, D and No. 1 trains to 59th St/Columbus Circle.

Festival Dates July 24 - August 11, 2013
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Festival Story:

Inaugurated in 1971 under director of community programming Leonard DePaur, Out of Doors began as a small festival of street theater in collaboration with Everyman Theater (co-founded by actress Geraldine Fitzgerald.) Former Lincoln Center President John Mazzola’s vision was “to bring the community to Lincoln Center and bring Lincoln Center to the community.” Gradually expanding to include music and dance performances, the re-christened Lincoln Center Out of Doors has grown into one of the largest free performance festivals in the U.S.

Over its history, Out of Doors has commissioned some 95 works from composers and choreographers and presented hundreds of major dance companies, renowned world-music artists, and legendary jazz, folk, gospel, blues and rock musicians. It has highlighted the rich cultural diversity of New York City with its annual “La Casita” project which offers poetry and spoken word, along with music and dance performances. Out of Doors has partnered with dozens of community and cultural organizations including the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, Bronx Council on the Arts, Center for Traditional Music and Dance, the Chinese American Arts Council, Americas Society, and Dancing in the Streets. Since 2008 the festival has been produced by Lincoln Center’s director of public programming, Bill Bragin, with associate producer Jill Sternheimer.


Festival Events:

Highlighted programming 2013:
  • “KRONOS at 40” in Collaboration with Kronos Quartet Features Premieres and Commissions By:
    • Kronos Quartet
    • Mark Dendy Dance & Theater Projects
    • Red, Hot + FELA LIVE!
    • Superhuman Happiness
    • Mariana Sadovska
    • Jherek Bischoff
    • Dan Deacon
    • Amon Tobin
    • and others…
  • Performances by:
    • Asphalt Orchestra
    • The Pixies’ Surfer Rosa (World Premiere/Commission)
    • My Brightest Diamond
    • Emily Wells
    • The Gloaming
    • Found Sound Nation
    • Dan Zanes
    • Ozomatli
    • and more…
  • Additional highlights:
    • Rubén Blades in Concert
    • A Tale of Two Nations – U.S. Debut of Northeast Brazil’s Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante in World Premiere collaboration with Nation Beat
    • El Gusto – Reunited Muslim & Jewish Algerian Chaabi Orchestra in U.S. Debut
    • Festival au Désert: Caravan for Peace with N.Y. Debuts by Mali’s Mamadou Kelly, Imharhan / Tartit and Morocco’s Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa
    • Dance Heginbotham and Raymond Scott Orchestrette in World Premiere of Manhattan Research
    • Kyle Abraham /’s Pavement Shares Bill with Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s Word Becomes Flesh
    • La Casita: Music and Spoken Word Artists Honor Legacy of Sekou Sundiata
    • Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra
    • “Roots of American Music” 30th Anniversary: Performances by Nick Lowe, Bobby Rush, The Crickets: Farewell Show, Allen Toussaint, Motown’s Brian and Eddie Holland, Jason Isbell, More


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Podcast interviews:
  • International Body Music Festival celebrates sounds of the flesh, by Ronni Reich (, August 11, 2010)


Practical Info:

Slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Kronos Quartet — David Harrington, violin; John Sherba, violin Hank Dutt, viola; Jeffrey Zeigler, cello
      Photographer: © Zoran Orlic
      From left to right: David Harrington, John Sherba, Hank Dutt, and Jeffrey Zeigler
    • DANCE — Lucinda Childs, choreographer
      Philip Glass, music
      Sol LeWitt, film
      Photographer: © 2009 Sally Cohn Photography
      LUCINDA CHILDS’S DANCE- Photo by Sally Cohn
    • Mucca Pazza
      Photographer: Eric Harvey Brown
    • Brian Brooks Moving Company
      Photographer: © Stephen Aubuchon 2009
    • Bassam Saba, director of The New York Arabic Orchestra
      Taken at Symphony Space, Photographer: John Cenzig
    • The New York Arabic Orchestra
      Bassam Saba, director; Salma Habib, singer; Date Image Taken: 2/12/2011; Taken at Symphony Space; Photographer: John Cenzig
    • Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors — Asphalt Orchestra
      Venue: Credit Suisse Information Grandstand
      Photographer: © Stephanie Berger
      Date Photographed: 8/8/2009
      The Asphalt Orchestra performs at Lincoln Center out of Doors Festival on the plaza of Lincoln Center and near the Metropolitan Opera House on August 8, 2009.
      Photo credit: ©Stephanie Berger
    Located at the corner of Broadway and West 65th Street (grandstand plaza in front of Alice Tully Hall)
    West 62nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenue.
    Broadway, between West 62nd and West 63rd Streets
    North of the Metropolitan Opera House, in front of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and Lincoln Center Theater.
    Main plaza of Lincoln Center, fronting Columbus Avenue, between 63rd and 64th Street.
  • Note: All programs and artists are subject to change


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