River to River Festival R2R

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

Alliance for Downtown New York
120 Broadway, Suite 3340
New York, NY 10271 USA
Phone: (01) 212-566-6700
Fax: (01) 212-566-6707
Email: rivertorivernyc@gmail.com

Festival Description

Making music to the ears of budget-conscious audiences, the River To River® Festival today unveiled a stellar line-up of completely free music, dance, and cultural events that firmly establishes Lower Manhattan as the city’s summer arts capital. Named one of the ten New York cultural institutions “we can’t live without” by Time Out New York and a “must-visit for urban arts aficionados” by the New York Post, the River To River Festival is New York’s largest free summer arts festival. Founded in 2002 to revitalize Lower Manhattan by bringing the arts to new audiences and new artists to public attention, the festival draws hundreds of thousands of people each year to venues along downtown’s spectacular waterfront, including the World Financial Center, The Seaport, Rockefeller Park, Battery Park, and Castle Clinton National Monument.

“The River To River Festival embodies the energy and creativity that has carried New York City through both good and challenging times,” said Valerie Lewis, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communication for the Downtown Alliance. “At a time when audiences need art and inspiration more than ever, we are determined to bring them outstanding, world-class entertainment at a price that can’t be beat.”

Festival Dates June 15 - July 14, 2013
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Festival Story:

The River To River Festival, presented by American Express, is a collaboration of Lower Manhattan’s major cultural event producers including the Alliance for Downtown New York, arts>World Financial Center, Battery Park City Authority, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Port Authority of NY & NJ, and The Seaport. These partners are firmly committed to using the arts as a tool for revitalization and to the development of new audiences for the arts.

Free admission to River To River® events is underwritten by a wide range of funders, led by the Festival’s Founding Title Sponsor, American Express. Major support is provided by the Festival’s Producing Partners, including, NBC Local Media New York and WNYC New York Public Radio.

Vital support comes public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts; and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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