The Lower East Side Festival of the Arts begins this evening at the Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. at 10th Street. Here are some details via the EVG inbox...
The three-day downtown arts festival, whose theme this year is Art V Tyranny, seeks to show a lively downtown arts scene in an era when everything from funding cuts to technology, science and affordable housing puts pressure on the arts.
The festival includes hundreds of well-known and emerging artists ranging from theater to dance, music to movies, a street fair and art exhibit. This celebration collectively provides a showcase of downtown’s artistic diversity and energy, while seeking to “take up art” against a sea of troubles.
The theme of Art V. Tyranny, with the V as a kind of victory sign as well as a sign of resistance, seeks to shine a spotlight on the need for the arts for a healthy life and economy.
As part of the festival, TNC typically closes down 10th Street between First and Second avenues for a street festival filled with vendors.
Find details on specific programming here.