The East Village, NYC
Two Stages ~ Three Days
Poetry! Music! Dance! Art Around the Park!
Brought to you by HOWL! Arts and the East Village/Lower East Side community renowned for its sense of adventure, creative excellence, and cutting edge performance!
This will be a live action, participatory weekend-long event involving 140 artists of all ages. An 8-foot high, 900-foot long blank canvas encircling the exterior of Tompkins Square Park will transform into an explosion of color and creativity! There will also be music and dance performances, poetry readings, a kids’ arts carnival, and more!
For more than a century, the East Village has been home to poets, jazz musicians, Vaudeville and Yiddish theatre, artists represented by blue chip galleries and those painting in the subways, rock stars, and performance artists. Building on this tradition and inspired by long time East Village resident, Allen Ginsberg‘s epic poem, the HOWL! Festival was founded in 2003. The mission of HOWL! Festival is to honor, develop, create and produce. With an estimated 100,000 visitors last year, the many performances celebrate local cultural icons and lionize, preserve, and advance the art, history, culture, and counterculture unique to the East Village and Lower East Side.
Late poet–philosopher, Allen Ginsberg, was a lifelong spokesperson for peace, justice, and freedom of expression. HOWL! Arts Inc., the umbrella for all things HOWL!, exemplifies the uninhibited, spirited, iconoclastic, and irreverent embrace of Ginsberg’s artistic invention. HOWL! Arts claims this legacy – as home to “the best minds” of successive generations – to inspire and galvanize new artists and audiences.
HOWL! Arts aspires to give the public, both young and old, the tools to join in the creative process and to experience first hand the high value of a creative life, the heritage of social history and the quality of contemporary culture which are the signatures of this vital community. HOWL! Arts Project embraces the entire downtown community whose original perspectives have altered the landscape of fashion, art, music, theater, poetry and dance worldwide.
So, come participate and experience this colorful community for yourself, all weekend long! What do YOU want to say and create?