Announcing The FAB! Festival 2012 Lower East Side Arts and Culture Explodes onto East 4th Street Between Bowery and Second AveReturn To On The Wire
In the heart of the East 4th Street Cultural District, experience the very best in Lower East Side arts and culture at the FAB! Festival, Saturday, September 22nd from 1pm-5pm.
Lower East Side Arts and Culture Explodes onto East 4th Street Between Bowery and Second Ave
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 2, 2012
Fourth Arts Block
New York, NY - In the heart of the East 4th Street Cultural District, experience the very best in Lower East Side arts and culture at the FAB! Festival, Saturday, September 22nd from 1pm-5pm. FABnyc brings together a wide selection of FREE performances by local artists, as well as diverse range of performances and activities from FABnyc's citywide partners. With multiple indoor and outdoor stages showcasing dance, theater, music, local artisans and gourmet food vendors, art installations, hands-on activities for families, as well as workshops for professionals and amateurs, the FAB! Festival presents new and exciting experiences for residents and visitors citywide.
**A full festival line-up can be found at https://fabnyc.org/FAB_Festival.php.**
Locating the Sacred on 4th Street
FABnyc teams up with the Asian American Arts Alliance to celebrate the vibrant Asian community in the LES. As site for their citywide Locating the Sacred Festival, running September 12-23, this year's FAB! Festival features two hours of special performances by Asian artists, including Soh Daiko's Japanese Taiko drumming, and hula dancing from the dancers of Pua Ali'i 'llima o Nuioka.
"FABnyc is excited to partner with the Asian American Arts Alliance to present top notch artists and showcase the vital role the Asian community plays in Lower East Side arts and culture," said Tamara Greenfield, Executive Director of FABnyc.
This Is A Dance Block!
Festival favorites join new work created and fostered via FABnyc's Dance Block program, which helps dancers connect to lower cost rehearsal space on 4th Street. From ballet to jazz, modern to traditional Polynesian dance, the dance stage features an eclectic mix of artists including Nicole Bugge, Krista Jansen, PROJECT 44, Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company, Rod Rodgers Dance Company, and Lotus Music & Dance.
Sustainability Takes The Spotlight
At this year's FAB! Festival, FABnyc aims to reduce waste and ensure 100% of waste is appropriately reused, recycled or disposed of. To reach this goal, FABnyc is partnering with GrowNYC to provide recycling containers with friendly helpers from EcoBiz to answer questions about proper recycling. Non-bottled sources of water will also be FREE to all attendees.
In The Black Box
Three featured indoor programs of performing artists will include WOW! Wow Cabaret at the FAB Fest, Vaudeville Hour, and a selection by the New York Innovative Theater Foundation.
WOW! Wow Cabaret is a sampling of the wide variety of performances available at the country's oldest women's theater collective. Vaudeville Hour will be opened by Brigham Mosley's alter ego, Mae Mosley, and headlined by Harrison Beck's piano serenade "Familiar Song, Forgotten Melodies." The New York Innovative Theater Foundation, creators of the Innovative Theater Awards, will present a one-hour glimpse of Off-Off Broadway. All indoor programming is reserved seating only, tickets will become available on September 1.
Workshops For Amateurs and Professionals
FABnyc aims to provide education as well as entertainment with a series of workshops in multiple disciplines, for both artists and art lovers.
For the arts professional, Storyteller Slash Coleman will teach a marketing workshop about how to sharpen your marketing skills as a working artist. Anyone can brush up on their dance moves with Rod Rodgers Dance School by taking their Modern Technique class, available for both adults and children.
Walk Away Sporting the FABnyc "4"
Perennial favorite and social entrepreneurship group, Works in Progress will be on the street to screen-print the fabulous FABnyc "4" on any cloth item! Its BYOT - bring your own T-shirt.
Attendees can connect to Media Sponsor, Everyblock - providing you with the best place to get the word on the street, online! Visit their table to find out how you can stay in the loop with all of your neighborhood news and talk on EveryBlock (nyc.everyblock.com).
The Festival is also sponsored, in large part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Council members Rosie Mendez, Margaret Chin, and Christine C. Quinn.
Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc) was founded in 2001 as the nonprofit leadership organization for the East 4th Street Cultural District, a historic and vibrant arts corridor in the Lower East Side. Now a neighborhood-wide coalition of cultural groups, FABnyc drives community and economic development, while also preserving the Lower East Side's rich heritage and creative energy. FABnyc and members currently serve more than 1,250 artists and attract an audience of over 250,000 people each year.