New York, NY– In June of 1986, Sun Ra and the Omniverse Jet Set Arkestra performed a free concert in the Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park, and the summer music landscape in New York City changed forever. Today, nearly 30 years later, SummerStage is New York City’s largest free performing arts festival, presenting work in all performing arts disciplines, with a focus on New York’s unique neighborhoods.
SummerStage has touched the lives of more than six million fans from around the world.
In celebration of this milestone, City Parks Foundation, the independent nonprofit organization that produces the festival, plans to deepen the impact the festival has in neighborhoods throughout New York City. The 2015 season will feature more shows in Central Park and 15% growth in the number of performances offered in neighborhood parks around the city, creating 6-day “mini-festivals” in 8 parks, featuring music, dance, theater, film, circus and family days. In total, this new model will add over 20 performances to the sixteen parks SummerStage presents in, bringing more than 200 unique artists to these stages around the city.
The SummerStage schedule follows for the next few weeks. For the most up-to-date scheduling and line-up for all SummerStage programming, follow SummerStage via the below links and visit http://www.SummerStage.org for festival information.
Expanded Season Runs May 18 – October 4
Over 120 + FREE Music, Dance, Theater, Circus and Family Programs in 16 Parks Across all 5 Boroughs
ABOUT CITY PARKS FOUNDATION:
City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer programs in parks throughout the five boroughs of New York City. We work in more than 350 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of programs in an effort to promote healthy and vibrant communities. Our programs and community building initiatives reach 425,000 people each year.
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The 2015 SummerStage festival is presented by:
Capital One Bank, Disney, Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, Ommegang, Rekorderlig Cider, AQUAÇAI, City Winery, Hendricks Gin, and JWT are official SummerStage sponsors. Additional funding generously provided by the Dalio Foundation; Howard Gilman Foundation; The Harold and Mimi and Steinberg Charitable Trust; J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation; The Shubert Organization; The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; and the Harkness Foundation for Dance. New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; National Endowment for the Arts, through the Access to Artistic Excellence Program; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; NYC Council Member Rosie Mendez; and NYC Council Member Debi Rose. Additional support is generously provided by our dedicated festival audience and SummerStage Members.
Media sponsors include: Time Out New York, Relix, Zoom Media & Marketing, Big Screen Plaza, Remezcla, The Village Voice, WNET, WNYC, WFUV, WBGO, and QNS.com. Street Teams provided by http://www.StreetsofNewYork411.com
In all of its programming and activities, City Parks Foundation partners with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to improve neighborhood parks and the communities they serve.