The Lower East Side (LES) Festival of the Arts celebrates its seventeenth year of bringing together over 100 performing arts organizations, local and international celebrities, independent artists, poets, playwrights, musicians, puppeteers, film makers and many others. This free 3-day festival, running Friday May 25 through Sunday May 27 will be held at Theater for the New City.

This year's lineup includes the popular aerial act, Suspended Cirque, folk singer Judy Gorman, Tony Award-winning actress Tammy Grimes, talk-show host Joe Franklin, actor F. Murray Abraham, excerpts of works from La MaMa E.T.C. and Horse Trade Theater Company, and much more. There will also be brand-new works, created for the festival, by writers Barbara Kahn, Lissa Moira, Larry Myers, Gene Ruffini, and others.

The LES Festival of the Arts was founded in 1996 to demonstrate the creative explosion of Manhattan's Lower East Side and the area's importance to the culture and tourism of New York City. The theme of this year's LES Festival is "Legalize Freedom: Art is Activism."

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