For the tenth year, a score of stars and over 100 performing arts organizations, independent artists, poets, puppeteers and filmmakers converge at the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts (LES), in and around Theater for the New City at First Avenue and East Tenth Street. The gathering was formed in 1996 to demonstrate the creative explosion of the Lower East Side and the area's importance to culture and tourism for New York City. The three-day, indoor and outdoor festival of theater is organized by TNC and a coalition of civic, cultural and business leaders and is free to all New Yorkers. Last year, over 3,000 people attended.
This year's festival is dedicated to the memory and legacy of Mel Gussow and Arthur Miller.
FRIDAY, MAY 27
6pm-1am: Spoken word and Performances Upstairs
8pm-Midnight: Cabaret Performances Downstairs
SATURDAY, MAY 28
11am-6pm: (Outside) Vendors, Salsa, Merengue, Jazz, Poets, Commedia, Rain date, Sunday
2pm-4:30pm: (Inside) Plays by Kids for Kids
6pm-Midnight: Spoken word and Theatrical Performances Upstairs
3pm-Midnight: Film and Video Downstairs
SUNDAY, MAY 29
5pm-7pm: Poets Downstairs
6pm-Midnight: Dance and Theatrical Performances Upstairs
8pm-Midnight: Theatrical Performances Downstairs
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