Photo: LES Citizens Parade, Courtesy of Naomi Goldberg Haas and Laura Nova

LMCC presents the 17th annual River To River Festival, Downtown New York City’s completely free summer arts festival, June 1524.

River To River presents an array of performances and events exploring and celebrating diversity in all its forms—often blurring the lines between genres including dance, music, theater and the visual arts—over 10 days at over 40 unique sites, institutions, and venues across Lower Manhattan.

This year’s festival includes:

  • MasterVoices Naamah’s Ark in Rockefeller Park, a dramatic oratorio about the world after the Great Flood, as told from the perspective of Naamah, wife of Noah. Composed by Marisa Michelson with libretto by Royce Vavrek, performed by MasterVoices—led by Artistic Director Ted Sperling—with guest community choruses and featuring Victoria Clark in the role of Naamah;
  • Jace Clayton’s Gbadu & the Moirai Index, a composition for Four Voices and the Stock Market, in which the singers’ vocals are processed and transformed by real-time financial data, performed across from the New York Stock Exchange on the steps of Federal Hall;
  • GRANDMA, a multimedia, choreographic portrait of aging and ghosts of the American South by Cori Olinghouse;
  • Of Granite and Glass, Catherine Galasso’s site-specific interpretation of Boccaccio’s 14th-century narrative Decameron at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, co-commissioned by LMCC and Arts Brookfield;
  • enrico d. wey’s silent :: partner at Federal Hall, a bodily exploration of memory and memorialization and a contemporary rumination on what remains and what falls;
  • LES Citizens Parade, a collaboration between choreographer Naomi Goldberg Haas and visual artist Laura Nova with senior residents of NYC’s Lower East Side celebrating movement, improvisational community collaboration and the merging of performance into everyday life;
  • A street-side installation of a selection of portraits from The Supper Club, acclaimed artist Elia Alba’s multi-disciplinary project featuring images of artists and creators of color;
  • Night at the Museums, an annual evening of free admission to cultural institutions and museums downtown;
  • The summer edition of Tribeca Art + Culture Night, a quarterly stroll through Tribeca’s fast-growing gallery district including 20+ galleries and performance spaces.
  • An evening of live Salsa music and dancing along the East River waterfront, co-presented with Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES)
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River To River was founded in 2002 by American Express, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Alliance for Downtown New York, Arts Brookfield, Battery Park City Authority, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and South Street Seaport.


Arts Brookfield
Battery Park City Authority
Night at the Museums (multiple venues, see event listing for details)
Tribeca Art + Culture Night


Leadership Support provided by: American Express, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Major Support provided by: Battery Park City Authority and Goldman Sachs.

Friends of the Festival:  Howard Gilman Foundation, The Howard Hughes Corporation, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Westfield World Trade Center.

Additional support provided by: Con Edison, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and WNYC.


All events in the festival are free and therefore depend on your support.

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