Celebrate Culture at Brooklyn Roots Festival
July 12, 2019
The Brooklyn Arts Council Folk Arts program and Prospect Park Alliance announce the second annual Brooklyn Roots Festival taking place on Sunday, July 28, in the Prospect Park Children’s Corner. The folk arts festival celebrates Brooklyn’s traditional artists and immigrant communities through a daylong schedule of performances, workshops, interactive family activities, and more. The free event serves as the culminating program of BAC’s Tracking Traditions Along the B/Q series of public programs, celebrating cultural and artistic traditions from communities along Brooklyn’s B and Q train lines.
“The Brooklyn Roots Festival hopes to help bridge the divides from geographic isolation that many of these communities face,” said BAC Folk Arts Director Christopher Mulé. “We look forward to celebrating these cultural traditions and bringing diverse groups together in the setting of Prospect Park, and to seeing what community connections we can help foster.”
“Prospect Park is Brooklyn’s Backyard, and a haven for the diverse communities of this borough,” said Prospect Park Alliance Vice President of Programs Maria Carrasco. “The Alliance is dedicated to providing free public programs that celebrate the history and traditions of Brooklyn, and we are thrilled to continue to partner with BAC on the Brooklyn Roots Festival.”
The festival’s Main Track Stage will feature performances from Dancing Crane Company, Diwas Gurung, and groups representing Russian, Chinese, Pakistani, Haitian communities and more.
In addition to the performance stage, a workshop station will engage audiences with activities led by groups and artists including tai chi group Qi Tao, Ukrainian Village Voices, and more. The Kids’ Caboose children’s area at Lefferts Historic House will present family-oriented performances and activities from Marvarid Uzbek Dance Group, Folk Dance Club Kaleidoscope, and more.
Food trucks will be on-site with refreshments for purchase.
Programmatic partners for the festival include Endangered Language Alliance, the Center for Art, Tradition & Cultural Heritage, CityLore, and In Concert Productions.
Brooklyn Arts Council events and programs are made possible, in part, through public funds from: National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council, and Humanities New York. Additional support is provided by Green Mountain Energy. Translation and captioning services made possible by the Theatre Development Fund.