Prospect Park Alliance and the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) present the Brooklyn Roots Festival as part of BAC's summer-long Tradition as Resistance Festival, celebrating the work and perseverance of Brooklyn’s traditional and folk artists in a moment of social and political ferment. The folk arts festival celebrates Brooklyn’s traditional artists and immigrant communities through a daylong schedule of performances, workshops, interactive family activities, and more.
This daylong event celebrates Brooklyn’s diverse traditional art forms through a lively, family-friendly afternoon of performances, workshops, interactive kids activities and more. Come on out for a day in the park to learn, play and express yourself in Brooklyn’s Backyard!
The festival’s Main Stage will feature Palestinian dance ensemble Freedom Dabkah, Haitian drumming group Fanmi Asòtò, Afro-Puerto Rican drum and dance ensemble Bomba Yo, and other groups representing Yiddish, Serbian, and the African diaspora. In addition to the performance Main Stage, a workshop station will engage audiences with activities led by groups including the Queer Kitchen Brigade, the food-agro project working in solidarity with Puerto Rico’s sustainable agroecology movement; Gran Bwa and the Congo Square Drummers, sharing their longtime tradition of sharing tradition and ritual in the Prospect Park Drummer’s Grove; and dance and music workshops.
A children’s section at the Lefferts Historic House presents acclaimed “King of the Dance Party” Father Goose Music with a journey through Caribbean and multicultural music, East Asian folk children’s group Rabbit Days and Dumplings featuring Elena Moon Park, and puppetry presentations by the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre. City Lore is also partnering with BAC to present the multimedia theater piece What We Bring: Stories of Migration.
View the full program schedule here.
Food trucks will be on-site with refreshments for purchase.