Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival: Discover the District

Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival: Discover the District from September 21 to 23, 2018

Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival: Discover the District

Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival: Discover the District is coming to The Plaza at 300 Ashland from September 21 to 23, 2018, presenting a host of free programming including theater, poetry, dance, music, along with a dramatic reading of Martin Luther King’s final sermon by actor Samira Wiley of The Handmaid’s Tale.

Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival: Discover the District is an annual weekend celebration of Downtown Brooklyn’s cultural community—and the artists, writers and performers who inspire the borough’s creative spirit.

Throughout the weekend, acclaimed local arts organizations across the Brooklyn Cultural District will open their doors with exciting performances, talks, and tours, and present a host of free programming at The Plaza at 300 Ashland, including theater, poetry, dance, music, and other performances.

Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival kick-off celebration and dance party with Soul Summit launches the weekend at 5pm on Friday, September 21st. A true neighborhood institution, Soul Summit Music is a DJ collective known for its free dance parties in Fort Greene Park. All are invited to dance with abandon to a non-stop mix of classic house music.

Mark Morris Dance Group brings Words to The Plaza at 300 Ashland on Saturday, September 22nd, at 3:30pm. Set to music by Mendelssohn, “‘Words’ is another of Mr. Morris’s beguiling affairs, intriguingly expressing poetry beyond words” (Wall Street Journal).

Preceded by a salsa dance class led by Mark Morris Dance Center instructors, Los Hacheros will close out the night with a salsa dance party beginning at 5:30pm on Saturday, September 22nd. Modern-day torchbearers of the Golden Age of Latin music and local favorites, Los Hacheros revives folkloric styles like son montuno, guaracha and salsa, often combining them with bomba. Their critically acclaimed music will inspire old-school salseros and young music fans alike to get up and dance.

Presented by the Brooklyn Public Library, and directed by Brian Dorries (Public Artist in Residence of the City of New York and founder of Theater of War Productions), The Drum Major Instinct features actor Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale, Orange Is the New Black) reading Martin Luther King’s final sermon on Sunday, September 23rd, at 2:00pm, a powerful, cautionary speech about the impulse in all humans to be first. The performance has the goal of generating powerful dialogue about racism, inequality, and social justice, fostering compassion, understanding, and positive action. Featuring original and arranged music sung by The Phil Woodmore Singers, a choir made up of police officers and their spouses, teachers, activists, and members of the faith community from St. Louis, Missouri.

 

Mark Morris Dance Group

 

Soul Summit Music