The Red Hook Fest takes over Valentino Park

Red Hook Fest on May 31 and June 1, 2019

The Red Hook Fest takes over Valentino Park


Over the course of 2 days, the Red Hook Fest presents free barbecue, a DJ-led dance party, stunning professional performances by NYC’s most powerful performers, and a host of pre-professional youth performances.

Located on the scenic Red Hook, Brooklyn, waterfront, audiences enjoy stunning music and dance performances with spectacular views. Hook Arts Media® partners with many organizations to bring additional free resources, education, and services to each year’s event. Activities include scavenger hunts, reading tents, and free kayaking on the harbor.

Festivities will open on Friday, May 31 with a free cookout, a youth group performance, and a DJ-led dance party. The festival will continue into Saturday, June 1 with mainstage performances beginning at 2 pm and concluding at 7 pm.

Headliners gracing the Red Hook Fest mainstage in 2019 include The Dance Cartel, Ballet Hispanico’s second company, BHdos, and Taina Asili.



THE DANCE CARTEL is after a new brand of dance experience.

Taking note of a dance community that often serves a niche audience, the Cartel creates dances that are VIBRANT, IMMERSIVE and often PARTICIPATORY. Without sacrificing technical rigor or artistic ambition as a dance company, we endeavor to employ the social nature of dance, the charge of a party, and the sharpness of a music video to a fresh dance vocabulary that any Joe can get down with.


LINELIGHT on the High Line from The Dance Cartel on Vimeo.


Ballet Hispanico’s Second Company BHdos will be performing on the Red Hook Fest mainstage on Saturday, June 1, 2019. BHdos will present Performances for Young People, which take audiences on a guided journey through Latin-American dance and music. This interactive, fun-filled exploration features excerpts of the Ballet Hispánico repertory and is narrated by a member of Ballet Hispánico’s artistic team.

The organization’s founder, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, sought to give voice to the Hispanic experience and break through stereotypes. Today, Ballet Hispánico is led by Eduardo Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the Company, whose vision of social equity, cultural identity and quality arts education for all drives its programs.



Taína Asili is an Albany, New York-based Puerto Rican singer and activist carrying on the tradition of her ancestors, fusing past and present struggles into one soulful and defiant voice. She performs an energetic fusion of powerful vocals laid over Afro-Latin, reggae, and rock, bringing love, resistance, and ancestral remembrance to venues across the globe.

In January 2017, Taina performed for over half a million people at The Women’s March on Washington. Her music video “No Es Mi Presidente” (Not My President) premiered in Rolling Stone, The Huffington Post named her in a list of in a list of “12 Freedom Fighting Bands To Get You Through the Trump Years”; Billboard Magazine featured her in a list of “11 Songs of Protest & Resistance by Latino Artists”; and her music has been aired several times on Democracy Now!.



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