Hundreds of free live shows are expected to arrive in New York as live shows continue to resurface.
From May 14 to August. On January 14, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LPCA) will host hundreds of free events for New Yorkers as part of their Summer of the City program. The three-month initiative takes a fresh approach to the LCPA summer season that activates the entire campus under one banner.
Summer of the City is presented as part of the New York Festival. The initiative builds on the success of Lincoln Center’s 2021 restart stages, which drew an audience of more than 250,000 in-person guests and created an outdoor performing arts center so the arts can continue during the pandemic.
“One of the most basic tasks of the arts is to help heal. This summer we will do just that, with moments to rejoice, reclaim and remember in a transformed city,” said Shanta Thake, Artistic Director of LCPA’s Ehrenkranz, appointed August 2021. “This season is rooted in our core programming values: providing arts and civic programs reflective of New York City, the majority of which are free; prioritize collaboration and ask artists and their communities first what they want from Lincoln Center; to be a home for experimentation; and invite New Yorkers to actively participate in what we will create together.
“The season that Shanta and the team have curated captures the moment and so much more, integrating Lincoln Center’s beloved programming from summers past into something fresh, new and completely New York,” said Henry. Timms, President and CEO of LCPA. “We are all looking for a cure for the upheaval and pain of the past two years. Art can help provide it: from group singing to celebrations of missed or truncated milestones. We must give ourselves the means to let joy return, together.
For three months, Summer of the City will host a number of events under three central themes: Rejoice, Recover, Remember. With the huge line-up of musicians, artists and performance artists, Summer for the City aims to enliven every corner of the outdoor campus across 10 stages, as well as some of the indoor venues.
Summer of the City was organized to help deepen Lincoln Center’s service to Latinx/e, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI), Black, Indigenous, and LGBTQIA+ communities, and there will also be expanded offerings for families. with young children. The season will also include events centering on and celebrating Deaf and disabled people, Sweeney Todd from Deaf Broadway, ILL-Abilities, Inside/Out presented by Ping Chong and an Access Magic party, featuring a silent disco, as well as adapted dances. classes throughout the summer, and incorporating live captioning, Music: Not Impossible wearable technology for deaf and hard of hearing audience members at select performances, as well as ASL interpretation and sensory elements throughout long season offers. The LPCA campus will also host dozens of pop-up shows, wellness events, blood drives, graduations, campaign engagement events and more throughout the summer.
Admission to all Summer for the City shows at Damrosch Park, The Oasis on Josie Robertson Plaza, David Rubenstein Atrium, The Deck, Hearst Plaza and The Speakeasy on Jaffe Drive will be available free through general admission on a first arrived, first served. A free early bird option will also be available for select events at Damrosch Park, The Oasis and Hearst Plaza, allowing customers to gain priority access to events. Admission to the event is only guaranteed up to 10 minutes before showtime. Performances at Alice Tully Hall and the Rose Theater will be ticketed.
For more information and to see the full lineup, visit SummerForTheCity.org.