Jose Llana, Shaina Taub, Amber Iman, Ato Blankson-Wood, Brian Quijada, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Darius de Haas, Stephanie Chou, Hiroyuki Matsuura, Ike Holter, Kuhoo Verma, Mikhail Fiksel, Sara Porkalob, and More Set for Little Island’s Storytelling Festival

NEW YORK – (June 29, 2021) – Little Island, New York City’s new public park in Hudson River Park by W. 13th Street, announced today the line-up for the 2021 Storytelling Festival, running July 21-25, 2021 and Dance Festival, running September 15-19, 2021. This year’s Storytelling Festival is curated by Little Island Artists-in-Residence PigPen Theatre Co. and the Dance Festival is curated by Little Island Artist-in-Residence Ayodele Casel along with Co-curator Torya Beard. The majority of festival programming is free with admission to the park and tickets for select events in The Amph are on-sale now at littleisland.org and tdf.org.

Jose Llana and Shaina Taub. Photo by Lia Chang

Curated by Little Island Artist-in-Residence PigPen Theatre Co., this multidisciplinary Storytelling Festival draws upon their theatrical and eclectic style to animate and activate Little Island’s spaces with surprise and wonder. Singer-songwriters, musicians, poets, and more will illuminate storytelling in a variety of art forms. Programs mix and match genres while artists invite audiences to collaborate in the creative process and engaging works from multihyphenate artists including Adam O’Farrill; Amber Iman; Ato Blankson Wood; Bandits on the Run; Brian Quijada; Broken Box Mime Theater; Cherrye J. Davis; Daniel J. Watts; Daniel Nayeri; Darius de Haas; David Farrell Melton; Ed Rosini; Griots in Concert; Hiroyuki Matsuura; Ike Holter; Ishita Jain; Jon Lampley; Jon Sands; Jose Llana; Kate Ferber; Kim Blanck; Kuhoo Verma; Le’Asha; Liana Stampur; Lydia Fine and Tony Blahd; Mahogany L. Browne; Mark Dover; Max Posner; Michael Thurber; Mike Brun; Mikhail Fiksel; Phil Kaye; PigPen Theatre Co.; Rajna Swaminathan; Rebecca Haff Lowry and David L. Haff; Rebecca Naomi Jones; Sara Porkalob; Sarah Kay; Savannah Harris; Shaina Taub; Stephanie Chou; Tessa Lark; Little Island community partner Westbeth: You’re Never Too Old To Play; The Westerlies; and more.

“The Storytelling Festival is a true culmination of our past decades journey and community building,” said PigPen Theatre Co., Artist-in-Residence. “We’ve had the good fortune of learning much and meeting many during our years performing at school festivals, music festivals, and theatre festivals. To build our own festival, a celebration of Storytelling in its many forms, with a partner as unique and wonderful as Little Island, is a dream come true.”

INSTALLATIONS


Mikhail Fiksel: OVERHEAR

Hidden throughout the island are a handful of intimate sonic experiences accessible using your mobile device and (maybe) a pair of headphones. Listen in on a conversation between characters not visible to the naked eye, or catch echoes of the island’s past (or future), or tune in to a transmission headed to the far reaches of outer space. Featuring the creative geniuses of Ike Holter, Max Posner, Sara Porkalob, Brian and Marvin Quijada, The Westerlies, Mikhail Fiksel, and voice talent from around the country…


WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 2021

Stephanie Chou: LianXi- Connection: Stories from a Chinese-American Musician – FREE
6 pm in The Glade

Stephanie Chou’s music combines classical and Chinese influences with Western jazz and pop to create an entirely original, unique musical world. She will present a bi-lingual (English and Mandarin) show exploring fresh takes on Chinese folk songs and tongue-twisters, excerpts from her recent evening-length jazz-opera “Comfort Girl”, songs exploring her passion for math and literature, and several world premieres of music written during the pandemic.  Stephanie’s music is all about connecting with the audience, and tonight’s theme is sharing her experience as a Chinese-American growing up in NY through her music.

Live Literature Concert: Sarah Kay, Mahogany L. Browne, and Jon Sands – ON SALE NOW
In Collaboration with Composer Rajna Swaminathan
8 pm in The Amph

Performance poets, Sarah Kay, Mahogany L. Browne, and Jon Sands perform a fully scored show, in collaboration with composer Rajna Swaminathan and a group of stellar improvisers: Savannah Harris (drums), Adam O’Farrill (trumpet), and Rafiq Bhatia (guitar). This dynamic, urgent, and imaginative live literature concert is a can’t miss event that will only be happening these two nights at Little Island.

Michael Thurber Presents: A Giant Explosion of Love & Joy – FREE
Featuring: Daniel J. Watts, Amber Iman, Tessa Lark, Mark Dover and Jon Lampley
10 pm in The Play Ground and The Amph

Join Michael for a joyful night of incredible music that spans a plethora of musical styles including R&B, Funk, Folk, Bluegrass, and Jazz. You’ll hear many of Michael’s new songs performed with an incredible line-up of special guests, both vocalist and virtuoso instrumentalists! You’ll smile, you’ll laugh, you’ll dance, you’ll cry, and most importantly you’ll feel amazing the whole time.


THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2021

Griots in Concert Featuring Dr. Linda H Humes, Master drummer “Liberty” – “98 Degrees in the Sun” – FREE
12 pm in The Amph

Stories, music, and song from Africa and Latin America. Be prepared to dance and sing along!


Tales From The Little Island – FREE

with Ed Rosini
4 pm in The Play Ground

Imagine, if you will, that like so many parts of New York City, Little Island itself had a glimmer of magic about it. Friends and strangers will jump in together on a collaborative story that will be written while it plays out, as the tail of your journey comes to life. Come join in on an interactive adventure with Game Master Ed as you set out on your quest, uncover the Little Island’s secrets, and attempt to unite the 5 chapters of the island together once again!


Westbeth: You’re Never Too Old To Play – FREE
6 pm in The Glade

A sound and movement storytelling workshop for seniors about their experience with the Covid Pandemic and the memories it inspired.


Live Literature Concert: Sarah Kay, Mahogany L. Browne, and Jon Sands – ON SALE NOW

In Collaboration with Composer Rajna Swaminathan
8 pm in The Amph

Performance poets, Sarah Kay, Mahogany L. Browne, and Jon Sands perform a fully scored show, in collaboration with composer Rajna Swaminathan and a group of stellar improvisers: Savannah Harris (drums), Adam O’Farrill (trumpet), and Rafiq Bhatia (guitar). This dynamic, urgent, and imaginative live literature concert is a can’t miss event that will only be happening these two nights at Little Island.


Le’Asha: UNITY – FREE
10 pm in The Glade

With hope to inspire UNITY for all humans across the globe, Le’Asha brings a selection of music that will bring joy to all people of all backgrounds. Her passion for harmony on Earth will take the audience on a wild ride of enthusiasm and will motivate peace and love for all!!


FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2021

Tales From The Little Island – FREE
with Ed Rosini
4 pm in The Play Ground

Imagine, if you will, that like so many parts of New York City, Little Island itself had a glimmer of magic about it. Friends and strangers will jump in together on a collaborative story that will be written while it plays out, as the tail of your journey comes to life. Come join in on an interactive adventure with Game Master Ed as you set out on your quest, uncover the Little Island’s secrets, and attempt to unite the 5 chapters of the island together once again!


Lenape Journeys – FREE
with Rebecca Haff Lowry & David L. Haff
6 pm in The Glade

Rebecca Haff Lowry will share poetry and stories based on Lenape history, folklore, and contemporary culture. A digital exhibition of abstract art, by David L. Haff, illustrates the stories. A conversation with audience members on poetry and art follows the performance.


Sing Again: A Reunion Concert with Shaina Taub & Community – ON SALE NOW
featuring Kim Blanck, Ato Blankson-Wood, Mike Brun, Darius de Haas, Cherrye J. Davis, Kate Ferber, Jo Lampert, Jose Llana, Hiroyuki Matsuura, David Farrell Melton, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Liana Stampur, and Kuhoo Verma
8 pm in The Amph

Join singer-songwriter and bandleader Shaina Taub for her first live show for an audience in nearly two years. Reuniting with her longtime bandmates—and featuring a bevy of brilliant artists from New York’s creative community—Taub will both debut a slew of new songs from her upcoming album and pass the mic to special guest singers to perform old favorites from her songbook. This exuberant evening of original music aims to tell a story of healing and possibility as we all come back together to sing again.


SATURDAY, JULY 24, 2021

Bandits on the Run on Little Island – FREE
12 pm in Various Locations in the Park

Bandits on the Run have arrived back to New York City after a tumultuous year, and have launched an old timey private eye campaign to determine the whereabouts of the spirit of New York. In a series of songs, shenanigans, and traveling bits, the Bandits take the audience on a romp around Little Island to try and find the new New York together.


PigPen Theater Co. in Concert – FREE
1 pm in The Amph

We have stories to tell and songs to sing. It’s been far too long, friends. Let’s hang out for a bit.


Lenape Journeys
 – FREE
with Rebecca Haff Lowry & David L. Haff
6 pm in The Glade

Rebecca Haff Lowry will share poetry and stories based on Lenape history, folklore, and contemporary culture. A digital exhibition of abstract art, by David L. Haff, illustrates the stories. A conversation with audience members on poetry and art follows the performance.


Ishita Jain – FREE
8 pm in The Playground

Ishita is an illustrator based in NY, though she is originally from Delhi, India. Ishita loves to draw on location and enjoys documenting the people, places, and stories that surround her. Drawing is a great way to slow down, observe, and really look at what is happening in the world around you. This summer, Ishita will be drawing live at Little Island and documenting the return of art, culture, and life in this newly opened public space. Drop by, have a look, and who knows you might feature in some drawings as well!


Sing Again: A Reunion Concert with Shaina Taub & Community
 – ON SALE NOW
featuring Kim Blanck, Ato Blankson-Wood, Mike Brun, Darius de Haas, Cherrye J. Davis, Kate Ferber, Jo Lampert, Jose Llana, Hiroyuki Matsuura, David Farrell Melton, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Liana Stampur, and Kuhoo Verma
8 pm in The Amph

Join singer-songwriter and bandleader Shaina Taub for her first live show for an audience in nearly two years. Reuniting with her longtime bandmates—and featuring a bevy of brilliant artists from New York’s creative community—Taub will both debut a slew of new songs from her upcoming album and pass the mic to special guest singers to perform old favorites from her songbook. This exuberant evening of original music aims to tell a story of healing and possibility as we all come back together to sing again.


SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2021

Outside Voices: The Best of BKBX – FREE
with Broken Box Mime Theater
3 pm in The Glade

BKBX (Broken Box Mime Theater) reimagines French pantomime for contemporary audiences through the lens of US-American theater. Without a single word and set to a heart-thumping soundtrack, Outside Voices will feature a “best-of” playlist of favorites from BKBX’s 10-year repertoire. The narratives will range from realistic to metaphorical, heart-wrenching to hilarious, and cinematic to intimate, held together by a dedication to the empowered imagination and the collective artistic voice of BKBX’s resident company of artists.


Stories For A New Island – FREE

with Daniel Nayeri and PigPen Theatre Co.
6 pm in The Glade

Join Daniel Nayeri and PigPen Theatre Co. for an interactive story-making event to improvise folktales and ghost stories with audience participation and musical accompaniment.


Welcome Home: An Evening with Phil Kaye & The Westerlies – ON SALE NOW
8 pm in The Amph

Phil Kaye, award-winning poet and performer, explores the multidimensional layers of home: the sound of his grandmother’s voice, the laughs outside his apartment window, an imagined scene if his parents had stayed in Tokyo. In a special collaboration with acclaimed brass quartet, The Westerlies, the artists come together for a night of poetry and live music that is both reflective and celebratory.


Ishita Jain – FREE
8 pm in The Play Ground

Ishita is an illustrator based in NY, though she is originally from Delhi, India. Ishita loves to draw on location and enjoys documenting the people, places, and stories that surround her. Drawing is a great way to slow down, observe, and really look at what is happening in the world around you. This summer, Ishita will be drawing live at Little Island and documenting the return of art, culture, and life in this newly opened public space. Drop by, have a look, and who knows you might feature in some drawings as well!


Michael Thurber Presents: A Giant Explosion of Love & Joy – FREE
Featuring: Daniel J. Watts, Amber Iman, Tessa Lark, Mark Dover and Jon Lampley
10 pm in The Play Ground and The Amph

Join Michael for a joyful night of incredible music that spans a plethora of musical styles including R&B, Funk, Folk, Bluegrass, and Jazz. You’ll hear many of Michael’s new songs performed with an incredible line-up of special guests, both vocalist and virtuoso instrumentalists! You’ll smile, you’ll laugh, you’ll dance, you’ll cry, and most importantly you’ll feel amazing the whole time.

DANCE FESTIVAL EVENTS:

Co-curated by Little Island Artist-in-Residence Ayodele Casel and Torya Beard, the Dance Festival features tap artists, classical and contemporary Indian dance, African drumming, and more in a variety of performances. This park-wide takeover of percussive dance forms will fill Little Island’s spaces with joy and rhythms. The festival will celebrate National Dance Day on September 18th with the premiere of new work by four choreographers tapped by Ayodele Casel and Torya Beard and will culminate with a showcase of young and mature dancers and conversations that you won’t want to miss. The line-up includes Aaron Mattocks; The Afro-Latineers; Andre Imanishi; Barkha Patel; Brinae Ali & Sean Jones’ Dizzy Spells Brinda Guha; Crystal Monee Hall; Danni Gee; Earl Mosely’s Diversity of Dance; Evidence, A Dance Company; House of Xtravaganza; Jared Alexander Sprague; Leo Manzari; Leonardo Sandoval & Music from the Sole; Maurice Chestnut’s Dance Therapy; Michela Marino Lerman’s LOVE MOVEMENT; Michiyaya Dance, Morgan James and Doug Wamble; MOVE|NYC|; Paradise Drummers; Rokafella; It’s Showtime NYC; Ted Louis Levy; Tomoe Carr; and more.

“We are overjoyed to have the opportunity to curate a festival centering percussive dance artists whose work is deeply rooted in unabashed cultural expression,” said Ayodele Casel, Artist-in-Residence, and Torya Beard, Dance Festival Co-curator. “We eagerly anticipate spending the week at Little Island celebrating dance, music, and the joy of being in community with each other and audiences in person again.”

Free events that take place after 12 pm still require a timed entry reservation for entrance into the parkreserve here.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2021


Sunset Sounds: The Afro-Latineers – FREE
6 pm in The Glade

The Afro-Latineers play Afro-Latin Jazz: a fusion of Latin Jazz with West African rhythms. Influences include the likes of Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria, Machito & The Afro-Cubans, La Playa Sextet, Bobby Timmons, “Wes” Montgomery & Fela Kuti, and other Latin and Jazz pioneers.


Tomoe Carr – FREE
4 pm The Play Ground

Tomoe Carr was born in Manhattan, but she grew up in Japan. She started her dance training in Japan at Next Generation Dance Studio under the tutelage of Cebo, learning styles such as Hip Hop, House, Waacking, Locking, Popping, and Breaking. Tomoe is also the first graduate of the street dance program KiNEXtionS™ from Next Generation New York Studios Japan. After returning to New York in 2014, she has expanded her dance vocabulary studying Ballet and Modern at Peridance Center. Tomoe is currently building her portfolio by working with accomplished professionals such as Tweet Boogie, Michele Byrd- McPhee, Soraya Lundy, and Violet Galagarza among others.


Barkha Patel and Michela Marino Lerman’s LOVE MOVEMENT – ON SALE NOW
8 pm in The Amph

Barkha Patel and Michela Marino Lerman helm this enthralling evening of percussive dance. Kathak dancer, choreographer, educator, and Artistic Director of Barkha Dance Company, Barkha Patel creates artistic works that are rhythmically intricate and shares stories, which reverberate themes of suppression, transformation, and empowerment.

Love Movement, an ensemble led by tap dancer Michela Marino Lerman, is a hybrid of the highest levels of musicianship and hoofing, incorporating original music, spirituals, jazz, traditional and electronic tap boards, movingly presented so that you’ll find yourself dancing all the way home.


The House of Xtravaganza – FREE
10:15 pm The Play Ground

The legendary House of Xtravaganza, one of the most publicly recognized houses to emerge from the underground New York City ballroom scene, takes center stage in the Play Ground at Little Island.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2021


Live! at Lunch: Paradise Drummers – FREE
12 pm in The Amph

Get carried away by the rhythm with this group of self-taught hand drummers and percussionists for a little spontaneous self-expression, stress relief, and community bonding. The Paradise Drummers incorporate elements of traditional African hand drumming and Caribbean rhythms with overtones of contemporary dance pulses to create a unique and powerful fusion sound.


Brinae Ali & Sean Jones’ Dizzy Spells – FREE
2 pm The Play Ground

Jazz and hip-hop music and dance unite in this innovative program led by trumpeter and former Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra member Sean Jones and virtuoso tap dancer, choreographer, and vocalist Brinae Ali. Dizzy Spellz offers an Afrofuturist lens on the intersection of cultural and spiritual dilemmas within the African Diaspora through the music of Dizzy Gillespie.


Leo Manzari & Morgan James and Doug Wamble – FREE
6 pm in The Glade

Enjoy an intimate evening of original soul music and classic soul & blues covers that celebrate the continuum of black American music. Morgan James and Doug Wamble pay tribute to the long legacy of black musicians who came before them. This performance will have an ASL interpreter.

Catch the dynamic performance style of Leo Manzari, a Lucille Lortel award nominated tap dancer, blending styles including – tap, jazz, swing and ballet with playful charm. Manzari currently headlines alongside Byron Stripling and Grammy nominated Jazz vocalist, Carmen Bradford collaborating with multiple POPS orchestras across the world including The Winnipeg Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra, and The Philly POPS.


Ayodele & Friends – ON SALE NOW
8 pm in The Amph

Little Island Artist-in-Residence and Dance Festival Co-Curator Ayodele Casel takes the stage, with special guests to be announced. “One of the New York Times’” Biggest Breakout Stars of 2019, Ayodele Casel, “a tap dancer of fine-grained musicianship” (The New Yorker) is a 2019-2020 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Born in the Bronx and raised in Puerto Rico, Ayodele began her professional training at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her origins in theater and love for storytelling and tap dance have significantly contributed to the narrative nature in her work, which is rooted in the expression of identity, culture, language, and communication.


Music in The Glade: Crystal Monee Hall – FREE
10 pm in The Glade

Crystal Monee Hall’s seamlessly blends her love for world, blues, jazz, soul, and contemporary R&B, showcasing her talent as a songwriter, while highlighting a voice that has captivated audiences worldwide.


It’s Showtime NYC! – FREE
10 am The Play Ground

It’s Showtime NYC! is coming to Little Island. Now in its 5th year of activity, It’s Showtime NYC! has become one of the largest street dance programs and companies in New York City. A program of the non-profit organization Dancing in the Streets, It’s Showtime NYC! provides performance and professional development opportunities to street and subway dancers as a legal alternative to dancing in subway cars.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021


Brinda Guha – FREE
1 pm The Glade

Brinda Guha is a trained Indian Classical Kathak dancer for over 20 years and has traveled throughout USA and to India, England, and Spain to perform. During training and performing for years in the Kathak (Malabika Guha) & Manipuri (Kalavati Devi) dance disciplines, as well as Flamenco (Carmen de las Cuevas; Dionisia Garcia) and Contemporary Fusion vocabularies, she co-founded Kalamandir Dance Company in 2010 based in the vocabulary of #ContemporaryIndian.


Rokafella and Ryan K. Johnson – FREE
6 pm in The Glade

Join for an intimate but rousing night in The Glade when musician, entrepreneur and breakdancing pioneer Rokafella and the next generation of B-girls and B-boys take the stage, followed by Creative Director, Educator and Percussive Dance Practitioner Ryan K. Johnson of RKJ DANCE.


Ronald K. Brown and Evidence, A Dance Company – ON SALE NOW
8 pm in The Amph

Evidence, A Dance Company takes the stage for a rousing evening of celebration and joy. Founded by Ronald K. Brown in 1985 and based in Brooklyn, New York, Evidence, A Dance Company focuses on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. Brown uses movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in African American culture and to acquaint audiences with the beauty of traditional African forms and rhythms.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021


A Celebration of National Dance Day – ON SALE NOW
8 pm in The Amph

Join us for a celebration of National Dance Day with new works and creative conversation from four notable choreographers.


Late Night in The Play Ground: MICHIYAYA Dance – FREE
10 pm The Play Ground

Artistic Directors Anya and Mitsuko Clarke-Verdery founded MICHIYAYA as a way to combine their voices as artists. Now in their fifth year, MICHIYAYA is an evolving dance company of six dance artists based in New York City. MICHIYAYA’s work has spread nationally at venues and institutions such as Yale University, Brooklyn Museum, Andy Warhol Museum, Gelsey Kirkland Theater, La MaMa Galleria, among others. This powerful group of femme voices has been featured in Art Forum, Vice i-D, Thinx, Mask Magazine, and more.


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2021


Jared Alexander Sprague – FREE
12 pm The Play Ground

Born and raised in Clintondale NY, Jared began dancing at the age of three starting with Tap. He then went on to graduate from Pace University NYC with a degree in Commercial Dance BFA in 2019, is now an Artist in Residence at the American Tap Dance Foundation, Sponsored by Miller and Ben Tap Shoes, the creator of Capture The Tap, an art installation project, signed with MSA talent Agency, EMC, teaches in the tri-state area, works along Ayodele Casel & Torya Beard, Dexter Jones, and is a company member of; Caleb Teicher & Co., The Dolo Project, and Project Convergence. Jared currently resides in NYC.


Leonardo Sandoval & Music from the Sole – FREE
3 pm in The Glade

Music From The Sole combines tap dance and live music in a celebration of tap’s Afro-diasporic roots, particularly its connections to Afro-Brazilian dance and music, and its lineage to forms like house dance and passinho (Brazilian funk). Led by Brazilian choreographer Leonardo Sandoval and by composer Gregory Richardson, their work embraces tap’s unique nature as a blend of sound and movement, incorporating wide-ranging influences like samba, passinho, Afro-Cuban, jazz, and house.


Don’t Call It A Comeback: Circling Themes, Chasing Dreams – FREE
featuring Aaron Mattocks, Danni Gee, Ted Louis Levy, Rokafella, and Torya Beard
6 pm in The Amph

What does “once a dancer, always a dancer” mean in practice, when you have stepped back from dancing full-time? Five mature dancers who are also presenters, choreographers, educators, musicians, producers, perform micro-solos and share stories about how dance, and in some cases, not dancing, has shaped their lives.


They Got Next: The Next Generation of Dance Leaders ON SALE NOW
8 pm in The Amph

The Dance Festival culminates with a showcase of young dancers and choreographers that you won’t want to miss including Maurice Chestnut’s Dance Therapy, Earl Mosely’s Diversity of Dance, MOVE|NYC|, Tomoe Carr, and Andre Imanishi.

Health and Safety Protocols for Ticketed Events

In accordance with current New York State and CDC guidelines, both vaccinated and unvaccinated guests can attend ticketed events. Unvaccinated visitors will be required to wear their masks when they cannot maintain 6-feet of distance from others. Children under the age of 2 are not required to wear a mask.

Ticketing

While the majority of the Storytelling and Dance programming can be experienced for free, several events hosted in The Amph will be ticketed. Through this distribution, we hope to make our shows as accessible to as many New Yorkers as possible—30% of tickets are distributed for free to Little Island’s non-profit partners including the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, Greenwich House, Hudson Guild, PS 33, The Door, and Westbeth; 40% of tickets will be sold at $25 and distributed through the Theatre Development Fund; and 30% of tickets will be sold through Little Island’s website at $65 for regular price and $25 for seniors and children. All tickets are general admission.

All tickets will be electronic/mobile-only and are available for purchase now by visiting littleisland.org and tdf.org. There will be no tickets available to reserve on-site. Your ticket also serves as your timed entry reservation to the park.

Savory Hospitality will serve local and responsibly sourced food and beverage daily from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm. Little Island Food and Beverage is designed for all ages to explore the intersection between food and art in an environment that is welcoming, whimsical, playful, relaxing, and fun.

Sign-up for our mailing list at littleisland.org for park and programming updates.

In Rehearsal with Tina Landau’s Tina and Friends: BYOB Pride Concert on Little Island with Stephanie Hsu, Kelvin Moon Loh, Allan K. Washington, Bill Irwin, Jason Danieley, Jon Michael Hill, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Stacey Sargeant, Libby Winters, Tony Yazbeck, Jared Grimes, and Jodie Landau 

About Little Island

Little Island is a new public park, primarily funded by the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation with support from the City of New York, in Hudson River Park. The park features a lush, seasonal, landscape with rolling hills, walking paths and open lawns, and dazzling views of New York City. Little Island is one of the latest additions to the fourmile-long Hudson River Park, which runs from Chambers Street to W. 59th Street.

Little Island has a 687-seat amphitheater, an intimate stage for 200 visitors, and an open plaza, all designed to host a range of programming for all ages, from theater, dance, and music to food and beverage experiences to educational programs and community events. Little Island provides New Yorkers, and its visitors, with a unique urban oasis—a place for experiences that ignite imagination, foster spontaneity and play, and support camaraderie and connection. littleisland.org

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