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Just Announced: 20th Edition of NYC’s River to River Festival Returns in 2021

Just Announced: 20th Edition of NYC’s River to River Festival Returns this Year!

June 10 – 27, 2021

Following a year of the COVID-19 crisis endured by New York City and its residents the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LLCC) announced that the River to River Festival would be back this year.

Fittingly, it comes 20 years after its onset following the city’s recovery from 9/11.

Their latest newsletter reads as so:

River To River has long highlighted the fundamental role that creativity in all its forms plays in processes of recovery, resilience and renewal.

Curated by Lili Chopra and Nanette Nelms, this year’s festival features the work of groundbreaking artists, including Arthur Jafa, esperanza spalding, Wayne Shorter, Black Gotham Experience featuring Kamau Ware and Rodney Leon, Okwui Okpokwasili, Miguel Gutierrez, The Illustrious Blacks, Maria Hassabi, nora chipaumire, Mariana Valencia, Meg Webster, Onyedika Chuke, Damon Davis, Muna Malik and more. 

The following is the listing of events as highlighted by the LLCC. As of this writing, it’s unclear exactly which events will be taking place in person, virtually or otherwise. We’re confident additional details will be released in the near future.


June 10

Opening Concert
with esperanza spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington & Leo Genovese



June 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26

Streaming on June 12, 17, 18, 24, 26

WS, a longer super nova
Directed by Arthur Jafa



June 10 – 27

Land of the Blacks
Kamau Ware


Participatory Event

June 12-22

esperanza spalding


Visual Art

June 12

A Day at The Arts Center at Governors Island



June 12-27

The Stranger
Damon Davis


Participatory Event

June 13, 20, 25

with Miguel Gutierrez,
Okwui Okpokwasili &
The Illustrious Blacks



June 15-27

Womxn in Windows


Walking Tour + Podcast

June 16, 19, 22, 24

As Above So Below
Black Gotham Experience



June 25-27

Mariana Valencia



June 26-27

Maria Hassabi



June 26

nora chipaumire



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