OBIE Award Winning actor, HSA alum and Artist in Resident, Chris Myers present “INTERFEST,” a free three-day arts & ideas festival promising an energized experience for emerging artists and thinkers to explore the future of culture and community.The event will take place at HSA, 645 Street, Nicholas Avenue, NYC, Sept. 22-24, 2017.
Inspired by author/documentarian and social activist, Toni Cade Bambara’s vision that “the artist’s job is to make the revolution irresistible,” this unique event aims to disrupt the formal festival experience.
Acting in response to the current challenges facing marginalized groups and their allies within the arts community and beyond, Interfest invites attendees to engage with each other despite differences in hopes of strengthening the resolve of communities while keeping things irresistibly fun.
The three-day event includes the following:
Friday, Sept. 22
Intermingle – Opening Night (9 p.m. – 12 a.m.)
This revolution has a dance party! Interfest’s opening night bash features an open bar, live performances, a unique “vision” mixer, and DJ set by UWS (Chris Myers). Bring a dream and your best dance crew to energize our festival space for the weekend to come!
Saturday, Sept. 23
Interact – Garden Tour + Live Poetry Performance (3-5 p.m.)
Interact with the land and experience the politics of food on a guided garden tour with hands-on instruction. Site-specific poetry performance accentuates this immersive experience which reminds us that we are what we eat. Presented in partnership with The Brotherhood/Sistersol.
Intervene – Outrage and Activism: Building cultural inclusion in American Theater (Panel Discussion) (5:45 p.m.-7:15 p.m.)
This open forum will discuss and dissect the rising paradigm shift currently taking place in the theatre industry. With representation still a systemic issue across the board, we’ve reached a pinnacle point where our outrage and activism have now intermixed. But what’s next? How do we go from voice to action? Four panelists discuss with Drew Shade of Broadway Black.
Interpret – Play Reading + Open Discussion (7:15 p.m. – 10 p.m.)
An emerging playwright will present a stunning new work which mirrors back to us the state of our liberation. Post-performance discussion will invite the community to engage with what liberation means to us. This reading will be co-produced with The Movement Theater Company.
Sunday, Sept. 24
Intertwine – Wellness Brunch + Panel Discussion (11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.)
Enjoy a fully inclusive brunch over presentations from health experts from the fields of mental health, physical health, and food politics/nutrition. Presenters will then engage in a moderated cross-dialog about the centrality of health and healing to ourselves and our movements. Rejuvenate in more ways than one.
Interpret – Play Reading + Open Discussion (2:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.)
An emerging playwright will present a stunning new work which mirrors back to us the state of our liberation. Post-performance discussion will invite the community to engage with what liberation means to us.
For the most current lineup, please visit http://interfestnyc.org