FAB NYC Announces FAB! Festival Lineup

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FABnyc is proud to announce the the lineup for the 10th annual FAB! Festival, taking place September 28, 2013 from 1-5PM on East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery. This one-day-only arts explosion features FREE performances and exhibits that promise fun for all ages. Attendees can sample tasty bites from local food vendors while enjoying dance, theater, and music by artists from across the Lower East Side (and beyond!). All performances will take place across numerous indoor and outdoor stages and sites on East 4th Street. Full lineup at https://fabnyc.org/FAB_Festival.php.

FABnyc's cultural and community partners will also be on-site to provide information about locAl Greening efforts, recycling, and artist resource sharing opportunities, in addition to hosting an array of hands-on arts activities and workshop that will intrigue and inspire participants. A community favorite, the 10th annual FAB! Festival offers more culture per square foot that at any other festival in NYC.


To celebrate the 10th annual festival, FABnyc will premiere The Golden Pigeon, FAB! Audience Choice Award, offered in partnership with the New York Innovative Theatre Awards (NYITA). Festivalgoers will have the opportunity to rate artists performing on East 4th Street through an online platform developed by NYITA. Audiences may vote on their mobile devices or at the FABnyc tent on site. The winning artist will receive a $150 cash prize, promotional recognition on FABNYC.ORG & EASTVILLAGEARTS.ORG, signature FAB! Festival Pigeon T-shirts, and the coveted Golden Pigeon. Voting audience members are entered into a raffle to win an East Village Prize Pack.


Choreographers from across NYC come together to celebrate movement and culture at this year's FAB! Festival. Bound to exhilarate and inspire audiences, the East Stage lineup will include performances by Rod Rodgers Dance Company, East Village Dance Project / GOH Productions, Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company, Cori Marquis + the Nines [IX], and Christina Noel & the Creature.

The stage will also feature Buggé Ballet, a FAB! Festival favorite from last year, performingFascination, a dance that captures the evolution of a romance from awkwardness to grace.Buggé Ballet is one of the many participating companies whose work has been supported through FABnyc's Dance Block program [http://fabnyc.org/spaces.php], a service that helps dancers connect to low-cost rehearsal space in the East Village. Full lineup athttps://fabnyc.org/FAB_Festival.php.


FABnyc's West Stage will showcase a selection of theater and musical performance ideal for the street, along with live music from across genres and cultures, including Indian, Salsa, Pop, Rap, and more. Performers include The CityKids Foundation, presenting Stand Up, a combination of music, dance, and spoken word lead by urban teens to inspire New Yorkers to let their voices be heard on important matters.

Other featured artists include Ideal Orkestra, Jodie and the Normals, Brigham Mosley, Downtown Art, and Nuyorican Poets Cafe presenting Hector Martignon. Full lineup found at https://fabnyc.org/FAB_Festival.php.


FABnyc will give festivalgoers an insider's glimpse by presenting four showcases of eclectic, experimental, and LES-based performers in The Kraine Theater, 85 E. 4th Street. Admission to all shows is FREE with RSVP.

Dance Block Showcase: 1-2PM

Four cutting edge choreographers from FABnyc's Dance Block program present a diverse range of choreography and contemporary subject matter that will play with visual art traditions, challenge binaries, and create dreamscapes.

Storyteller Shakedown: Fact and Fiction: 2-3PM

Two of the East Village's most imaginative storytellers bring their fact and fiction to life. Brigham Mosley finds out his boyfriend has fallen for a movie star messiah, and Slash Coleman relives his weird and wonderful childhood in a household of eccentric artists.

Intensive Care Unit: 3-4PM

Using text from infamous apologies by public figures, New York-based theater collective, Intensive Care Unit, explores the ways in which the shaming of our icons obstructs our humanity.

WOW! WOW Cabaret: 4-5PM

Featuring an ever-changing blend of artists from WOW Cafe Theatre, this cabaret showcases WOW's rich history, diversity of visions, and internal differences that have kept them alive and vivid for over three decades!


The FAB! Festival will pack as many performances into one city block as possible, including surprising site specific and guerrilla-style performances that take place on the street and in unexpected places within nooks and crannies of the East 4th. Street.

Bond Street Theatre will take the block by storm with their Shinbone Alley Stilt Band, a group of musicians who play a repertoire of Dixieland, Swing, Rock, Jazz, and Blues tunes, while simultaneously performing mind boggling dance routines on stilts.


In addition to 50+ performing artists, FABnyc is presenting numerous visual art projects, including two large-scale installations.

With generous support from the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund, FABnyc has commissioned sculpture artist Amanda Browder to create "Good Morning," a fabric sculpture that will cover the 70 East 4th Street Cultural Center from top to bottom. This installation is being produced from repurposed fabric as part of FABnyc's SUSTAIN project [http://fabnyc.org/sustainability.php], with the partnership of Downtown Art and Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company. Browder will be collaborating with seniors from the nearby Jasa Center to complete the project.

FABnyc is also bringing Ryan Cronin's 20 FT. tall inflatable, pink bunny to the block for all to enjoy during the festival.


The FAB! Festival brings together community groups, cultural institutions, and artists to offer creative activities for folks of all ages:

La Mama E.T.C. will provide arts activities for kids, and festivalgoers are advised to BYOT (Bring Your Own T-shirt) because social entrepreneurship group, Works in Progress, will be on-site screen-printing the festival mascot, the FAB Pigeon, on any cloth item!

The Selfie Portrait Project will be on-site offering everyone the chance to be a portrait artist by taking, writing, and drawing "selfies" to be uploaded to selfieportrait.me. A mobile black box theater will also be set up in front of IATI Theater's newly renovated theater space at 64 East 4th Street. Audiences can peek through keyholes cut in each side of this box to view intriguing performances by the characters inside.


FABnyc brings some of the Lower East Side's most treasured small businesses and unique vendors out onto the street for the FAB! Festival to sell original art, handmade handicrafts, and delicious gourmet food and drink. Vendors include the delectable Bond Street Chocolate, famed Pageant Print Shop, and other East 4th Street staples such as Random Accessories, Rivington Guitars, and Little Hair Shoppe.

4th Street Food Co-op will be on site creating pedal-powered organic smoothies with their bike blender, along with Goodness Juice, providing the freshest bottled fruit, vegetable juices, and concentrated, nutrient rich booster shots.


With a strong commitment to sustainable culture, FABnyc aims to reduce waste at the FAB! Festival and ensure 100% of waste is appropriately reused, recycled or disposed of by providing proper receptacles on site before, during, and after the event. GrowNYC, and othersustainability partners, will also be onsite at the festival offering information on best practices.


The Festival is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with The City Council, and City Council Member Rosie Mendez. We are grateful for the generous support of The Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund, The New York Community Trust, Con Edison, NYU Community Fund, and our members.

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