On May 17, the
10th annual Red Hook Waterfront Arts Festival, presented by Martha
Bowers Dance Theatre Etcetera, will offer a full day of performing
arts on the renovated Beard Street Pier, at the end of Van Brunt
The public is invited to wear costumes and march alongside giant
puppets crafted by Flying Bridge Community Arts, in the fourth
annual Red Hook Earth and Surf Parade, which kicks off at noon
from Coffey Park (Dwight and Wolcott streets) and travels a mile
to the Beard Street Pier. (Wannabe marchers are invited to gather
at the park at 11 am.)
From 1 to 5 pm, there will be an assortment of live music and
dance performances at the pier. Bed-Stuy’s own hip-hop band Second2Last,
featuring (clockwise from top) Brian Polite, Johny Lashley, Aisha
Bell and Francis Bade, will perform at 3:30 pm.
The arts festival also promises free African and salsa dance
classes, boat rides, community resource booths and food made
by neighborhood vendors.
In addition, the Brooklyn Working Artists Coalition’s Pier Show
11, featuring the works of 250 artists in all types of media,
will be open from noon to 6 pm. The exhibit is displayed inside
the nearby historic warehouse at 499 Van Brunt St. at Beard Street.
For more information about the pier show, log on to www.bwac.org
or call (718) 596-2507. For more information about the festival,
or call (718) 287-2224.
The festival will be held rain or shine.
Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010