LMCC presented the 18th annual River To River Festival, Downtown New York City’s completely free summer arts festival, from June 18-29, 2019.


Performances and events celebrated artistic and creative diversity in all its forms throughout spaces in Lower Manhattan. This year's festival encouraged the discovery of what arises when we all slow down.


All events are free and all are welcome.

The Reflection Project with Yoko Ono

June 18 - 29

An invitation to the passersby to pause, reflect and imagine.

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Yoko Ono: Add Color (Refugee Boat)

June 18 - 29

A collective effort, alive with color, hope, and memory.

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Pam Tanowitz: Time is forever dividing itself toward innumerable futures

June 18 & 19, 7:45 p.m.

Dancing the web of time in Nelson A. Rockefeller Park. Conceived with Sara Mearns.

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NIC KAY: pushit!!

June 20

A meditation on emotional labor and the impossibility of the “stage” as a place of freedom for the Black performer.

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Workspace Open Studios

June 21 from 6-9 p.m. & June 22 from 1 - 8 p.m.

Taking a closer look at the creative process behind the scenes.

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Sarah Michelson:


June 24 & 26

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Jennifer Monson/iLAND: ditch

June 23 at Sunrise, June 26 & 28 at 7 p.m.

Moving with the rhythms, tones and spatial inflections of the river’s edge.

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Ernesto Pujol: The Listening School

June 24 - 26, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

A response to the urgent need to listen empathically, across Lower Manhattan's urban riverbeds.

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Ernesto Pujol: The Listeners

June 27, 9 p.m.

Performance as a listening vessel, embodying stillness and reclaiming space.

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Black Gotham Experience: Sarah's Fire

June 25, 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

A walking tour illustrates the peculiar universe of urban slavery in 1600s New York.

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Carol Becker & Mark Epstein: The Agitated Now

June 27, 7 p.m.

Exploring presence in these fast-paced contemporary realities.

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Rooftop Films: The Sound of Silence

June 28, 8 - 11 p.m.

Cinema under the stars.

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R2R Closing Day: WorldPride NYC Celebration

June 29, 11 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

Two events celebrating WorldPride

For kids: Drag Queen Story Hour, a glamorously gender-fluid full-color reading rainbow for kids! 

For everyone: Workshop on the Street by House of Trees, a colorful, banner making workshop and block party celebrating art and activism.

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Elia Alba: The Supper Club

The dinner party everyone's talking about.

Ezra Wube: Fulton Flow

Stop-motion animation and non-stop motion in Fulton Center.

Tribeca Art + Culture Night

Celebrating culture at large in Tribeca.

iLANDing Workshop

Researching Urban Ecologies with movement based scores.

Talk with BGX Creator Artist Kamau Ware

Fireside chat on artists, space, and the evolution of Black Gotham Experience.

Night at the Museums

Free admission to cultural institutions and museums downtown.