An Annual Festival Celebrating Arts and Activism across Greenwich Village and the East Village

Two Weeks: September 14 through 28, 2024

 Our Mission

To celebrate the cultural legacy of Greenwich Village and the East Village/Lower East Side, energizing their spirit of art and social activism for a new era.

 Cannabis + Creativity

On Tuesday, May 14, a FREE screening of Elana Frankel’s short documentary on six people who use cannabis to enhance their creativity, followed by a discussion with the director and some of the people featured in the film. Presented in conjunction with The Travel Agency, a cannabis store.  Find out more and book tickets >>

Call for Entries: Framing the Village Exhibition 2024

Call for entries for a group exhibition of paintings, drawings, and photography on the theme of Identity. How has the Village/ East Village formed you, shaped your identity? All mediums including photography are welcome. The exhibition is being curated by long-time Village artist Marc Kehoe. Deadline Monday, July 1, 2024. Read more >>

Images: Marc Kehoe/Dan Connelly/NYPL


Less than six months to go before The Village Trip 2024 and we will soon have lots to tell you! For now, just an amuse-bouche to tickle the taste buds.

Lead Belly Film posterLead Belly

We’re thrilled to present the New York City premiere of Lead Belly: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll. Directed by Curt Hahn, the documentary features interviews with Lead Belly's niece, Tiny Robinson, plus Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte, Odetta, Joan Baez, Jerry Lee Lewis, Willie Nelson, Paul McCartney, and Alan Lomax, who recorded Huddie Ledbetter (as he was known then) in Angola Penitentiary. The event will feature Lead Belly’s great nephew Alvin Singh II in conversation.

Laura Nyro posterLaura Nyro

We will also showcase the work of Laura Nyro, described by Bette Midler as “a complete original…. the essence of New York City: passionate, romantic, ethereal, eternal.” Nyro died tragically young, but her music lives on, especially in the work of Diane Garisto, an original member of Nyro’s celebrated Harmony Group, who toured and recorded with her extensively. Stoned Soul Picnic: The Laura Nyro Project, featuring a supergroup of some of New York’s finest musicians, will be presented in the resonant surroundings of the Bitter End.

Shakespeare in the Park posterShakespeare in the Park at 70

A very special event at Joe’s Pub will sound a birthday fanfare for Shakespeare in the Park at 70, which began life as the New York Shakespeare Festival, a series of workshops and free performances in the Lower East Side. The evening will feature Gail Papp, widow of Joseph Papp, and a key player in the development of the Public Theater, and David Amram, Artist Emeritus of The Village Trip who, from 1956-68, wrote scores for Papp’s nascent festival.

James Baldwin photo Allan WarrenJames Baldwin 100

And we will be honoring the centennial of James Baldwin, novelist, poet, playwright, prolific essayist and, of course, brave fighter for civil and gay rights with a program of events that will explore Baldwin and his work. Baldwin was one of the inaugural fifty American "pioneers, trailblazers, and heroes" inducted on the National LGBTQ Wall of Honor within the Stonewall National Monument. James Baldwin 100 will be a celebration in words and music, and will be part of a series of events exploring the Harlem Renaissance. Get ready to take the A-Train!

Stay tuned for la grande buffet that is The Village Trip 2024. You won’t go hungry!

Review of The Village Trip in 2023

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Check out these videos by award-winning Spanish filmmaker Veronica Vigil

Catch up with the growing collection of Village Trip “shorts” on our dedicated
YouTube channel. Just released: Let Freedom Ring, an evocative film capturing key moments in our acclaimed multimedia theater piece honoring the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington by award-winning filmmaker Veronica Vigil.

See you at The Village Trip 2024

September 14 through 28

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The Travel Agency - a cannabis store

This project is made possible in part with funds from Creative Engagement, a regrant program supported by The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) in partnership with the City Council; The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; and the Howard Gilman Foundation, and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC).

The Village Trip Mission Statement

To celebrate the cultural legacy of Greenwich Village and the East Village/Lower East Side, energizing their spirit of art and social activism for a new era.

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