A 17-day celebration of the cultural legacy of Greenwich Village and the East Village, two of New York’s most celebrated neighborhoods.

  • The festival will honor the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington and the ongoing struggle for freedom, equality, and social justice for all
  • September 10 will celebrate Ukrainian culture with a day-long series of fundraising and musical events, closing with the US debut of Odesa band KOMMUNA LUX
  • Free concert in Washington Square Park with people of Earth, The Peace Poets and BETTY

New York, NY, August 14, 2023 – Get ready for an unforgettable experience as The Village Trip returns for its fifth annual festival celebrating arts and activism across Greenwich Village and the East Village. From September 8 through September 24, more than sixty events will energize Downtown Manhattan in a diverse family-friendly program that reflects and honors the free-spirited creativity that for more than a century has made the neighborhood a truly global village and the birthplace of so many shape-shifting movements in both the arts and civil society.

Music is at the heart of The Village Trip and the festival once again showcases a rich roster of performers who together symbolize what Maestro Leonard Bernstein called “the infinite variety of music.” In addition to the folk, rock, hip-hop and jazz so readily associated with the Village, an eclectic and wide-ranging classical and new music program will feature world-class performances by established and up-and-coming talent, and world premieres of compositions by Victoria Bond, Carman Moore, Aleksandra Vrebalov and Errollyn Wallen, all rooted in the Village. Two contrasting concerts mark Rosh Hashanah: At the first, Grammy-garlanded Janis Siegel and friends will present a unique evening of Yiddish classics with a backbeat. At the second, Avram Pengas and David Amram will lead an exuberant celebration of Jewish roots music and its wide-ranging influence. All of this honors the Lower East Side’s legacy of immigrants enriching our culture.

New at this year’s festival: Film and photography, stand-up comedy, and a children’s program, “Songwriting to Save the World” with David Roth.

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