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Thanks to everyone who came to The Village Trip 2023

Rain rather impertinently stopped play on the final weekend of The Village Trip 2023, washing away our signature free concert in Washington Square Park with People of Earth, The Peace Poets and BETTY. But even if the sun wasn’t obliging, our fifth festival was a great success, some 65 events across Greenwich Village and the East Village attracting rainbow-colored audiences of young and old who came to enjoy and celebrate all the great riches that Downtown Manhattan has to offer.


We don’t have space to mention all the highlights, but here are a few: Sell-out events at Joe’s Pub featured musicians Jamie Bernstein, Michael Kelly, Janis Siegel, Yaron Gershovsky and John di Martino, and theater producer Gail Merrifield Papp who, with her late husband Joe Papp, birthed the Public Theater. Celebrate Ukraine, a day-long musical fundraiser for the Ukraine Children’s Action Project showcased some wonderful young musicians playing for Ukraine, and Kommuna Lux a band whose unique brand of “Odesa gangsta folk” got everyone dancing.

Two events marking Rosh Hashanah honored the Jewish traditions that have so influenced music around the world. Terri Thal and friends Tom Paxton and Happy Traum packed the Bitter End for an evening of songs and stories from the heyday of the Village folk scene, while the inimitable Julie Gold held everyone spellbound with a recital at Greenwich House Music School. And Jazz for Justice was an all-star jam in aid of Keith LaMar, who has spent more than three decades on death row for a crime he didn’t commit.


An innovative program of classical and new music featured several exciting premieres, among them new works by Victoria Bond, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Carman Moore, and Errolyn Wallen, performed by a roster of top-flight musicians, including Joseph Keckler, Kees Weiringa and The Horszowski Trio. A salute to Joan Tower, who poignantly debuted a new composition in memory of her late husband Jeff Litfin, celebrated women composers, and another paid homage to the innovative music and vibrant culture of Loisaida – the Lower East Side. And the festival’s opening event, running from 6am to 8pm, was a piano relay performance of Erik Satie’s Vexations, a composition comprising 840 repetitions that John Cage first presented in the East Village 60 years ago. David del Tredici, who performed then, was present to hear his long-time collaborator Marc Peloquin play the final repetitions.


This year’s festival offered art, film, walks and talks throughout its 17 days. In myriad ways, The Village Trip lived up to its mission as a festival of arts and activism. At the historic Great Hall of Cooper Union where the NAACP was born and Lincoln and Obama spoke, David Deblinger and Daniel Carlton created a magnificent and moving tribute in words, music and dance to the March on Washington and the ongoing fight for equality and social justice. The evening ended with the audience on its feet, cheering as Peter Yarrow, who organized the music for the historic 1963 March and sang from the Lincoln Memorial as part of Peter, Paul and Mary, led everyone in a rousing rendition of “If I Had a Hammer.”


The next day Peter wrote, praising the “creativity, determination and leadership” of the festival, adding:

“Making this kind of an effort is the lifeblood of all of our attempts to dig ourselves out of the very depressing and worrisome hole that we are in now. I firmly believe that what you are doing is precisely what will help us to bring our strength, our determination, and our souls together. We cannot fight hatred with returned animosity and anger; we can only bring light and love that can push away the darkness and illuminate the goodness in all of us. That is the work of the arts and that is what you are doing, so, hooray! kudos! wonderful!”

Thank you, Peter! You have fought the good fight for many decades, so your words have special significance.

Thank you to everyone who made it happen. Our civic and business partners, our board, our small creative team, our donors and volunteers – and all our wonderful performers and artists and tour guides. It wouldn’t be the same without you!

And, thanks to all those who came to Village Trip events – it was wonderful to meet and talk to so many of you. Feel free to email and share your thoughts.

If you believe in our mission of shining a light in the darkness, please support The Village Trip. We are now a 501c3 non-profit and we need to reach $25,000 in new funds raised by the close of the year to make our first matching grant towards The Village Trip 2024, which will run from September 14-28. Make a donation and your gift will be matched dollar for dollar – up to $25,000 – by one of The Village Trip's generous board members. Your support is essential for us to continue producing a festival that captures the spirit of Greenwich Village, so please give whatever you can afford. We can’t wait to see you as we all “march on!”

Thanks, and stay tuned!


In addition to The Village Trip’s own chronicle of the festival, we are thrilled to be able to feature portfolios by three distinguished Village-based photographers.

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Cristina Arrigoni

Cristina Arrigoni has long been fascinated by the photographic pioneers of the past century. Having also been passionate about the blues, she’s travelled the world photographing live performance, developing a unique photographic style and a knack for creative post-production. In love with Dalì and the Surrealists, Cristina has created a highly pictorial and multilayered approach that pushes her images into the realm of illustration. Her work been published in books and on record covers and in Rolling Stone and El Pais.

Maria Passanante-Derr

Maria Passannante-Derr was born and raised in Greenwich Village and continues her family tradition of political and community service and business ownership, managing her own law firm. She became fascinated by photography as a teenager, building her own darkroom, but put photography aside while she furthered her law career. A Saraha sunset reawakened her interest. “It was then and there that I made the commitment to become a photographer. I have steadily moved forward and not looked back since.”

Jamie Kalikow

Jamie Kalikow is a City-based photographer specializing in music and street photography. She graduated from Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications with a degree in photojournalism. Directly after graduating, she moved to Greenwich Village and has maintained an apartment on Bleecker Street since 1979. From the late 1970s till the present, she has photographed the streets of New York City and in the last decade photographed and videotaped over a thousand NYC music events.



Seventeen days of music, literature, tours, talks, architecture, comedy, food and more.


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The Village Trip Mission Statement

To uplift, to entertain and to celebrate the arts for all New Yorkers, their families and all people from around the world who come to visit Downtown Manhattan’s special oases, Greenwich Village and the East Village.