The Citiblog

February 25, 2021, 6:12.30 pm ET


Illustration: Ceylan A. Sahin Eker

On April 7, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts will launch Restart Stages, a sweeping initiative that will create 10 outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces as well as other outdoor civic venues to help kickstart the performing arts sector and contribute to the revival of New York City. All offerings will occur outdoors with safety protocols in place for artists, audiences, and staff.

The Restart Stages venues will include a cabaret-style stage on Hearst Plaza, a dedicated family and kids' areas with arts activities for young people, a space for public school graduations, and an outdoor reading room, created in partnership with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Artistic programming will feature Lincoln Center’s world-class constituent organizations, including outdoor performances by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, film screenings from Film at Lincoln Center, a concert and cabaret series by Lincoln Center Theater, and dance workshops from New York City Ballet.

In addition, the project will include a wide range of cultural and community partners and guest curators, including the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, Harlem Week and the Harlem Arts Alliance, Korean Cultural Center New York and Weeksville Heritage Center.

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