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Arts & Cultural Events


Saturday, April 23, 2016
12 – 4pm
On the High Line from Gansevoort to West 26th Street

Join us as we welcome spring and kick off our amazing 2016 programming season with this joyous, one-of-a-kind celebration. All the way from Gansevoort Street to West 26th Street, performances by a diverse group of local artists, representing a wide variety of genres, will bring the High Line to life. Music, dance, poetry, comedy, storytelling, and spoken word will unite to make the entire day unforgettable.


1:00 Daniel Goode and the Flexible Orchestra: March along with a unique band that consists of 30 car hub-caps, a clarinet, a trombone, and an accordion.

12:00 – 4:00 Mobile Mondays! – Shake your moneymaker! This DJ dance party features all 45’s with Joey Carvello & DJ Misbehaviour.

12:45 and 1:45 Heidi Latsky Dance: Looking for something a little provocative? This contemporary dance piece/living sculpture garden focuses on themes of inclusion and beauty.

2:30 Other Voices: Broaden your child’s mind with this bilingual (English and American Sign Language) performance inspired by stories created with students from PS 347 The American Sign Language and English Lower School.

2:45 Nat Towsen’s High Line Variety Hour: Expand your New York City knowledge with host and native New Yorker, Nat Towsen, as he welcomes comedians, artists, and local luminaries for a variety show celebrating downtown NYC!

12:00 – 4:00 Calling All Parties: Kids, be a super hero for the day in this interactive, fun super hero experience.

12:15 Brad Gooch, Susie Ibarra, Paolo Javier, Yusef Komunyakaa, David Mason: Relish this electric fusion of poetry, music, and dance in this celebration of the High Line and its surroundings.

1:30 Caridad de la Luz, Bonafide Rojas, Emanuel Xavier: Join us for inspirational and passionate spoken word performances by today’s leading Nuyorican poets.

3:00 t’ai freedom ford, Val Jeanty, Jadele McPherson, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs: Join us for a music and poetry celebration of Jayne Cortez.

12:30 and 2:00 ¡Acopladitos!: Dance and sing along in this bilingual (English and Spanish) musical concert for families.

12:00 – 4:00 Towers! Bridges! Monsters!: Children of all ages can build and play with LEGO® bricks all day.

12:30 and 2:00 High Line Art: Get an in-depth tour of High Line Art’s current exhibitions, led by High Line Curator Melanie Kress. Sign up for the tour here.

12:45 and 2:15 Academy of American Poets: West Village poetry tour. Poet Matthew Thorburn will lead the 12:45 PM tour and poet Lynn Melnick will lead the 2:15 PM tour. Groups will depart from the Gansevoort Street entrance of the High Line. Sign up for the tour here.

Take a pic with Tony Matelli’s
Sleepwalker to win a prize!

Savory and sweet food vendors, in the Chelsea Market Passage, at West 15th Street.

ASL interpreters will be available at the visitor information stations on the High Line at Gansevoort Street and at 16th Street. Interpretation will also be available at several performances throughout the program. Special thanks to ASL English Interpretation program (AEIP) at CUNY/ LaGuardia for providing this service.

Poetry tour presented in partnership with the Academy of American Poets.


Culture Shock is generously supported by Adam Norbury & R. Martin Chavez.

Public Programs on the High Line are supported by Altman Foundation. These programs are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

Major support for High Line Families comes from Deutsche Bank. These programs are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council – with special thanks to Council Member Corey Johnson, Council Member Mark Levine, and the Manhattan Delegation of the City Council.

MetLife Foundation is a Supporting Sponsor of High Line Families.