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June 2015

Summer 2015 CATCH-Up: NYC Folk Arts “Gab-Fest”

June 25, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lore, 56 E 1st St,
New York , NY 10010 United States
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We intend this meeting to be the first of a quarterly get together of NYC folklorists. As some of you know, the organization CATCH (Center for Art, Tradition and Cultural Heritage) was formed originally to look for a building that would house the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, City Lore and World Music, among others.  While this remains a long term goal, the organization does have non profit status and we are using it to develop collaborative initiatives. We thought…

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August 2015

Heritage Sunday at Lincoln Center Out of Doors

August 2, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

A dynamic commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Hart-Celler Act, a landmark immigration bill that forever changed the demographic makeup of America.

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November 2015

What We Bring: Talks and Performances Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Hart-Cellar Immigration Reform Act

November 24, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue between 35th and 36th Streets
New York , NY United States
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he panel will include short talks by Nancy Foner (The Graduate Center), Ray Allen (Brooklyn College), and Jack Tchen (NYU), with performances by Colombian vocalist and cuatro player Johanna Castañeda and harpist Vidal Garzón; Gambian kora player and jali (praise singer) Alhaji Papa Susso

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December 2015

Reform @ 50: Colombian Migrations and Identities in NYC since Hart Celler Act of 1965

December 12, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Queens Museum of Art, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park,
Flushing, NY 11368 United States
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The Hart-Celler, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965, fundamentally changed the demographics of our nation. Still the foundation of immigration law today, the legislation brought in tens of millions of people from Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Caribbean, phasing out the 1920s quota system, which had sealed the borders to everyone but northern Europeans. This program focuses on musical migrations post-Hart-Celler to note cultural contributions by Colombian musicians and how they illuminate the current discussion…

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February 2016

Central Asian Music & Culture in New York -members of Ensemble Shashmaqam and Speaker: Evan Rapport, Ph.D.(The New School)

February 25, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Coney Island Public Library, 1901 Mermaid Ave. (Near W. 19th St.)
Brooklyn, NY 11224 United States
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Free Lecture/Performance of Central Asian Music & Culture in New York, Performance by Members of Ensemble Shashmaqam, Speaker: Evan Rapport, Ph.D.(The New School). Part of a series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Hart-Celler Immigration Act of 1965 presented by The Center for Traditional Music and Dance, City Lore & The Center for Art, Tradition and Cultural Heritage

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May 2016

Mad Hatters: New York Hats & Hatmakers

May 19, 2016 @ 8:00 am - July 31, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
City Lore, 56 E 1st St,
New York , NY 10010 United States
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City Lore Gallery is open 2 – 6pm Thursday through Friday and 12 – 6pm on weekends. To visit at other times or to schedule group visits, please email Abby Ronner at [email protected] Exhibits are free and open to the public.  City Lore is pleased to announce its Spring 2016 exhibition, Mad Hatters: New York Hats and Hatmakers at its East Village gallery and cultural center on First Street with an opening reception on Thursday, May 19th from 7-9pm. In New…

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March 2017

Songs of the Borderlands: Village Songs of Polesia

March 12, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Playwrights Downtown, 440 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10004
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$15

Dmitri Slepovitch CATCH and Ukrainian Village Voices are pleased to present Songs of the Borderlands: Village Songs of Polesia at Playwrights Downtown Theater featuring Belarussian musician/ethnomusicologist Dmitri Slepovitch, Ph.D. of the Litvakus Ensemble. Includes a concert and vocal workshop. Presenting partners: Ukrainian Village Voices, Center for Traditional Music and Dance and Direct Cultural Access.

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May 2017

Music of the Crimean Tatars

May 10, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ukrainian Museum, 222 E 6th St
New York, NY 10003 United States
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$12

Nariman Asanov Join the Nariman Asanov Trio (Nariman Asanov - violin, Patrick Farrell - accordion and Lennur Mamudov - percussion) for an amazing evening of firery Crimean Tatar fiddle music. Born in Uzbekistan as part of the large expatriate Tatar community, Asanov leads an amazing local ensemble that is carrying on Tatar traditions in the US.

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Evening of Albanian Music Featuring Merita Halili and Raif Hyseni

May 12, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver St
New York, NY 10004 United States
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$20

Merita Halili is one of Albania's top performers, renowned for her stunning voice, prodigious range and exquisite vocal technique. Raif Hyseni, originally from the Republic of Kosova, leads the most sought-after Albanian music ensemble in the United States. Together their performances thrill with masterful interpretations of instrumentals and urban folk songs from both Albania and the Republic of Kosova. Produced in partnership with Alwan for the Arts, Traditional Crossroads and the Center for Traditional Music and Dance. Admission: $20, $15…

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August 2017

Echoes of the Revolution at NY Public Library Performing Arts

August 6, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
NY Performing Arts Library, 111 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10023 United States
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Free

Cheres Ukrainian Folk Orchestra From Tirana to Tashkent! With the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Soviet state, we explore the transformation of music and dance traditions under socialist states and how leading contemporary artists are working to reclaim & reinvigorate these genres. With Albanian superstars Merita Halili & Raif Hyseni (Steve Kotansky dance leader), Dancing Crane Georgian Dance and Cheres Ukrainian Folk Ensemble. At the New York Public Library's Performing Arts Division (111 Amsterdam Ave./Lincoln Center's Hearst Stage). Admission…

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September 2017

NY Voices / NY Votes! on the Brighton Beach Boardwalk!

September 9, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Brighton Beach Boardwalk – Gazebo by Brighton 4th Street, 601 Riegelmann Boardwalk
Brooklyn, NY 11235 United States
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Free

New York Voices, New York Votes. Join us for a celebration of the centennial of women's right to vote in New York State with a series of festivals combining performing arts and voter registration! Join us in partnership with New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), Center for Traditional Music an Dance and Common Cause New York for NY Voices/NY Votes, pop-up community festivals in Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Queens. In addition to local craft demonstrations and voter registration tables, each event will…

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Russian and Soviet Art Songs

September 14, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Jalopy Theatre, 315 Columbia St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231
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$15

Born in Soviet Tatarstan, the UK-based singer/pianist Polina Shephard teams up with GRAMMY-winning vocalist Lorin Sklamberg of The Klezmatics to present a melange of Russian Art songs (Romance), folk and Soviet melodies in Yiddish, bilingual Odessa songs, Russian lyrics put to klezmer tunes, Soviet collective farm songs from a century ago and original material exploring the connection between the Steppes and the Shtetl. Presented in partnership with the New York Klezmer Series as part of the Echoes of the Revolution…

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November 2017

Songs of Kyiv’s Romani Theatre

November 9, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Playwrights Downtown, 440 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10004
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$15

In this vocal workshop, educator and musician Dr. Petra Gelbart will look to Kyiv’s legendary Romani theatre ensemble for a selection of folk and stage songs in Romani, a language that originated in India – the motherland of all Roma. Participants will sing together in the centuries-old Romani choral tradition. $15 adults, $10 students & seniors, children free. At Playwrights Rehearsal Studios, Room 4A, 440 Lafayette St., Manhattan. Presented in partnership with Ukrainian Village Voices, Center for Traditional Music and…

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December 2017

Hanukkah Songs Featuring Eleonore Biezunski

December 3, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Midwood Library, 975 East 16th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11230
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Free

Jewish Songs for Children and the Whole Family Brooklyn-based singer/violinist Eléonore Biezunski presents a concert of Hanukkah songs in Yiddish, Russian and English as well as spirited klezmer music that young audiences and families of all backgrounds will enjoy. Celebrate the Festival of Lights with a wonderful afternoon of multilingual Jewish music. Free admission! Programmed in conjunction with Echoes of the Revolution.

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The Queens Silk Road – Tour of the Bukharian Community + Concert!

December 17, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
$36

CATCH is delighted to invite you to join us in exploring the Bukharian community of Queens, NY– known to locals as Regostan Park (Rego Park) and Bukharian Broadway. Learn about the Jewish community that lived for over 2000 years on the Silk Road in cities such as Samarkand, Dunshabe and Tashkent. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the community has resettled in large diasporic enclaves in Queens and Israel, we’ll explore how community members continue to preserve unique Central…

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Goyfriend – Jewish/Slavic Intercultural Dialog in Song!

December 25, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Town and Village Synagogue, 334 East 14th Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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$20

CATCH and the Yiddish New York Festival are excited to feature an evening of music by leading emerging artists in the international klezmer scene. Goyfriend/Друг-Гой (awesome name!) is an exciting new collaboration exploring Jewish/Slavic intercultural dialog through song by the Litvakus Ensemble, led by charismatic Belarussian-Jewish clarinetist Zisl Slepovitch and the divine Berlin-based, Latvian-Yiddish chanteuse Sasha Lurje. The evening also features a rising new force on the Brooklyn Yiddish music scene – Tsibele. Yes, that means “onions” in Slavic languages and Yiddish, and this band lives up…

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April 2018

What We Bring: New Immigrant Gifts Exhibition Opening

April 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lore, 56 E 1st St,
New York , NY 10010 United States
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Free

Spotlighting the Contributions of Artists from New York City's Immigrant Communities What We Bring: New Immigrant Gifts adds to the national dialogue on immigration, bringing in to focus the cultural contributions of new immigrants.  With this exhibition, we mark the 50th anniversary of the Hart-Celler Immigration and Nationality Act, implemented in 1968, which inaugurated a new era of immigration from Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean. What We Bring celebrates the rich layers of creativity, tradition, and increased cultural diversity that the…

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September 2018

Soorya Festival

September 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Faber Park, Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, 10302 United States
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The Soorya (Sun) Festival is a night-long festival celebrating the cultures and traditions of Sri Lanka along Staten Island’s North Shore waterfront. Festival programming begins at dusk, as Faber Park is transformed into an island wonderland via an opening procession, elaborate decorations, and illuminated installations. Internationally recognized performers and artisans from Sri Lanka will make this a night to remember! Festival programming includes: Live Music, Dance, and Theater performances Smorgasbord of Sri Lankan Eats Interactive Instrument, Textile, Mask and Lantern…

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March 2019

La Patronal in Concert

March 26, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Drom, 85 Avenue A
New York, NY 10003
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$15

La Patronal is a unique brass band rooted in the traditions of the ‘fiestas populares’ and ‘patronales’ from the Andes in South America.

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July 2019

Nrutha Haramba Sara: Pahim Path Mangalya II

July 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10314 United States
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$20

In August 2014, the Sri Lankan Dance Academy of NY conducted the first ever Pahim Path Mangalya held in the United States, graduating a cohort of senior dancers on to the next level in Kandyan dance. On July 27th, 2019 SLDA will be graduating their next group of 9 dancers. After undertaking years of training, they are rewarded with this ceremony, where a distinguished headdress is placed on their heads, and are ordained to perform dance rituals before stepping foot…

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Heritage Sunday

July 28, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hearst Plaza at Lincoln Center, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY
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Free

Made in NYC 2.0 calls upon next-generation practitioners inheriting the city’s soundscape with increasingly New York–formed traditions and stories.

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November 2019

Soorya NYC Festival

November 17, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
New Dorp Moravian Church, 2205 Richmond Road
Staten Island, NY 10306 United States
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Free

Featuring the exquisite Sri Lankan Dance Academy, singer Sharaanya Pillai, kavi poet Seetha Wickramasuriya, and other live performances rooted in diverse Sri Lankan traditions.

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December 2019

Jewish Silk Road Tours™: Bukharian Community Queens Walking Tour

December 16, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Embark on a walking tour of several fascinating neighborhoods in Queens, NY!

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March 2020

Jewish Silk Road Tours™: Bukharian Community Tour in Rego Park

March 29, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Bukharian Jewish Community Center, 10616 70th Ave
Forest Hills, Queens, NY United States
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$62 – $72

Learn about the Jewish community that had lived along the Silk Road, for over 2000 years. Look at the period of Jewish emigration from Central Asia, and visit one and only Bukharian Jewish Museum to understand the essence of the Bukharian Jewish culture.

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