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Culture Shock: The High Line Season Kick Off

Friends of the High Line will host more engaging, community-focused free programming than ever in 2017 with an all-new line-up of performers for its most popular programs, as well as the return of favorites including Latin dance night ¡Arriba!, monthly family festival series “Make It!”, and well-being classes. Debuting April 22, the 2017 season will make the High Line a community destination and cultural venue where New Yorkers can come together to see the unexpected.

“Our programming brings together a diverse mix of well-known local artists and up-and-coming personalities who are meant to inspire our visitors,” said Solana Chehtman, Friends of the High Line Associate Director of Public Programs. “We want our neighbors and New Yorkers in general to come to the High Line to experience unique performances in one of the most unique spaces in the city—and to feel like the High Line is a go-to place for engaging, thought-provoking experiences.”

The season kicks off on Saturday, April 22, from 1 PM–6 PM, with our second annual Culture Shock—an only-on-the-High-Line celebration of spring that will bring the park to life with music, performances, and family activities.

Visitors will experience an afternoon of music acts including Brooklyn Raga Massive and Chargaux (at 14th Street), as well as a comedy set by Maysoon Zayid, a series of personal stories about the outdoors told by collective Queer Memoir, and a live version of the popular podcast For Colored Nerds by co-hosts Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings (at 16th Street).  

For families, fun and educational age-specific activities will be available all day to engage kids and parents, and kid-friendly music performances by a Brazilian folk group and Natalia “Saw Lady” Paruz will inspire children as they build (at 23rd Street).

Culture Shock audiences will also be among the first visitors to view High Line Art’s new exhibition, Mutations. And they can stop by the High Line’s Chelsea Market Passage for sweet and savory delights from our High Line Food vendors including Melt, La Sonrisa, and People’s Pops.


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