Announcing 24th Annual Red Hook Fest

Contact: Heather Harvey
(718) 643-6790
heather@dtetc.org 

Dance Theatre Etcetera Presents the

24th Annual Red Hook Fest

Friday, June 9th to Saturday, June 10th, 2017

 Live Music & Dance on the Beautiful Brooklyn Waterfront

Opening Night Community Cook Out and DJ Dance Party:
Friday, June 9, 2017 (5:30pm-8:30pm)
P.S. 15/Patrick F. Daly School (71 Sullivan St, Brooklyn)

Festival Main Stage Events: Saturday, June 10, 2017 (2pm-7pm)
@ Louis J. Valentino, Jr. Park & Pier
(Coffey & Ferris Streets, Brooklyn) 

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Every year the harbor-side neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn comes together for a summer jump-off. The Red Hook Fest features a lineup of professional bands and dance companies, plus free activities for all ages like kayak rides in New York Harbor, face-painting, and an interactive scavenger hunt.

The 24th annual Red Hook Fest features an exciting lineup of artists, including musical spoken word duo Climbing PoeTree, theatrical contemporary dance group The Dash Ensemble, Princess Grace Award-winning choreographer Loni Landon and the Loni Landon Dance Project, and the electrifying Dabka and Zaffa team Freedom Dabka Group.

The Festival brings out more than 3,500 people throughout the weekend, both local residents and travelers from near and far. The largest single event each year in Red Hook, the festival highlights a one-of-a-kind Brooklyn neighborhood filled with art galleries, great food, and beautiful urban landscapes.

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For more information, visit: www.redhookfest.com
or heather@dtetc.org (718-643-6790)

For hi-res images of 2017 artists and previous Red Hook Fests, visit: Dropbox

Climbing PoeTree

DTE produces 24th Annual Red Hook Fest featuring Climbing PoeTree

Dance Theatre Etcetera is happy to announcing that musical spoken word duo, Climbing PoeTree will be performing at this year’s Red Hook Fest: We Push Forward.


Over the last 13 years, Climbing PoeTree has infused our movements for justice with healing and imagination, inspiring thousands through their award-winning multimedia theater, dual-voice spoken word, visual art, sustainable touring, and community organizing. Co-creators Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman are cultural architects committed to reframing the story through multi-voice spoken word, hip hop, world music, and multimedia theater that translate deep research around the most pressing issues of our time into stunning artistry that catalyzes their audiences to activate the transformation they wish to cultivate within themselves and their communities.

Alixa and Naima have independently organized 30 national and international tours, taking their work from South Africa to Cuba, the UK to Mexico, and throughout the U.S. including 11,000 miles toured on a bus converted to run on recycled vegetable oil. Climbing PoeTree has been experienced at diverse venues from the Brooklyn Academy of Music to the United Nations, Harvard University to Rikers Island Prison.

They have been featured alongside powerhouses such as Alice Walker, Danny Glover, Cornel West, Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, Little Dragon, Naomi Klein, and Angela Davis, who remarked, “Each time I have the pleasure of attending a performance by Climbing PoeTree, I feel enriched, renewed, and inspired. Alixa and Naima insist that poetry can change the world — and it is true that the urgency, power, and beauty of their words impel us to keep striving for the radical futures toward which they gesture.”

Learn more about Climbing PoeTree
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Soundcloud | YouTube

See Climbing PoeTree perform during the Red Hook Fest main stage event, Saturday, June 10 from 2-7pm at Louis J. Valentino Park & Pier at Coffey & Ferris Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn!

The Dash Ensemble

Dance Theatre Etcetera produces 24th annual Red Hook Fest featuring The Dash Ensemble

Dance Theatre Etcetera is happy to announcing that contemporary dance group, The Dash Ensemble will be performing at this year’s Red Hook Fest: We Push Forward.

The DASH Ensemble is a New York City-based contemporary dance group founded and directed by Gregory Dolbashian. Combining elements of modern, hip hop, floor work and physical theater Dolbashian has created his own unique style of contemporary dance with an urban flair. The DASH seeks to bring out relatable human elements in all of its work using its complex and challenging movement language to express ideas about growth, love, loss, war, and determination.

With a group of incredibly diverse artists both in style and cultures, Dolbashian pulls from the specialties of each artist to help create the fusions of styles that the DASH exhibits. These skills range from breakdancing, flexing, contemporary floor work, intricate partnering, and even a touch of classicism. The DASH gets its name from the belief as follows:

OUR CODE
Birthdate (–) Death Date and that dash in between those is your lifespan. Life is The DASH, and everything that we focus our work on is about that life. Our work depicts our life, and the events that occur in it, no matter how big or how small always feel epic, and it is that feeling that we aim to deliver throughout our performance work.

Learn more about The Dash Ensemble
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

See The Dash Ensemble perform during the Red Hook Fest main stage event, Saturday, June 10 from 2-7pm at Louis J. Valentino Park & Pier at Coffey & Ferris Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn!

The Loni Landon Dance Project

Dance Theatre Etcetera produces 24th Annual Red Hook Fest featuring Loni Landon Dance Project

Dance Theatre Etcetera is happy to announcing that contemporary dance group, Loni Landon Dance Project will be performing at this year’s Red Hook Fest: We Push Forward.


Loni Landon Dance Project is a New York City-based contemporary dance company that creates and performs original works by artistic director Loni Landon.  LLDP is known for creating lush, innovative movement full of subtle detail and sophistication, and maintaining a highly charged emotional current throughout. Upholding to the integrity of the movement itself, LLDP’s works search for honest reaction and expression while shedding the performance persona.

Learn more about Loni Landon Dance Group
Website | Facebook | Twitter | InstagramYouTube

See The Loni Landon Dance Project perform during the Red Hook Fest main stage event, Saturday, June 10 from 2-7pm at Louis J. Valentino Park & Pier at Coffey & Ferris Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn!

The Freedom Dabka Group

Dance Theatre Etcetera produces 24th annual Red Hook fest featuring The Freedom Dabka Group

Dance Theatre Etcetera is happy to announcing that dabka team, The Freedom Dabka Group will be performing at this year’s Red Hook Fest: We Push Forward.

The Freedom Dabka Group is a professional dabka and zaffa team. We are a group of young talented individuals, whom enjoy performing our ancestral folklore. Freedom Dabka Group, established in 2011, has gradually gained popularity within all Arab and non-Arab communities.

We perform at various major events, weddings, and special parties. Our performances remain at a professional standard, offering a ton of excitement and high-energy.

What is Dabka?

Dabka is an Arabic folklore popular within most Arab countries. It originated from Bilad-Alsham, which includes Palestine, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. Dabka is a rhythmic dance that is performed by a group of people who swing their legs and stomp their feet in synchronization.  Dabka is performed differently within Arabic countries and villages. There are many types of Dabkas, but the Shamilyah has always been the most well-known and performed. Whether or not Dabka is performed amongst common people or professional groups like ourselves, it has always been the most exciting part of every wedding or event.

Learn more about The Freedom Dabka Group
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

See The Freedom Dabka Group perform and join in their exciting community workshop during the Red Hook Fest main stage event, Saturday, June 10 from 2-7pm at Louis J. Valentino Park & Pier at Coffey & Ferris Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn!

RHF 2016 Press Release

Red Hook Fest 2016 Press Release

Dance Theatre Etcetera Presents the 23rd Annual Red Hook Fest

Thursday, June 9th to Saturday, June 11th, 2016

Live Music & Dance on the Beautiful Brooklyn Waterfront

Opening Night Happy Hour:

Thursday, June 9, 2016 (6:00pm-8:00pm)

@ Hometown Bar-B-Que (454 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn)

Community Cook Out and DJ Dance Party:

Friday, June 10, 2016 (6:00pm-8:00pm)

PS 15 (71 Sullivan St, Brooklyn)

Festival Main Stage Events: Saturday, June 11, 2016 (12pm-7pm) (Rain date June 12)

@ Louis J. Valentino, Jr. Park & Pier

(Coffey & Ferris Streets, Brooklyn)

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Every year the harbor-side neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn comes together for a summer jump-off. The Red Hook Fest features a global lineup of extraordinarily talented bands and dance companies, plus free activities for all ages like kayak rides in New York Harbor, face-painting, and an interactive scavenger hunt.

This year’s festival has a stellar line-up of artists, including reggae band Meta and The Cornerstones, Afro-modern hip-hop choreographer Francine E. Ott/The Walk, Japanese women drum ensemble Cobu, Afro-Cuban jazz and tap dance master Max Pollak/RumbaTap, and flex dance pioneer Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray and D.R.E.A.M. Ring dancers.

The Festival brings out more than 4,000 people throughout the weekend, both local residents and travelers from near and far. The largest single event each year in Red Hook, the festival highlights a one-of-a-kind Brooklyn neighborhood filled with art galleries, great food, and beautiful urban landscapes.

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For more information, visit: www.redhookfest.com

or Iquo@dtetc.org  (718-643-6790 x112)

For hi-res images of previous Red Hook Fests, visit: Dropbox

Spark Prize Press Announcement

Spark Prize Press Announcement

Media Contact:
Liane Stegmaier, Director of Communications
718.480.7503, lstegmaier@bcfny.org

New Award Spotlights Brooklyn’s Nonprofit Sector and Launches Local Giving Campaign to Attract Much-Needed Support from the Borough’s Residents

October 12, 2016 (Brooklyn, NY) – Twenty nonprofit organizations have been selected as finalists for Brooklyn Community Foundation’s inaugural Spark Prize, the first and only honor of its kind celebrating changemakers in the borough’s thriving nonprofit sector.

The Spark Prize will award up to $600,000 to outstanding Brooklyn-serving nonprofits. A diverse committee of distinguished civic, business, and neighborhood leaders all hailing from Brooklyn chose the 20 finalists from a highly competitive pool of 150 applicants.

Later this month, the Spark Prize Committee will conduct in-person interviews with representatives of the finalists to determine the recipients of this year’s Prize. Five organizations will be awarded grants of $100,000 each in general operating support, to be announced in January 2017.

“Brooklyn is home to nearly 3,000 nonprofits, yet they collectively receive less than 5% of funds distributed by New York City foundations,” said Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Cecilia Clarke. “We created the Spark Prize to drive support to the borough’s vibrant nonprofit sector and showcase outstanding community-led solutions addressing Brooklyn’s most critical challenges.

Congratulations to the 20 finalists—we are so proud to have you represent the excellence, breadth, and diversity of Brooklyn’s unique nonprofit sector.”

The finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Arab-American Family Support Center
Audre Lorde Project
Black Women’s Blueprint
Center for Community Alternatives
Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions
Children of Promise
Common Justice
Dance Theatre Etcetera
Green City Force
IMPACCT Brooklyn
Make the Road New York
Museum for Contemporary African Diaspora Arts
Neighbors Together
Reconnect Brooklyn
Red Hook Community Justice Center
Red Hook Initiative
Turning Point Brooklyn
United Community Centers
UPROSE
YWCA of Brooklyn

Brooklyn Gives: A New Local Giving Campaign

Each of the 20 finalists are now eligible for a $5,000 matching grant from Brooklyn Community Foundation on Giving Tuesday, November 29, 2016—the annual national day of giving observed the Tuesday after Thanksgiving—to incentivize greater contributions from local donors. The Foundation is providing the match as part of the launch of a new local giving campaign called Brooklyn Gives, presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and local businesses including Brooklyn Industries.

The Foundation aims to help the 20 finalists raise $100,000 in donations through Brooklyn Gives, for a total of more than $200,000 in new support after the Foundation’s match. Brooklyn businesses are encouraged to sign up to participate in the campaign at www.BrooklynGives.org.

A Brooklyn Partnership

The Spark Prize is presented by Brooklyn Community Foundation in partnership with the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and is sponsored by National Grid.

“I commend the review committee, including Deputy Borough President Reyna, for selecting a superlative group of finalists for the inaugural Spark Prize,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. “It is gratifying to be part of a competition that celebrates the best of Brooklyn’s humanitarian spirit, furthering the ongoing mission of making lasting social change that Brooklyn Community Foundation has laid out for all Brooklynites. The organizations that have reached this meaningful stage have incredible track records of community service that have helped make our borough a safer and greater place to raise healthy children and families.”

“The Spark Prize is a testament to the best in Brooklyn nonprofits, and we applaud its emphasis on social justice-oriented, values-driven service to the borough,” said Brooklyn Chamber President and CEO Carlo A. Scissura. “All of the Spark Prize finalists do impactful work, and we thank the Brooklyn Community Foundation for giving them the resources they need to thrive.”

About the Spark Prize

The Spark Prize is named for the Foundation’s mission to spark lasting social change in Brooklyn. Applying organizations were asked to submit a 1,000 word essay demonstrating their deep history in Brooklyn and continued commitment to serving the borough; commitment to equity and racial and social justice for all Brooklynites; strong, articulated values that permeate through all aspects of their work; and a dynamic vision for the future of their work in Brooklyn and beyond. Learn more at www.SparkPrize.org.

The Spark Prize is a signature program of the Foundation’s Brooklyn Accelerator, a hub for building capacity and resources in Brooklyn’s nonprofit community.

Through the Brooklyn Accelerator, the Foundation also offers free workshops for nonprofits, Board matching and governance training, and an Incubator that hosts start-up nonprofit enterprises. Reaching a diverse cross-section of Brooklyn nonprofits, the Prize will also strengthen the Foundation’s services to its donors who depend on its expertise and knowledge of the borough’s nonprofits to help guide their local giving and philanthropy.

Brooklyn Industries, a Brooklyn Gives top sponsor, will be donating 10% of sales on Giving Tuesday to support the campaign.

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About Brooklyn Community Foundation

Brooklyn Community Foundation is on a mission to spark lasting social change, mobilizing people, capital, and expertise for a fair and just Brooklyn. It is the first and only public foundation solely dedicated to Brooklyn’s charitable community, working in partnership with generous donors and community leaders to bolster vital nonprofits, strengthen neighborhoods, and increase opportunities for youth. Since its founding in 2009, the Foundation and its donors have provided over $25 million in grants to more than 300 nonprofits in Brooklyn and beyond. Learn more at www.BrooklynCommunityFoundation.org.