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4 pm - 8 pm

Harborlore comes to a close with performances and workshops for all ages on water lore found in stories, dance, drumming and ritual. 

Presented by BAC in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy.


Pebble Beach Performances and Activities 4 – 6pm:

4pm: Introductions and Announcements at Pebble Beach

4:15pm: Rita Silva brings the spirit of Yemanja, Goddess of the Ocean starting at Main Street entrance and coming down to water at Pebble Beach

4:30-5pm: James Lovell tells Garifuna story of “Supnik and the Charmed Fish” with kayak performance at Pebble Beach

5-5:30pm: Kaina Quenga—Hawaiian hukilau—fishing feast dance and workshop on the lawn near Pebble Beach

5:30-6:15pm: Aeilushi Mistry—Come decorate your own Hindu-inspired palm leaf lamp for Harborlore Festival’s closing ceremony—look for table set-up near Pebble Beach—all supplies provided; Haitian artist Kesler Pierre will also be on hand inviting you to make a symbolic water mark on the spirit bottle

5:30-6pm: EmmaGrace and dancers perform “Bathtime Studies” with 10 tubs of water on the lawn near Pebble Beach

Tobacco Warehouse Performances & Activities from 6:30-7:15pm:

6:30pm: Grace Drums presents Drumming and dancing. Audience is invited to join in and bring their instruments to Tobacco Warehouse

7pm: Artichoke Dance Company joins Grace Drums to perform Global Water Dances Day movements 

7:15pm:  Artichoke Dance Company, with Grace Drums, leads dance and movement procession back down to Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach Performances 7:30 – 8pm:

7:30pm:  Artichoke Dance Company leads audience in Global Water Dances Day movements

7:45pm: Aeilushi Mistry leads aarti ritual, a water blessing ceremony to conclude Harborlore Festival. All are invited to place lighted decorated palm lamps into the water at Pebble Beach

8pm: Waterlore at the Water’s Edge ends. Thank you to all.



Harborlore Festival
Where the River Meets the Sea in Brooklyn’s Folk Imagination

Dance, Music and Storytelling 

May 10 – June 15, 2013

It’s no secret that Brooklyn is surrounded by over 50 miles of water from Greenpoint to Canarsie, and is also home to thousands of immigrants hailing from coastal locales across the globe—Jamaica, Bangladesh, Italy, Guyana, Egypt—where water is omnipresent. These immigrants, especially the artists among them, have brought cultural traditions to Brooklyn that capture the beauty, meaning and vulnerability of living at water’s edge.  For Harborlore Festival, BAC presents a series of free concerts, panel discussions and performing arts events exploring the role of water in the artistic traditions of Brooklyn’s diverse immigrant and diaspora communities. In post-Sandy New York, Harborlore Festival signals the importance of learning new respect and reverence for the power of water.

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Harborlore is sponsored by TD Bank.

BAC Folk Arts is sponsored by Con Edison.

Major support for Harborlore is provided by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. Additional support is provided by New York Council for the Humanities. 

Promotional Partner: Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance. Media partner: WNYC Radio.

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