Tradition as Resistance

BAC Folk Arts presents:

Traditional art forms thrive and persist throughout the borough of Brooklyn, born out of histories of struggle and opposition that make these artists no stranger to the tensions of the current socio-political climate. During a time when the news cycle overwhelms and inflames and it has become far too easy to focus on the negative, Brooklyn Arts Council invites you to pause and take in the traditions around us. 

TRADITION AS RESISTANCE opens a window to diverse, traditional art forms of Brooklyn’s immigrant communities.  A concert brings to the stage musicians from Syria, working to preserve the musical traditions being destroyed in the war in Aleppo. A day of learning convenes folk artists for an open forum of reflection on today’s political issues. The rich history of Trinidadian steelpan drumming comes to life on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library. And finally, at the peak of summer, a day-long festival in Prospect Park brings the community together to celebrate one message: that artists are strong, art is powerful, and tradition is resistance.

Stay tuned for more details on scheduled events below!

7th Annual Brooklyn Folk Arts Day

Thursday, June 7  |  7 pm  |  The Brooklyn Commons Cafe

The 7th Annual Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) Folk Arts Day provides a space for Brooklyn's tradition bearers and cultural advocates to discuss issues of exclusion in the performance, development, and preservation of folk traditions in New York City today. This program serves as the opening dialogue for our summer series of programs entitled Tradition as Resistance.

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Expanding Traditions Concert: Fanmi Asoto & Takht Al-Nagham

Friday, June 22  |  8 pm  |  22 Boerum Place

Immerse yourself in the music of Syria and Haiti, together in one night.

Cultures of Resistance Film Screening

Thursday, July 19  |  7 pm   |  Info Commons Lab, Brooklyn Public Library (Central)


Tradition as Resistance: Brooklyn Roots Festival 2018

Sunday, July 29  |  1-7 pm  |  Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park

Presented in partnership with the Prospect Park Alliance.

This day-long festival celebrates Brooklyn’s diverse traditional art forms through a lively, family-friendly afternoon of performances, workshops, interactive kids’ activities, and more. Come on out for a day in the park to learn, play, and express yourself in Brooklyn’s backyard! 

The Art & History of Jā€™Ouvert: Steelband as Resistance

Saturday, August 25  |  1-5 pm  |  Brooklyn Public Library (Central)


Steel Pan Yard Tour

Friday, August 31  |  8 pm  |  Various locations, Crown Heights

Brooklyn Arts Council events and programs are made possible, in part, through public funds from: National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. Major corporate support for BAC Folk Arts is provided by TD Bank.