Posted on:August 24, 2016
Southside Connex—Celebrating the People and Culture of the Southside—is an annual street festival organized by El Puente’s Green Light District in conjunction with the NYC Department of Transportation‛s Weekend Walks program. On September 10th, 2016, Havemeyer Street will be closed to traffic between South 4th and Grand Street. It will be filled with cultural activities, health & wellness workshops, environmental justice and community resources as well as El Puente‛s annual ¡WEPA! Festival featuring a spectacular lineup of local artists from El Puente’s CADRE network (Community Artists Development and Resource Exchange), visiting artists, and El Puente youth dance team.
Performers in the ¡WEPA! Festival for Southside Performing Arts on September 10th come from Williamsburg and across New York City. This year, we are excited to host performances by Fórmula 4 Merengue Típico, Mariachi Tapatío de Álvaro Paulino, Bomba Yo, Afro Puerto Rican drum and dance ensemble, El Puente Dreams in Motion Dance Team, salsa band Conjunto Sabor, vocalist Karen J. Pangantihon and spoken word poet Shy Richardson. Performers span from music, dance and poetry, with a focus on our community’s rich and diverse Latino heritage. Performances will happen from 1pm-6pm.
Frances Lucerna, Executive Director and Co-Founder of El Puente, remarked that, “El Puente is proud and excited to once again host Southside Connex featuring the WEPA Festival in “Los Sures”. It’s a wonderful celebration of our Latino culture and artistic heritage and a great opportunity to promote our local businesses. The Festival has become an annual highlight of El Puente’s Green Light District and a testament to our ongoing commitment to grow and nurture a vibrant, sustainable Southside community.”
Southside Connex is sponsored by: Hispanic Federation, Department of Transportation, Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, Flushing Bank, Dime Savings Bank, Ghost Robot, Spaceworks, UnionDocs, and Print on Broadway.
WHERE:Havemeyer Street between S. 4th and Grand Street
Southside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211
WHEN: Saturday, September 10th, 2016, 1pm-6pm