New Island Festival. Created by Dutch artists. Governors Island september 10-20

New Island Festival

Direct from Holland, the New Island Festival will set up stakes on New York City's Governors Island from September 10–13 and again from September 17–20. The festival will kick off the fall with provocative theatre, stunning site-specific performance, dazzling visual arts and exhilarating DJ sets, performed by world class Dutch performers. More than 150 artists will perform during the festival. The Festival is part of NY400, an extraordinary celebration to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage from Amsterdam to New York Harbor.

Amaro on table

The New Island Festival brings the greatest elements of European outdoor performing arts festivals to Governors Island. It will combine works that have previously been featured in the world-renowned Dutch “Oerol” and “De Parade” festivals and provide opportunities for artists to create site-specific works on the Island. All of Governors Island will be the stage for the Dutch, American, and other international artists who will utilize the waterfront promenade, historic homes, barracks and open green spaces to re-imagine this Island in the middle of New York Harbor. Performances will begin in the early afternoon and continue through the evening - this will be the first time Governors Island has been open at night.

The New Island Festival features a variety of free theatre, music and dance performances. However, to experience the full range of theatrical productions and events, the festival recommends the purchase of a $35 all-access one-day Passport.
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The Festival is open to the public on Thursdays from 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM and Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM. All events are in English, subtitled, or non-verbal.


Boulevard of Broken Dreams:

The coolest ‘street’ in the world: the heart of the festival

The Boulevard of Broken Dreams, known locally in the Netherlands as the Parade -  is the only traveling theatre and music festival in the world. Instead of placing the performance at the center, Terts Brinkhoff creates a place where the audience is in the middle and performances surround them, competing for attention. After many years of traveling to many places, the Boulevard of Broken Dreams will be making its very first visit to New York. The heart of the New Island Festival will be an enormous 400-foot long table, surrounded by small stages, artists’ tents, bars, and terraces.


New Island Festival is part of NY400
week, which is the highlight of this year's NY400 celebration, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage from Amsterdam to New York Harbor, and 4 centuries of enduring friendship between the Netherlands and the United States.


NY400 is the result of an initiative by the Dutch government in close co-operation with Dutch local and provincial authorities, New York City and New York State, and with active participation of a great number of organizations from the private, cultural, and not-for-profit sectors.


The New Island Festival is a ‘government sponsored’ event and is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The Theater Instituut Nederland is semi-governmental agency and is overall responsible.