SummerStage Anywhere announced their April programming, including virtual programming celebrating National Poetry Month, International Dance Day and World Portuguese Language Day.
SummerStage Anywhere is put on by the City Parks Foundation. It was originally announced by the Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage Anywhere in response to the COVID-19 pandemic when it started back in 2021. They are presenting free, exclusive digital performances that people can watch from anywhere. SummerStage Anywhere is continuing in 2021to keep bringing free live performances to the masses.
National Poetry Month Celebration will be taking place on April 22 and is being presented by the SummerStage and Nuyorican Poets Cafe. The celebration is also being put on in association with New York Music Month Extended Play which is an initiative of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Entertainment. The event will be showcasing New York City poets Caridad De La Luz, reg e gaines, Mariposa Fernandez, J.F. Seary, Erik Maldonado (aka Advocate of Wordz), Helena D. Lewis, Suzen Baraka, Darian Dauchan (performing with loop station), Wilson “Chembo” Corniel (performing solo, with congas), Rome Neal (accompanied by Chembo on percussion, Lonnie Plaxico on bass, and Andre Chez Lewis on piano), Ramya Ramana, Carlos Andrés Gómez, Andres Chulisi Rodriguez and more. The performances will be recorded both live from The Sultan Room in Brooklyn and remotely. The celebration will stream on SummerStageAnywhere.org and across SummerStage socials: Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch starting at 7PM EST.
Their World Portuguese Language Day celebration, in association with Arte Institute, is on April 15th. The event will be put on at 7PM EST. It will feature performances including Angolan star Paulo Floresand recited poems and reflections from renowned artists and writers Mia Couto, Ondjaki and Pedro Coquenão (aka Batida). Past SummerStage performance highlights will be aired featuring global music stars Mariza, The Gift, Selma Uamusse, and Dead Combo.
International Dance Day: DanceAfrica at BAM with Artistic Director Abdel Salaam on April 29th at 7PM EST. The event is in honor of International Dance Day, SummerStage pays tribute to BAM’sDanceAfrica, America’s largest celebration of dance from the African diaspora. It will feature a talk between the festival’s artistic director and founder of Forces of Nature Dance Theater, AbdelSalam, and DanceAfrica producer,Charmaine Warren.The informal conversation will cover Salaam’s experience with DanceAfrica as a performer and now artistic director, and will be followed by breathtaking excerpts from past festival performances.
For more information on the upcoming April programming visit SummerStage Anywhere’s website.