SUNSET PARK — Brooklyn's BEAT Festival will take center stage in Sunset Park for a lineup of diverse performances next month, organizers said.
The festival, which showcases local artists in vocal, theater and dance, is now in its fourth year and will run from Sept. 10 to 19 across the borough.
BEAT, a performing arts initiative that stands for "Brooklyn Emerging Artists in Theater," will host two nights of shows in Sunset Park that organizers hope will appeal to the locals and highlight the neighborhood's cultural diversity, said Stephen Shelley, the artistic director.
"I wanted to create something that was an invitation to more than just one community in Sunset Park itself," he said.
Sunset Park is one of Brooklyn's most populous and diverse neighborhood's with a large Chinese-American community as well as Latin-American and Mexican-American populations.
In the neighborhood, Chinese Theater Works will perform part of "Peony Pavilion," of the Chinese Kun-style opera that uses music, dance, song and poetry.
The evening will also include Dhira Rauch's "The Proof is in the Processor" and performances by Brooklyn’s Finest Dance Company, which has been a part of Sunset Park's Latin and Mambo scene for 15 years.
"The aim here is to reflect in some way Sunset Park back to itself," Shelley said.
Sunset Park's performances will take place at Manufacture New York, a fashion and design hub at Liberty View Industrial Plaza on Sept. 18 and 19. Other venues for this year's festival include the Brooklyn Museum and the Weeksville Heritage Center in Crown Heights.
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