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SummerStage Brings Music, Theater and a Circus To Harlem

By Dartunorro Clark | August 11, 2016 10:13am
 SummerStage is bringing a circus performance to Harlem in August.
SummerStage is bringing a circus performance to Harlem in August.
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HARLEM — A performing arts extravaganza is coming to uptown.

SummerStage, the city's largest free performing arts festival, rolled out its August lineup of free events.

Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park, at West 122nd Street and Fifth Avenue, will be at the center of about a dozen free shows including music, theater and even a circus performance from Aug. 16 to Aug. 28.

Kalabanté Circus, a group of West African acrobats, and reggae artist Alpha Blondy are among the lineup. 

More than 115 free performances will take place in Central Park and 15 neighborhood parks throughout the five boroughs.

In the past, the 31-year-old event has honored American pop, Yiddish Soul and Taiwanese music. This year jazz leads the way. 

Many of the performances will honor the music, but not all.

“We believe culture should be convenient and affordable for everyone,” said Heather Lubov, executive director of City Parks Foundation which runs the event.

“Our SummerStage festival removes the barriers to culture, bringing world-class artists, topical and popular, to neighborhood parks across all five boroughs, free of charge.”

To view the complete lineup of Harlem events, go to http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/summerstage/.