Arts, music, and culture will take center stage again in Bayonne during the third annual Bridge Arts Festival on Saturday, September 7th. With an expected crowd of several thousand people from Bayonne, the NY Tristate area and beyond, the festival will entertain attendees in Dennis P. Collins Park, located on 1st Street adjacent to the Bayonne Bridge.
Festival co-founder Cheryl Mack said the 2019 festival will highlight the spirit of collaboration. “This year, we are thrilled to showcase our strong partnerships with many outstanding arts organizations like the Newark Arts Festival, Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, our ongoing collaboration with Tempest Productions and of course our phenomenal relationship with the Rutgers University Institute of Jazz Studies.” Mack said. “These relationships enhance our ability to continue to provide quality arts entertainment to the greater Bayonne Community.”
Starting at 11 a.m, this year’s festival will include two stages featuring music, dance and theatrical performances; a vendor market with work by visual artists and artisans; a free crafts corner for kids; a food truck row with a wide array of beverages and meal choices; and a beer garden.
“Women Run the World” is the underlying theme for this year’s musical stage, which kicks off with a performance by Audra Mariel featured with the Bayonne-based Anthony Fuscaldo Trio followed by an electrifying performance by the international jazz artist LaKecia Benjamin. The performance stage continues with 18-year jazz phenom, Alexis Morrast courtesy of the Newark Arts Festival. Closing out the event is Venezuelan artist MV Caldera.
The dance stage, hosted by the exquisite Heather Smith, will showcase mesmerizing performances by the award-winning Surati Dance Company, Prince Jamain Victor and the #TapLife Dance Company.
“Bayonne brings together people of many different nations from all over the world,” Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis said. “Through the performing arts, we can learn to appreciate the special gifts that each culture brings to our city.”
The festival’s corporate partners include RWJBarnabas Health, BCB Community Bank, PSEG and Stop & Shop.
For additional festival updates and announcements, visit www.bridgeartsfestival.com.
About the Festival Organizers
The Bridge Art Gallery is a vibrant art exhibition space dedicated to advancing artistic activities through public engagement. Located in Historic Bergen Point, Bayonne, the Bridge Art Gallery shortens the distance Bayonne residents must travel to view curated art exhibitions featuring new and emerging visual artists. The Bridge Art Gallery produces the Bridge Arts Festival.