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Governors Island will be open until 7 PM on Monday, October 14 with Manhattan and Brooklyn ferries will running on a weekend schedule.

Governors Island will be open until 7 PM on Monday, October 14 with Manhattan and Brooklyn ferries will running on a weekend schedule.

May 6, 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Play Lawns

Kick off the season and celebrate diversity on Governors Island with colors, music and dance! Enjoy a day out with family and friends at this kid-friendly FREE admission event. Attendees enjoy a multi-cultural program on stage with live bands and dance performances while covering each other in colored powder. Food vendors carrying a variety of delicacies are featured and there is a kids area for children to engage and play in a festive environment.

Dance to the beats of live Indian drums (‘dhol’), enjoy eclectic music and dancers showcasing a variety of performances from Salsa, Jazz and African to Bhangra and Indian Classical. The festival is a truly diverse gathering and welcomes people from all backgrounds and ages. The recommended attire is white, as it gets messy and colorful, creating a stunning visual work of art.

The festival takes place on the Ball Fields on the western side of the island. At the foot of the famed Hills, the field offers a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline on one side the Statue of Liberty on the other. The festivities kick off at 10am right as the first public ferries start arriving and go on till 6pm - a day full of fun and uninhibited celebration.

This is the 8th year of the festival organized by NYC Bhangra Dance. They’re bringing it in partnership with Iyengar Yoga, Duggal Visual Solutions, Karmaplace and Geeka Consulting.

Special Act:

Cake cutting by Cake Boss (TLC TV) on stage

Stage Performances include:

Yoga class by Iyengar Yoga

Indian Fusion live music by Kiran Ahluwalia

Folk Punjabi live music by Rythm Tolee

Bhangra by NYC Bhangra Dance

Tap dance by Astoria Tap Crew

Bharatnatyam by Navatman

Latin/African fusion by Conkrete Jungle

Latin fusion by Latin fusion dance project

Waacking by Miki Tuesday

Contemporary/Jazz by Ashley Lynn Stafford

Bollywood live music by Shantoneel

Hip-hop by District 4

Kathak by Barkha Patel

Kids Area:

Superball Factory’ by Mad Science (age 5-12)

Rocket Science and Oculus VR with Maker-State (age 5-12)

Yoga and Obstacle Courses (age 4-11)

Slides and Bouncy Castles (age 2-5)

Giveaways and gifts

Culinary Offerings:

Crepes by the Little Crepe Street

Indian-American fusion cuisine by the Little Kabab Station

Lean Mexican cuisine by Al Horno Kitchen

Event Focus: art, dance, music, colors, embrace diversity, spread goodwill, joy, love and peace, outdoor games, food.

Getting there
15 Minutes from Soissons Landing 10 Minutes from Yankee Pier
5 Minutes from Soissons Landing 5 Minutes from Yankee Pier