NYC Holi Hai Festival
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.
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
‘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
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.