Theater for the New City has scheduled over 190 performing arts organizations, artists, poets, puppeteers and filmmakers for its 27th annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, May 27-29.

Admission is free but donations will be gratefully accepted.

The festival has been presented annually since 1996, although in 2020 it was produced online due to pandemic concerns.  This year it is back full-scale as an in-person, indoor and outdoor, live audience event.  A cohort of theater, dance, performance, music, film, literary and visual artists are participating on all three days. An afternoon of performances for and by kids has been reinstated for Sunday afternoon. A fine art show will be hanging throughout the fest in the theater’s lobby gallery. A film program will be presented Saturday from 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM, featuring works by auteurs from the Lower East Side/East Village along with works that reflect the essence of the neighborhood.

This year, the festival is mounted with the theme “Artists Embrace Liberty And Justice For All.”

Proof of vaccination will be required for all indoor events.  Masks are optional as of this writing.

The performers’ roster is still building as of this writing and the number of applicants exceeds any previous year.  A list of participating artists, updated periodically, can be viewed at

Selected performances will be live-streamed on the TNC website,, for those who are home-bound or live far away.