The public returns to the Lower East Side Arts Festival

After more than a year of waiting, the Theater for the New City will host a live audience to celebrate the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts.

JC Augustin, is assistant director at the Theater for the New City for the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts: “It is the first time that we open our theater to the public, after all this pandemic. People are ready to enjoy the community”.

The festival organized by Theater for the New City celebrates its 26th edition and it does so in person. For three consecutive days they will present more than 180 artists with shows, both indoors and outdoors, ranging from: plays, dances, music groups and more.

“And happy to see other people again and be with other people. People have also prepared with the vaccine and the tests, so everything has moved very positively forward to be with us,” Augustin explains.

This year, the festival celebrates its return to the face-to-face public and the reopening of the theater. And it does so with biosafety protocols. Face masks will be required and audience members will be required to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result. Admission is free and reservations are not required.

Elizabeth Ruf Maldonado, is one of the participating artists: “I hope that this moment that we are experiencing can give the community an emotion to be together, and that the public is encouraged to be together.”

Elizabeth has participated in acting and singing at the festival since its inception. He says it was very difficult to do it virtually last year: “It is not the same to be inside the theater with people touching the arm of the person next to you, and breathing together, turning off the phone, committing to being in a place together.” .

The festival will take place for three days starting on Friday and until Sunday 30. For more information you can visit the website:

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