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New Rochelle and Pelham will come alive with creative works of all kinds Oct. 15-17, when ArtsFest 2021 fills the communities with gallery shows, live music, films, dance performances and so much more. Highlights will include the free ArtsFest Music Festival and ArtsFest Dance festival and artists’ open studios, plus activities at dozens of public and private venues from Wykagyl to downtown New Rochelle to the Pelham Picture House Regional Theater. After it was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the popular celebration of art is more important than ever now.
The ArtsFest Dance Festival featuring performances by eight companies. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16 and 17, from 3 pm to 5 pm at the VAEA New Rochelle Arts, 595 Main Street. On Saturday: Dance Ministry Institute, Coleman School of Dance, Ballet Arts (Pelham) and Rooftop Rhythms. In addition Linda Andrews of Dance Connection will teach a short Swing dance class geared to adults. On Sunday: New Beginnings, Accent Dance NYC, A-Y / Dancers, and PAVE dance students from New Rochelle High School.
The ArtsFest Music Festival at the new NewRo Parc will feature an eclectic group of local musicians including Downstate Darlings, Ben Clark, One Accord Gospel, John Cobert, Fall Fling, Avalanche at Dawn, Monica Uhm and Trio of Awesuhm and Bombay Rickey among others. Saturday and Sunday, October 16 and 17, from 11 am (free yoga class) to 4 pm.
ArtsFest sponsors at press time include ArtsWestchester, Gwendolen Appleyard Trust, New Rochelle IDA, Charles Fazzino, L & M, Mill Creek Residential, Wilder Balter Partners, Alvin & Friends Restaurant, New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District, Twining Properties, RXR, and in-kind sponsors AJ’s Burgers and Empire Harley Davidson.
NRCA is proud to be a grantee of ArtsWestchester with funding made possible by Westchester County Government with the support of County Executive George Latimer.