La Isla Bonita Summer Festival Returns To Staten Island on Sunday, July 10th at Faber Park in Port Richmond
LIVE BANDS | ART & ACTIVITIES | YOGA | DANCERS | DJs
POOL | SKATE PARK | COMMUNITY | SUMMER FUN | FREE
“La Isla Bonita” was born as a public art series developed by Colombian-born, Staten Island-based artist Lina Montoya under her LMProject. Last Summer, LMProject and local events collective ISLA, partnered up to create a summer festival in the North Shore of Staten Island with the help of theNew York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Partnerships for Parksand California organization Sol Collective festival platform GLOBAL LOCAL- naming it La Isla Bonita Summer Festival.
With the goal of building a yearly cultural happening which celebrates Staten Island’s vibrance, La Isla Bonita highlights Faber Park’s beautiful waterfront park while promoting local and global arts & culture for free to the community.
"People don't think Staten Island is beautiful, but we want to celebrate the beauty that is here, in ourselves, our friendships and our community relationships. The ultimate goal for all of us is to create something that reflects us,” ISLA founder Nati conrazón told the Staten Island Advance last year.
The festival’s inaugural event last year included live music performances, spoken word, dance, active sports, education, arts and crafts, and a community photobooth - marking an exciting development for cultural programming in the heart of Staten Island’s rich immigrant community of Port Richmond and particularly at Faber Park, where the NYC Parks and Partnerships for Parks have been concentrating their community engagement efforts.
Keeping in the spirit of local and global arts, this year’s poster art was created by Colombian-based artist Lili Cuca Art. Live musical performances include NYC tropical circus punk band Consumata, global bass vocalista from Los Angeles with Filipina roots Gingee, and Staten Island’s female-fronted philosophical dream punk band Yeti. Staten Island-via-Bermuda’sDizzle gives us eclectic electric Island vibes plus surprises!
Faber Park will be open as well for picnic baskets & blankets, chairs, as well as activities like a zine-making by NYC-based La Liga Zine, a special "Make a Rhyme Book" station by local emcee Nani Castle who won a grant from Staten Island Arts to promote youth self-expression through rhyme books. NYSAI Press and Five Boro Story Project will host a story-circle and community open mic. IslandVoice will host a chess table. "Be Easy Yoga" will also be hosting a FREE yoga class. Tabling from organizations likeStaten Island against racism and police brutality and more to be announced!
For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, visit:www.lmproject.org/laislabonita2016 and use the hashtag #LaIslaBonitaSI