Newburgh Illuminated Festival - Celebrating Art, History and Music in Newburgh
How does 12 hours of live music overlooking the Hudson sound? And, at no cost to the public. That's the vision of the Newburgh Illuminated festival coming to the City of Newburgh June 20, 2015.
Newburgh, New York - On June 20th, the City of Newburgh will host its third annual Newburgh Illuminated Festival. This year the Festival will offer visitors a unique opportunity to celebrate the city’s 150th anniversary! The all-day and free to the public Festival will shine a spotlight on one of the most diverse communities in the Hudson Valley by showcasing its food, music, art, and history. Thousands of attendees are expected to fill Broadway and Liberty street in downtown historic Newburgh, overlooking the majestic Hudson River and George Washington's Headquarters.
This year the Festival will feature multiple internationally known headliner performers. Newburgh native Saul Williams will be performing hip hop and poetry, and will also be headlining along with dozens of local bands and performers on multiple stages all day and night.
Highlights of the festival will include a “World of Food” area featuring a sampling of local ethnic restaurants, a trolley tour of notable historical sites and architecturally significant buildings, and a “Hudson Valley Marketplace” with vendors selling handcrafted goods. Visitors will also find pop-up art galleries and studios featuring photography, street chalk art, mixed media, experimental installations, and more. Family friendly events, a late night dance party, and even an Indian Holi Celebration of Color ensure fun for all ages and interests, all located an hour north of New York City in the center of the greater Hudson Valley.
“We invite you to come out and and celebrate our 150th birthday! Come meet Newburgh’s diverse community of residents, internationally recognized artists, and innovative small businesses and makers!” says Mayor Judy Kennedy, “visitors can sample many of Newburgh's authentic international flavors including Mexican, Peruvian, Italian, Jamaican, Greek, and Indian specialties —and meet the small business owners and residents that form the heart of this community.”
The Festival celebrates “a rebirth of the spirit and industry of Newburgh,”says Peter Sukeena, president of the Newburgh Business and Professional Association (NPBA), “the city is seeing the beginnings of a revitalization that will see it through to the next 150 years—and we are here to celebrate that in force!”
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