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Drums Along The Hudson 2015 set for June 14

by Angelina Hines
June 3, 2015
New York, NY
The 13th Annual DRUMS ALONG THE HUDSON®: A Native American Festival and Multicultural Celebration will take place on Sunday, June 14th, 2015 in Upper Manhattan's Inwood Hill Park from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm, rain or shine. This event is free to the public and is presented by Lotus Music & Dance in collaboration with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, sponsored in part by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. The host for the event will be Sandra Bookman, weekend anchor for WABC-TV and host of "Here and Now." The afternoon co-hosts will be Patrick Riley Pop Culture Expert/ Blogger and Mara Schiavocampo, ABC Morning America and ABC World News Correspondent.

During the day, we take time out to honor individuals and organizations for their contributions to environmental and humanitarian causes. This year we will honor His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso and Tichina Arnold, Actres/ Singer & Philanthropist (We Win Foundation). As part of the day's festivities we will also celebrate the 80th birthday of His Holiness with Tibetan performances by artists from the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, Tibetan food and crafts. We will also dedicate our newest collaboration with Tony Award winning choreographer, George Faison's Universal Dance Experience – Erasing Boundaries to His Holiness for his birthday celebration. Mr. Faison was inspired by the book "Gandhi's Outstanding Leadership" by P.A. Nazareth to create this work as an expression of how the arts are a beacon of harmony in times of turmoil. The piece brings together Contemporary, Native American, Flamenco, Hawaiian, Okinawan, Bharata Natyam and West African Dancers.

DRUMS ALONG THE HUDSON® features Manhattan's only open air pow wow, which is a celebratory gathering of Native American people that will be led by Louis Mofsie and the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers with Host Drums Heyna Second Sons and Silver Cloud. This multicultural family-oriented festival combines Native American heritage with the diversity of New York City with performances of world dance and drumming traditions. Activities also include Native American crafts, storytelling, international cuisine and new this year, a World Market Tent. In keeping with the underlying theme of environmental awareness and education, DRUMS ALONG THE HUDSON® will continue to feature an Environmental Tent and a free bicycle valet for attendees who ride their bike to the park. To reach Inwood Hill Park, take the 1 train to 215th Street or the A train to 207th Street. The entrance to the park is at 218th Street and Indian Road, four blocks west of Broadway. By car, it is just north of the Dyckman Street exit off the Henry Hudson Parkway.

DRUMS ALONG THE HUDSON ®: A Native American Festival and Multicultural Celebration
Sunday, June 14th, 2015
11:00 am - 6:00 pm (Rain or Shine)
Inwood Hill Park - 218th Street and Indian Road (4 blocks west of Broadway)

Photo © & courtesy of Angelina Hines

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