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Tribeca today announced the slate of free community events taking place during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, including the Tribeca Drive-In, the Family Festival Street Fair, and the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day. We are also pleased to welcome back the Tribeca/NYFEST Soccer Tournament for its second year. TFF 2012, presented by Founding Sponsor American Express, will take place in lower Manhattan from April 18-29.
"Since its inception, the Tribeca Film Festival has strived to give back to the neighborhood and the city with free community events for New Yorkers and visitors of all ages," said Nancy Schafer, Tribeca Film Festival Executive Director. "We are thrilled to continue the tradition with Festival favorites like the Drive-In, Family Festival Street Fair and Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day, and to challenge our industry colleagues, young athletes and soccer fans with the Tribeca/NYFEST Soccer Day tournament."
We save the best for last: as the Festival is winding down on Saturday, April 28, we invite families and fans of all ages to head down to the heart of the Tribeca neighborhood for the Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair and the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day.
Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair
Saturday, April 28
10 am to 6 pm
Greenwich Street (between Chambers Street and Hubert Street)
The Tribeca Family Festival is a Festival favorite that drew more than 300,000 people last year. The day is free and open to the public, and promises to be a day of family fun and lively entertainment.
What will you find? Throughout the Street Fair you’ll find talented performers, dancers, stilt walkers, Broadway performances, arts and crafts, face painters, puppet shows, music, games and much more. Students from dozens of local schools will also be at the fair with performances and vibrant student artwork. The Street Fair will also host restaurants, merchants and organizations from the Tribeca neighborhood.
Street Fair highlights include:
♦ Broadway and Off-Broadway cast members from Ghost The Musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Sister Act The Musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, Traces, Million Dollar Quartet, Memphis, Rock of Ages, and Wicked are scheduled to take center stage at the outdoor Festival Main stage
♦ The New York Philharmonic's Credit Suisse Very Young Composers will present original works
♦ The talented "The Acrobats of Cirque-tacular" group will delight audiences with aerial performances, acrobats, and contortionists
♦ WonderSpark Puppets will engage the imagination of kids and adults with delightful puppet shows and playful stories
♦ CHESS NYC, will bring out a life-sized chess board and smaller game boards to challenge kids, parents and the CHESS NYC Pros
♦ A Kite Garden
♦ A Bubble Garden
♦ A special free screening of a classic family film, presented at BMCC's Tribeca Performing Arts Center Theater
♦ Games, prizes, music and fun, supported by Clear Channel Lite FM, Time Out New York, smartwater(r), and more
♦ And much, much more!
Details and a map of events will be available in the coming weeks at www.tribecafilm.com/family.
A perennial favorite of the Family Festival Street Fair, Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day will take place on Saturday, April 28, from 10 am to 6 pm, on N. Moore Street (between Greenwich Street and West Street). Now in its sixth year, Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day gives sports fans the opportunity to engage in a variety of free, sports-related interactive activities that will include games, demonstrations and prize giveaways. In addition, some of New York's most popular athletes, mascots and sports personalities will make guest appearances throughout the day.
Highlights of Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day include representatives from the following teams & organizations: the New York Knicks (Sport Court), the New York Liberty, the New York Jets (Jets Fest), New Jersey Titans (female football), Bumblebee Tennis, New York Women’s Baseball, the National Hockey League Foundation, the Harlem Wizards, the American Youth Table Tennis Organization, the National Lacrosse League, American Bocce Club, the Downtown Giants Youth Football, and the Staten Island Yankees!
In addition, ESPN New York will offer fans the chance to take home great memorabilia and get their picture taken behind the SportsCenter Desk; espnW will offer great giveaways and an opportunity to learn about the power of Title IX; the "Wheels of Freestyle" BMX Stunt Show will return with exciting aerial BMX stunts and tricks; Olympians and athletes from the Fencers Club demonstrations and fencing activities for all ages; Cricket will make its debut at Sports Day with cricket demonstrations presented by www.newyorkcricket.com; and the always popular Mr. Met will be on site to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.
Details about Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day will continue to be updated throughout the weeks leading up to the Festival. For the most up-to-date information, visit www.tribecafilm.com/espn.