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Lincoln Center Is Opening A Massive New Outdoor Performing Arts Center This Spring

Claire Leaden Claire Leaden

Lincoln Center Is Opening A Massive New Outdoor Performing Arts Center This Spring

NYC’s legendary Lincoln Center is joining in to make sure the arts come back better than ever this spring!

Already home to the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, and the New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center will serve as another hub for performances this spring and summer thanks to their recently announced “Restart Stages” program.

Like the “Open Culture” and “NY Pops Up” programs (which this one is actually working in conjunction with), Restart Stages hopes to “kickstart the performing arts sector and contribute to the revival of New York City.” It will create 10 outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces (!) on the Center’s iconic campus that can be used for many different purposes and will be open in different ways to the public, along with arts-centered activities for New Yorkers to take part in.

Inaki Vinaixa for Lincoln Center

Here are all of the amazing aspects you can look forward to, as written in the Center’s recent press release:

  • A cabaret-style stage on Hearst Plaza
  • Dedicated family and kids’ areas with arts activities for young people
  • Venues for rehearsals, opening up the artistic process to visitors
  • Space for public school graduations, recognizing the extraordinary achievements of students under difficult circumstances
  • An outdoor reading room, created in partnership with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

You can also expect: outdoor performances of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s annual Summer Evenings concerts, film screenings from Film at Lincoln Center, a concert and cabaret series by Lincoln Center Theater, and dance workshops from New York City Ballet!

Courtesy Lincoln Center, redering Ceylan A. Sahin Eker

Certain performances will be available via livestream if you feel unsafe attending in person, although state-approved safety protocols will in place for artists, audiences, and staff. To help give back to the city, they will also will offer blood drives in partnership with the New York Blood Center, food distributions in partnership with Food Bank For New York City, and serve as a designated primary election polling place in partnership with the Board of Elections.

Everything is kicking off April 7 — almost a month away! It will be on World Health Day, and include a special performance to thank our essential workers.

We can’t wait!

featured image source: Lincoln Center

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