On Saturday, May 20th, over 500 community members joined together on Kingston Avenue from St Marks Ave to Dean Street as it was transformed into a two-block street festival filled with activities, performances, and community resources for the 7th annual Kingston Avenue Festival. The Festival is an annual neighborhood event celebrating arts and community in the neighborhood.
The Festival was a day of excitement featuring live music, dance, arts and crafts activities, a bouncy house, an anti-violence art display, face painting, screen printing, and more.
Migos kicked off performances with an original spoken word piece, followed by Jashir Crawford performing a collection of choreographed dances. DJ Annie Red came next with her rousing anti-bullying message and high energy DJ set. Next up, hip hop violinist Yut Chia blew the crowd away with his unique blend of violin fused EDM. PS 532 New Bridges Elementary school took the stage next wowing the crowd with a medley of empowering songs and dance, all with a positive message. Brooklyn United Marching Band closed out the performances segment of event with an impressive drum line and accompanying choreography, parading down the length of Kingston Ave for their grand finale.
We were lucky to be joined by over 30 community organizations providing interactive arts related activities and community resources including Digital Girl Inc, Urban Word NYC, The Uni Project, Gift of Life, P.A.L., The New Regulars, Camp Bed-Stuy, New York Life, B’lynx, Hope & Carry, Adolescent Education Program/THEO, Community for a Cause, Legal Hand, Brooklyn Coop, Wellcare, Bailey’s Cafe, YO S.O.S., Seamen’s Society for Children and Families, Camp Bed-Stuy, Writopia Lab, Brooklyn Art Incubator, Inc, Blossom Be You Project, Kings County DA: Victim Services Unit, Unitedhealth Care, Rebel Playhouse, Together We Strive Foundation, GetCovered NYC, Her Life, Repair the World, S.O.S., Make It Happen and more!
Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers, tablers, and performers for helping to put on such a great event. Thank you to our wonderful photographers, Ryan Christopher Jones (photos above), Ursula Sommer and Phyllis Sun. Stay tuned for our next upcoming community events and be sure to check out the rest of the photos from the day on our Facebook page.