Red Bull Music Academy Celebrates NYC, Spring in Annual Festival
April 22nd, 2016Sarah Ribeiro
Every year, the Red Bull Music Academy celebrates spring by highlighting the best in music, art, and technology in a month-long festival spread across top NYC venues. Keeping with the mission of Red Bull Music Academy, this event series celebrates innovation and progress in pop culture, highlighting top influencers through demonstrations, conversations, shows and more.
RBMA’s festival spotlights some of the best subcultures within New York’s history and current nightlife — kicking off with the NYC film premiere of “Kiki,” a documentary highlighting the Kiki movement in the LGBTQ ballroom scene, carrying through to Freestyle!!!, an 80’s-themed dance party celebrating freestyle music and dance, and wrapping up with Last Night a DJ Saved My Soul, a party bringing together artists with “transcendent music and transformative messages.” Town hall-style conversations highlight leaders in pop culture such as Spike Lee and Glenn Branca. Art Installations like Mark Pritchard and Jonathan Zawada’s “Under the Sun” audio/visual installation combine landscape imagery with electronic music. And sprinkled among this, artists like Dizzee Rascal, Diamanda Galas, and Elysia Crampton play shows at top-notch venues throughout the city. The options are endless, and the art is, too.
While most events are already sold out, RBMA is still selling tickets to select individual events.
5/07 (Sat): A Conversation With Madlib @ Grolier Club,
5/12 (Thu) — 5/15 (Sun): Mark Pritchard X Jonathan Zawada, Under the Sun A/V Installation @ Red Bull Studios