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Culture Shock: The High Line's Season Kick-off

Saturday, April 21, 2018

1:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.

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Join us as we kick off the 2018 season with a bang! Culture Shock is the Friends of the High Line's annual, full-day festival of music, art, performance, horticulture, and hands-on activities. Bring your family and friends and experience the High Line in full swing.

In the event of rain or inclement weather, this program will be rescheduled to Saturday, April 28, same time and location.

A Garden Soundscape
Available for download for free at on April 21

Brooklyn-based Native American poet Tommy Pico creates a self-guided soundscape inspired by the High Line's plants and microclimates that explore issues of reconciliation between city and nature, past and present, and being indigenous in America. Oh, and with some Cranberries thrown in for good measure.

Produced in partnership with Poets House.

DJ April Hunt 
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
On the High Line at 16th Street

Groove throughout the day as you grab a bite to eat—DJ April Hunt weaves a diverse musical palette, mixing genres from the 1970s through today.

Leaning into Design 
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (every 10 minutes)
at the Seating Steps on the High Line at 22nd Street

In this original dance and movement performance with neighbors' participation, Parcon NYC brings its unique mash-up of parkour and contact improvisation to explore the High Line's physical structure.

Young Voices
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
On the High Line at 17th Street

Join poets Najee Omar and Nick Water as they bring new, young voices to the stage for a thought-provoking and memorable poetry performance. Featuring Kayla Jacobs, Miami McCormick, Muñeca Mowla, Tiama Nakiyah, and Denzel Valdez.

A Serenade to Agora
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  
Meet at Gansevoort Plaza (at street level); the tour will move north

Artist Ander Mikalson conceives a roving, musical serenade to the new High Line Art exhibition Agora, with members of PitchBlak Brass Band performing instrumental versions of popular love songs, each dedicated to a specific piece. Follow the sound and be surprised by the evocative, immediate connections to the art.

Poets & Activists 
4:00 p.m. .– 5:00 p.m. 
On the High Line at 17th Street

Tim Duwhite, Sonia Guiñansaca, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, and "Simply Rob" Vasilarakis speak truth to power in a formidable performance on immigration, feminism, and social justice.

Los Cumpleaños
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
On the High Line between 15th Street and 16th Street

End the day with this downtown punk rock band playing a mix of classic-era Cumbia, Porro, Son Caribeño, Salsa Criolla, and Bullerengue sounds with a cutting-edge new wave twist.

Culture Shock: for families
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on the High Line at 14th Street Passage 
For toddlers to 12 years old, and their caregivers

Art-Making: Natural Graffiti 
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Join Mosstika Mexican artist Hugo Rojas, and help cover the walls of the High Line in graffiti—using moss, plant material, and a natural-ingredient glue. Children will learn about native plants and animals in the park, including the big brown bat and the American robin, as they help transform the space into a work of art.

Falu's Bazaar 
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

Take a musical journey through South Asian music and culture with instruments made from plants and animals.

Michael & The Rockness Monsters 
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Michael Napolitano (founder of Preschool of Rock) creates an interactive, super-galactic-funk-inspired, rock-n-roll experience for families in a musical celebration of nature and art.

TD Bank is the Presenting Green Sponsor of the High Line. 

Culture Shock is generously supported by Goldman Sachs Gives, at the request of R. Martin Chavez and Collin Gage.

High Line Programs are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Council.

High Line Families is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with New York City Council.

Lead support for High Line Art comes from Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Major support for High Line Art is provided by The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, and Charina Endowment Fund. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from New York State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.

Agora is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Location Details:
On the High Line between Gansevoort St. and West 26th St.



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