Festival cofounder Cheryl Mack said this year’s event will be bigger and more vibrant than last year. “Last year we got the sense that everyone who attended the festival had a blast, whether they were families, young artists seeking inspiration, or people just looking to have fun and soak in culture,” said Mack. “This year we are staging an even more exciting and diversified event.”
The festival will include two music stages featuring dance and theatrical performances, themed, “From Brooklyn to Bayonne.” The dance stage, hosted by Heather Smith, will showcase performances by the award-winning Jersey City Ballroom Dancers, Dance with Me Dance Studio, #TapLife, and the Surati Dance Company.
Music performers include the Anthony Fuscaldo Trio of Bayonne, followed by Conundrum, an instrumental R&B, funk and hip-hop band that features graduates of Bayonne High School. Alicia Olatuja, a jazz vocalist who performed at President Obama’s second inauguration, will perform, followed by Los Hacheros, a Latin music group.
There will be a vendor market with work by visual artists and artisans, a crafts corner will be set up for kids, a food truck row will offer food and beverages, and a beer garden will be set up. New to the festival will be the Animodules Sculpture Garden provided by the Barat Foundation.
“Art is very alive in Bayonne, and we’re thrilled about the artistic expression that people will be exposed to,” said Mack, who moved to Bayonne from Brooklyn. “This year we have a 25-percent increase in participation from visual artists. And I really think the sculpture garden is going to be a huge hit.”