Bet. Gansevoort St. and West 26th St.
Join the High Line as they kick off the 2018 season with a bang! Culture Shock is our 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.
Schedule of Activities
A Garden Soundscape
Available for download for free at thehighline.org on April 21
Brooklyn-based Native American poet Tommy Pico creates a spoken-word soundscape inspired by the High Line’s collage of plants and microclimates. This self-guided audio experience explores issues of reconciliation of 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
On the High Line at 16th St.
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
1–2pm (every 10 minutes)
at the Seating Steps on the High Line at 22nd St.
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.
On the High Line at 17th St.
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
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 artwork. Follow the sound and be surprised by the evocative, immediate connections to the art.
Poets & Activists
On the High Line at 17th St.
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 do Happy Hour
On the High Line between 15th St. and 16th St.
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. Grab a drink from Terroir and join the party!
CULTURE SHOCK: FOR FAMILIES
1–5pm on the High Line at 14th St. Passage
For toddlers to 12 years old, and their caregivers
Art-Making: Natural Graffiti
Join 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.
1–1:30pm & 2–2:30pm
Take a musical journey through South Asian music and culture with instruments made from plants and animals.
Michael & The Rockness Monsters
3:30–4pm & 4:30–5pm
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.
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