24th Annual Red Hook Fest

Dance Theatre Etcetera presents the 24th Annual Red Hook Fest on Friday, June 9th to Saturday, June 10th, 2017

24th Annual Red Hook Fest

Red Hook

Dance Theatre Etcetera presents the 24th Annual Red Hook Fest on Friday, June 9th to Saturday, June 10th, 2017,  with live music and dance on the beautiful Brooklyn waterfront.

Every year the harbor-side neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn, comes together for a summer jump-off featuring a lineup of professional bands and dance companies, plus free activities for all ages like kayak rides in New York Harbor, face-painting, and an interactive scavenger hunt.

The Festival brings out more than 3,500 people throughout the weekend, both local residents and travelers from near and far. The largest single event each year in Red Hook, the festival highlights a one-of-a-kind Brooklyn neighborhood filled with art galleries, great food, and beautiful urban landscapes.


The Red Hook Fest begins Friday, June 9, 2017, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm with the Community Cook Out and DJ Dance Party at P.S. 15/Patrick F. Daly School located st 71 Sullivan Street in Red Hook.

Performances by M-TRI, DJ Leecy, and Emcee Tah Phrum Da Bush!

Red Hook Fest’s Friday event is in collaboration this year with Red Hook Walks, a Street Fair on Van Brunt organized by our partner, Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation.


Dancer under the eye on main stage at Valentino Park; ©Mark D Phillips

Festival Main Stage Events: Saturday, June 10, 2017 (2pm-7pm)
@ Louis J. Valentino, Jr. Park & Pier
(Coffey & Ferris Streets, Brooklyn)


Live music & dance on the Brooklyn waterfront with performances by Climbing PoeTree, The Dash Ensemble, The Loni Landon Dance Project and The Freedom Dabka Group.

In addition to the exciting lineup of professional mainstage performers, the Red Hook Fest showcases several youth groups, community groups, activities, and resources, including:

Youth Groups:

The Shola Bare Experience
Mat King Cole
Solomon Goodwin/MVP
The Door Dance Ensemble
Jow-ile-Bailar Dance Co.
Lyrical L
Good Shepherd Services/ Rappers
East Brooklyn Community High School Dance Group
MS 353k- Arelah’s Dance Academy

Community Groups:

Nuni Bands
Enrichment Closet
Carroll Gardens Association
Good Shepherd Services
Red Hook Art Project
Kentler Gallery
Red Hook Boaters
Red Hook Initiative
Red Hook Community Justice Center
Fifth Avenue Committee/ Brooklyn Workforce Innovations
Women in Touch


Officially incorporated in 1994, Dance Theatre Etcetera (DTE) is an important cultural programmer based in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

DTE is nationally known for making the arts a vital component of urban renewal efforts in the waterfront community of Red Hook, Brooklyn. With the creation of On The Waterfront (1993), DTE’s Founder and Executive Director, Martha Bowers, planted the seeds for a long association with the Red Hook community. This site-specific work combined live dance and music performance with a walking tour of the then abandoned Red Hook waterfront that involved a cast of professional artists and over 50 local community members. In conjunction with this event, DTE initiated community arts programs at local schools and senior centers.

Soon after, DTE spearheaded the creation of Red Hook Partners, a group of local service providers, business representatives, neighborhood residents and waterfront organizations that met regularly to coordinate local urban renewal efforts. DTE is one of the founding member organizations of the current Red Hook Coalition that formed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy to assist in local recovery efforts.

In 2002, the Board made a strategic decision to focus the organization’s mission and primary activities on arts education, and to continue producing the Red Hook Festival and other performance projects as ancillary showcases for student work and opportunities for advanced students to work with professional artists. In 2007, DTE was selected by the O’Connell Organization to be one of three not-for-profits offered a Red Hook waterfront office/studio space, rent-free, in recognition of its contributions to the community.

With a distinguished history and track record in Red Hook, DTE is now a deeply-rooted community arts organization with multiple programs that proudly serve and showcase the Red Hook community. DTE has replicated many of its art education programs in other low-income communities throughout New York City. DTE recognizes that community cultural development requires long-term commitments between artists and communities. In service to its long-range vision of a culturally aware and active community, DTE links its various education programs with its festivals, performances and administrative work.



Audience in Louis J. Valentino, Jr. Park & Pier in 2015 at The Red Hook Fest
Audience in Louis J. Valentino, Jr. Park & Pier in 2015 at The Red Hook Fest

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