Howl! Festival Swoops Into East Village This Weekend

The weekend gathering celebrates the seminal poem with readings, art, dance, and more.

Ginsberg's seminal poem is celebrated all weekend.
Howl! Festival
Ginsberg's seminal poem is celebrated all weekend.

Allen Ginsberg's Howl! has inspired generation after generation, having had influence far beyond anything the poet ever imagined during his first reading of it in San Francisco in 1955. Since 2003, East Village residents have celebrated the seminal poem every year with the Howl! Festival--a gathering of writers, artists, musicians, dancers, and more. This year's bash kicks off Friday afternoon with a group reading led by poet Bob Holman, featuring a "Greek Chorus" of voices from the poetry group Pop Up Poets, in Tompkins Square Park at 4:30 p.m. The free fest continues throughout the weekend with a variety of events, including readings, a carnival, and dance performances. The weekend tops off at 5 p.m. on Sunday with "Low Life 6: East Village Others," a show paying homage to the explosion of culture in the East Village between 1966 and 1972.

 
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James Ph. Kotsybar
James Ph. Kotsybar

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Robertpetrick
Robertpetrick

Hey Eric, howl about saying something about the art!

 
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