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Entry from August 09, 2005
HOWL! (Festival of East Village Artists)
"Howl" is the title of a 1955 poem by Allen Ginsberg. HOWL! is the Festival of East Village Arts, a week-long August celebration first held in 2003. 2005's festival celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the poem.

The HOWL! festival went on hiatus after 2013.

Wikipedia: Howl
Howl is a poem by Allen Ginsberg that was first performed in 1955 in the Six Gallery in San Francisco. It is noted for relating stories and experiences of his friends and contemporaries, its tumbling hallucinatory style, and the subsequent obscenity trial which it provoked. It is dedicated to Ginsberg's friend Carl Solomon, whom he met in a mental institution.

Festival of East Village Arts
Sept 8-16
I saw the best minds of my generation… at this weeklong street festival last summer (ok, they might not have been "the best," but they were a lot of fun). Consider all of the aforementioned street fairs as practice for this mother of them all. Named for the iconic Allen Ginsberg poem, The Howl Festival heads into its fourth year but will take place in early September this time around, instead of late August.

The Lower East Side and the East Village will again play host to the festival's many performing and visual arts events, and while no formal schedule has yet been posted, you can rest assured that the festival will feature an eclectic mix of innovative and edgy dance, poetry, music and theatrical performances.


HOWL! 2005, our 3rd annual celebration of the East Village and its Diaspora, kicks off on Sunday, August 21st, with Murray Hill hosting the Opening Night Party at The Delancey. The seven days after that will feature multiple celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of Ginsberg's landmark poem HOWL!, our first Hip Hop HOWL!, a resurrection of the Japanese Cultural Festival, and a longer, louder Processional from Astor Place to Tompkins Square Park - kicking off park favorites: Wigstock, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Art Around The Park, the Bluegrass Ball, Way the F**k Off-Broadway, Viva CHARAS and howl jr.!

So fuggetabout the Hamptons, cancel the Catskills, and HOWL! with us for eight days of dance, theater, music, film, poetry, visual and performance art. Visit http://www.howlfestival.com to volunteer and get involved.


Phil Hartman
Executive Director

The week-long annual HOWL! Festival, produced every August by the Federation of East Village Artists, celebrates the neighborhood's role as the cradle of counterculture. It brings to the bars, clubs, galleries, parks, streets, and theaters of the Lower East Side an explosion of dance, film, food, music, performance, painting, poetry, sculpture, and theater.

The festival attracts more than 200,000 people to hundreds of events and many venues throughout the neighborhood, truly a metropolitan county fair.

Luminaries like Boy George, Steve Buscemi, Steve Earle, Karen Finley, Nan Goldin, Luis Guzman, Jim Jarmusch, Moby, Lou Reed, Ed Sanders, and Suzanne Vega draw the festival's crowds but its real stars are the hardworking independent artists and writers who continue to invigorate the neighborhood with their inconoclastic spirit.


Allen Ginsberg Poetry Festival
A week-long celebration of the legacy of American icon Allen Ginsberg, featuring a 50th anniversary presentation of his landmark epic poem, "HOWL!"

Art in the park, on the streets and in local galleries, featuring a gallery art crawl through the east village and the lower east side

The amazing EV/LES community gardens are the setting for a series of sensational screenings and performances.

Art In Odd Places
Artists explore the meaning of public art and space and to examine its role in our society. For more information about the locations, times, projects and artists please visit http://www.artinoddplaces.org

Fusion Arts Festival
Boundaries break down as lower east side artists perform and exhibit new work.

Hip Hop HOWL!
Live performances by the old school and new.

HOWL! Dance
Cutting-edge choreography from the world's most vibrant dance community.

HOWL! Film
The birthplace of independent film is celebrated with premieres, retrospectives and special presentations

HOWL! Literature
Celebrated writers from the East Village and beyond showcase their work in offbeat environments including a Laundromat.

HOWL! Music
The East Village becomes a wall of sound, with live performances at Downtown's leading music venues.

HOWL! Theater
Experimental and excessive in unimaginable ways, these performances pulse with the imaginings of the counter-culture.

Edgy Jewish Culture for adventurous non-sectarians.

Sister City
Project A cultural exchange program between the artists of Kiev and the East Village, a community with deep Ukrainian roots

Tribal Soundz
World Music performances, classes and clinics for children & adults

Off the Grid (Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation)
The HOWL! Festival
Historically, the Village and East Village have always been the place for artists, writers, performers, and a slew of other creatives in New York City, a fact that is widely celebrated as one of the area’s defining characteristics. The HOWL! Festival is a celebration of this history. Founded in 2003 and named for long time East Village resident Allen Ginsberg’s famous poem, the mission of the HOWL! Festival is “to honor, develop, create and produce,” as well as to “celebrate local cultural icons and lionize, preserve, and advance the art, history, culture, and counterculture unique to the East Village and Lower East Side.”
Though the festival was set to take place again in 2014, it ended up going on hiatus with no indication as of yet whether it would resume in 2015 or beyond.
Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityHolidays/Events/Parades • Tuesday, August 09, 2005 • Permalink