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The Top 10 Upcoming Events In New York City

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Updated: 9 February 2017
As the cultural capital of the United States, New York was teaming with festivities in Autumn and Winter 2013. From surprising pop-up exhibition spaces to major literary festivals, delicious culinary fairs to interdisciplinary artistic gatherings, here is a list of The Culture Trip’s top 10 New York events from 2013.
American Modern: Hopper to O'Keeffe at MoMA
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Art | American Modern: Hopper to O’Keeffe at MoMA

17 August 2013 – 26 January 2014

American Modern: Hopper to O’Keeffe takes a selection of works, mostly from MoMA’s permanent collection, to illustrate the changing preoccupations of American art during the period between 1915 and 1950. The exhibit brings together paintings, drawings, prints and photographs by artists like George Bellows, Stuart Davis, Edward Hopper and Georgia O’Keeffe among others. Curators Kathy Curry and Esther Adler have approached the show from a fresh perspective, creating thematic and visual connections through the juxtaposition of well known and lesser known works, demonstrating the aesthetic preferences of the period.

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BAM Next Wave Festival
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Performing Arts | BAM Next Wave Festival

17 September – 22 December 2013

For more than 150 years, the Brooklyn Academy of Music has been host to cutting edge performers and fresh artistic ideas through its programme of theater, dance, music, opera, film, and more. Entering into its 31st season in 2013, BAM ’s Next Wave Festival has played a vital role in the development of the New York art scene over the last three decades. The earliest editions, in 1981 and 1982, featured a handful of acts, among them Philip Glass‘ opera Satyagraha and a work by artist and dancer Laurie Anderson. The festival allowed these artists, who had previously shown primarily in the lofts and small theatres of SoHo, to perform in the magnificent 2,100-seat BAM Opera House. This year’s compelling lineup includes acts such as Henrik Ibsen and Thomas Ostermeier’s An Enemy of the People and Dance Heginbotham’s Dark Theatre.

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Photography | Photoville

19-29 September 2013

For the second year in a row, Photoville will occupy more than 60,000 sq. feet in Brooklyn Bridge Park, when a pop-up village of freight containers acts as a temporary exhibition venue for the work of innovative, international photographers. The over 30 mini-galleries are complemented by lectures, hands-on workshops, night-time projections and a summer beer-garden with food trucks among other other special features. This truly unique photography destination will sit along the park’s waterfront, overlooking the majestic Manhattan skyline.

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The Brooklyn Book Festival
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Literature | The Brooklyn Book Festival

22 September 2013

As one of America’s most significant book fairs, and the largest book fair in New York, the Brooklyn Book Festival welcomes a variety of highly regarded, established as well as emerging authors. The event draws a large crowd of avid literary fans to meet its over 340 writers, witness its more than 90 panel discussions and participate in its series of workshops and readings. The 2013 programme features names such as Edwidge Danticat, Pete Hamill, Lois Lowry and Colum McCann among others.

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DUMBO Arts Festival
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Arts | DUMBO Arts Festival

27-29 September 2013

The Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline provide a striking backdrop to the annual DUMBO Arts Festival. Exhibiting the projects of over 500 highly talented local, national, and international artists the festival typically attracts a mass audience of more than 200,000 visitors. During the three day event, the participating artists dominate the area’s infrastructure, turning its streets, parks, bridges, buildings and loading docks into surfaces and stages for its multimedia works. Visitors can expect to be surprised by unlikely installations, massive projections, interactive performances and other grand spectacles.

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The New York Film Festival
film still All is Lost | © Before The Door Pictures

Film | NYFF51

27 September – 13 October 2013

Introduced in 1963, the New York Film Festival has been a major event in the city’s cultural calendar for the past five decades. Each year, films for this non-competitive festival are selected by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. As part of the NYFF51 programme Transmedia brings the second edition of NYFF Convergence, which explores the overlap of technology and storytelling through a series of captivating storytelling projects. Other highlights include the presentation of Oscar nominated director J.C. Chandor’s All is Lost starring Robert Redford, and Abdellatif Kechiche’s controversial film Blue is the Warmest Color.

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The Affordable Art Fair
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Art | The Affordable Art Fair New York

3-6 October 2013

The Affordable Art Fair New York is an unpretentious gathering where attendees can enjoy and purchase the artwork of emerging artists and recent art graduates. Held over a four day period, the over 50 galleries exhibiting at the event provide an inspiring array of original paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs for anywhere between $100 and $10,000. The fair website offers a comprehensively compiled guide to buying art for those new to collecting, while the event’s friendly galleries are available to share their wisdom with visitors. A private view will be held on October 2nd at The Tunnel in Chelsea.

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Open House New York
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Architecture | Open House New York

12-13 October 2013

The goal of Open House New York is to offer deeper understanding and greater appreciation for the built environment of New York City. The initiative, founded in 2001 by Scott Lauer, helps expose those interested to remarkable examples of the city’s architecture, engineering and design to inspire dialogue and promote the importance of historic preservation. As part of New York City’s first Architecture Week, the annual Open House weekend was initiated in 2003, to open private New York buildings up for view to the public. The event has greatly increased in size and scope since its inaugural year, and the 2013 edition includes sustainablenewyork which highlights the value of environmentally friendly construction as well as active design, which supports physical activity and health through design.

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The Architecture and Design Film Festival
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Architecture/Design and Film | The Architecture and Design Film Festival

16-20 October 2013

Combining the creative categories of film, architecture and design, the Architecture and Design Film Festival holds its New York event this October. Founded by architect Kyle Bergman, the festival aims to highlight the strong connection between film and architecture and to educate, entertain and engage all those with an interest in architecture and design. Films will be screened at the Tribeca Cinemas, and complemented by a series of speakers with a special knowledge of the field, as well as an architectural driving tour.

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The New York City Wine and Food Festival
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Food | The New York City Wine and Food Festival

17-20 October 2013

Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival will celebrate its sixth season in 2013. The festival is the only New York event to gather international master chefs and television culinary icons at a single foodie affair. The selection of the world’s greatest chefs will be joined by winemakers, spirits producers and personalities for four days of mouthwatering flavours and enlightening demonstrations. The New York City Wine and Food Festival benefits the hunger-relief programs of Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign.

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