The Vibe of the Village Festival

When: November 22 – 24, 6:00pm
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Friday, November 22 - Sunday, November 24, 2019

Celebrate the creative legacy of The Village Voice (1955-2018), the downtown alternative weekly that "gave New York its cool."

In honor of the one-year anniversary of the pioneering paper's closing, this weekend-long festival features conversations with former Voice writers and photographers, a coffeehouse-style concert with legendary musician David Amram and friends, pop-up musical and spoken-word performances, family activities, and more!

At once a feisty neighborhood newspaper that challenged local politics and the essential chronicler of downtown arts and culture, the Voice helped define the free-wheeling spirit of the Village in the late 1950s, '60s, and '70s (and beyond) while nurturing several generations of influential American journalists, critics, and photographers. Join us to explore what both the late-lamented Voice, and more broadly "the Village," meant and continues to mean to New York's identity as a creative hotbed.

6:00 - 9:00 pm - MCNY After Hours:
Experience the vibes of the Village uptown. Enjoy music and live performances evoking New York's downtown and alternative music scene in its heyday, imbibe cocktails, and join us for guided tours of our Voice of the Village exhibition.

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10:00 am - 10:30 pm

Please note: General Admission tickets do not apply for session admission. Tickets to sessions must be purchased separately. Session tickets include Museum admission for Saturday.

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Session I - 1:00 pm
Capturing the Vibe: Photojournalists & The Voice

Former Voice photographers consider what it means to capture the pulse of the city on camera. Moderated by photo critic and former Voice art editor Vince Aletti.

Session II - 3:00 pm
New York's Magic Mirror: Writers & The Voice

A group of former Voice writers discuss their experiences at the famed weekly covering politics, culture, and the downtown scene, from the 1960s into the ‘90s. Moderated by journalist Ada Calhoun.

Session III - 8:00 pm
Voices of the Village with David Amram & Friends

Legendary composer, conductor, and musician David Amram leads an evening of performance celebrating the creative and collaborative spirit of the Village in the 1960s and '70s. 

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Throughout the Day:
-  Enjoy pop-up performances by musicians and poets. 
-  Tours of our exhibition Voice of the Village: Fred W. McDarrah Photographs.
-  Drinks and snacks available for purchase from the Museum's cafe, Amy's Bread.
-  And more! Check back or join our email list for updates.

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11:00 am - 3:00 pm - Family Activities and Happenings:


- Art Making
- Sing-a-longs
- Poetry Readings

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The Vibe of the Village Festival is inspired by the Museum’s exhibition The Voice of the Village: Fred W. McDarrah Photographs (on view through December 1, 2019).

Members: To receive your discount, click on the "Buy Tickets" button above, then sign in to your account on the ticketing page.

Groups of 10 or more get discounts; contact us at or 917.492.3395.

Accessibility: Assistive listening devices are available and our auditorium wheelchair lift can accommodate manual and motorized wheelchairs (max. capacity 500 lbs). Please contact the Museum at 917.492.3333 or with any questions.


The Vibe of the Village Festival is made possible by Dalio Philanthropies. Special thanks to John and Patricia Heller.

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