Now in it's 7th year, the St George Day Festival commemorates International St George Day and Earth Day in a vibrant and unique coming together of local artists, environmentalists and community organizers. Located in St George, Staten Island, it is a engaging festival promoting communal pride, cooperative problem solving and sharing resources as foundations of a strong and sustainable neighborhood. At Thestatenislandfamily.com we are PROUD to be a partner in this hurculean LABOR OF LOVE!
MOST IMPORTANTLY: The festival is an exciting event that brings people together to experience culture, diversity, art, and community all while having fun with dragons!
St. George Day Festival:
An Arts and Earth Day Celebration of Community and Dragons!
When: Saturday, April 20, noon-7pm
Where: Tompkinsville Park, at the corner of Bay St and Victory Boulevard
Appropriate for all ages; Wheelchair accessible; FREE!
The event features a GIANT dragon parade and puppet spectacle re-telling the St George and the Dragon story from one in which St George slays the dragon to one in which he peacefully resolves the conflict, along with three jam-packed stages of live entertainment and a myriad of participatory arts and environmental activities. Enjoy all day music and dance performances by local artists; a children's zone with a stage devoted to entertainment for and by children, kids crafts, recycling games, face painting, henna tattoos; an artist's area features live painting, craft workshops, a wall encircling the park of artwork; a book area with a special stage for literary performances, book vendors, and lessons in book binding.
The St George Day Festival is Staten Island's largest Earth Day event, with exhibits, demonstrations and participatory activities to encourage people to think about our natural resources and environmental sustainability.
Highlights of the Day Include:
Ã˜ A giant puppet show (2:30pm) with that re-envisions the mythical story of St George and the dragon into one in which the protagonists resolve their conflict through mutual understanding and learning to share the natural resources in order to live peacefully together.
Ã˜ Dragon parade (2pm) kids can dress up as dragons or flower fairies who give out seed cards to onlookers.
Ã˜ All day live local music and dance performances including Tribe Hamsa Belly Dancers and local Butoh dancers, and musicians such as Yeti, Joan Caddell and the Midnight Choir, Allergic to Bs,
Ã˜ Arts and Crafts Exhibits, Sales and Workshops all day led by professional local artists.
Ã˜ A Community Drum Circle
EARTH DAY EVENTS:
Ã˜ Workshops and lectures on composting, health cooking, herb growing, plant and animal identification, tree stewardship, recycling and more!
Ã˜ Lower East Side Ecology Center will be collecting electronics waste recycling
Ã˜ GrowNYC‘s Free Store where people can bring their unwanted items and others can pick up items they want.
Ã˜ An area tree expert will host Notable Trees of St George nature walks.
Ã˜ Free Bike Repair by local bike masters
Ã˜ ReCycled Fashion exhibit of dresses made with shopping bags by local artist Gustavo Galvan.
Ã˜ Xiaolin Martial Arts' Dragon Dance Troupe will take over the streets with colorful costumes and puppets.
Ã˜ Universal Temple of the Arts will host a creative endeavor providing everone with everyday materials to make art while promoting environmental awareness and reuse.
Ã˜ A Kids crafts area with projects led by local artists, including: Hiroko Otani, Bridgette Francis, Kate Howard and Janice Patrignani.
Ã˜ GrowNYC will host environmental games including a recycling relay race in which kids pick up trash, run and put it in the appropriate receptacle.
Ã˜ As well as performances by: Watson, the Clown, Zeroboy, the Human Cartoon, the SI Youth Philharmonic and Hiroko Otani conducting a participatory orchestra.
Ã˜ Young performers be a part of a performance called “Whose Garden is it Anyway” about the interrelatedness of people, animals, plants and earth that keep our environment green and healthy.
Ã˜ Staten Island OutLoud will showcase writers reading their own Memoirs.
Ã˜ Local Published Authors will present original works.
Ã˜ Elizabeth Seaman will lead a workshop on her recently published work about conflict resolution.
Ã˜ An hour of Spanish Language Readings
Ã˜ Poetry Open Mic – bring your original works to share and express yourself. Material should be appropriate for all ages.
AND MUCH MORE!
The festival is created by a grassroots team of committed volunteers from CATPAW, the Community Association of Tompkinsville Park Promoting Arts and Whimsy, GrowNYC, the NY Department of Parks and Recreation, the New York Compost Project on Staten Island, Open Art Surgery, Deep Tanks Studio, Make SI, Westerleigh Folk Festival and the Every Thing Goes Stores. It is made possible in part by a DCA Art Fund Grant from the Council on Arts and Humanities for Staten Island with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.