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Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York City Kicks Off in April


Back for its fourth consecutive year, the Red Bull Music Academy Festival in New York City kicks off a stellar lineup of film screenings, conversations with the industry’s legendary tastemakers and a variety of music workshops that impact the musical and cultural landscape from April 29th – May 22nd.


Extending for nearly a month, a myriad of special events are already booked on our social calendars. Here are a few of our top choices so you can plan to be there, too.

KIKI – NYC Film Premiere (April 29th)
El Museo del Barrio

Featuring a detailed look at New York City’s ballroom subculture known as Kiki, this must-see film received rave reviews earlier this year at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival for its captivating storytelling years after the performance-based art form of voguing was made popular in the early 1990s by global pop star Madonna and the documentary “Paris Is Burning.” This whirlwind of style, fashion, innovation and glamour follows its primary characters representing the diversity within the LGBT youth of color preparing for elaborate presentations on the dance floor while fostering their own sense of community. The NYC film premiere will also feature performances from the ballroom community and music by Qween Beat.


A Conversation with Spike Lee (May 2nd)
SVA Theatre

With over 30 years of filmmaking magic under his belt, director Spike Lee sits down with Nelson George to discuss not only his respected work, but also about being involved in some of the most iconic musical moments in film. Spike Lee will talk at length about how music has inspired him over the years and the part played in his films.

Brooklyn Flea Record Fair (May 14th)

Over 50 independent record labels will once again present their goods with the top hand-picked DJs enlisted specifically for this event now celebrating its fourth year of operation. Alongside tasty treats from Smorgasburg, this year’s festival revisits the Williamsburg’s seasonal outdoor foodie market for an afternoon of fun and more great music you simply won’t want to miss.

Last Night A DJ Saved My Soul (May 22nd)
Former Church Located at 257 Washington Ave

Inspired by the RBMA Daily article of the same name, imagine taking a deeper dive into the infectious beat of house music and prepare for the gospel according to pioneers such as New Jersey’s own “King of Gospel House” Kenny Bobien, Detroit’s Terrence Parker and Ann Nesby, lead singer of Sounds of Blackness. This event brings together artists saving souls on and off the dance floor for decades using disco, house, gospel and inspirational messages throughout their respective music careers.

For the complete list of events, head to the official Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York website.

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