(AllHipHop News) The Harlem Arts festival is back and the VIP party kicks everything off on Friday June 23 with DJ J.Period.
The opening event promises to be a fun-filled night with an open bar, food and other activities.
Next week, the opening night of the 2017 Harlem Arts Festival, along with VIP Opening Night Party sponsor Smirnoff, will set off the entire festival which features Prodigy of Mobb Deep.
Neal Ludevig told AllHipHop that the importance of the event is much larger than the celebrities.
“We believe art is a right. Art should be affordable, and everyone, no matter where you live, what your economic or social class is, should have access. It’s proven that art and music has an immensely positive impact, especially in historically underserved communities,” Ludevig said. “Harlem Arts Festival is a stage by which today’s up and coming artists can be discovered. These are people who are grinding, who have an innate need to create, to write, to sing, to dance. Imagine strolling into the Cotton Club in 1933 and stumbling on a 16 year old Lena Horne, seeing her before she became a household name. That’s what we imagine HAF becoming: the place to go to discover the next big artist to rise out of Harlem’s creative class.”
HAF’s headliner is Maurice Brown and Marc Cary’s “Short Circuit”, a performance that features Prodigy from Mobb Deep. Additionally, there are a bevy of special guests and dancers featured. The members of the band include artists that work with Talib Kweli and DJ Premier.
- HAF Tote Bag
- HAF T-Shirt
- Preferred Seating at the Festival Main Stage
- Complimentary food and bites at the Main Stage, provide by Harlem Arts Festival and select VIP Vendors