Fair or Festival

Summer Garden Party at Murray Playground LIC

Sunday, June 23, 2024
2 – 4PM

Join in for a thematic afternoon of performances, followed by a dance lesson and open dance floor for all to a live Queens band!

Want a free reminder? Free RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-garden-party-at-murray-playground-lic-tickets-896729501077?aff=oddtdtcreator

Location: Murray Playground, 21st Street at 45th Road, Long Island City

Transportation: E/M/7/G to Court Square or Q67 Bus. Limited street parking.

See ADA accessible stations here: https://new.mta.info/map/5346


Performances by:

  • Barbara Mahler Dances
  • Kinding Sindaw
  • Nā Pua Mai Ka Lani Nuioka
  • Nicole Kadar & Dancers/a movement company
  • Greek circle dance lesson with guest Greek American Folklore Society
  • Open Dance Floor with Queens band, Sounds of Cyprus!

Sounds of Cyprus is a Cypriot orchestra co-founded by Peter Douskalis and Elena Chris in New York City. The group performs the traditional music of Cyprus in varying orchestrations and styles that both consciously honor the time period of composition and period instruments as well as perform with a modern approach. Peter Douskalis, Project/Music Director, plays the laouto, oud, mandolin, and guitar in the group, switching between the proper instrument as needed for the authentic and modern orchestration of the pieces. Elena Chris, vocalist and Artistic Director, sings the traditional songs in the Cypriot dialect of Greek, as well as in Turkish for songs that contain lyrics in both languages. Other instruments of the group include Alex Tasopoulos, violin/viola, and also vary to contrabass, pithkiavli, ney, and percussion. Sounds of Cyprus is an inclusive collective that promotes diversity and positive cultural exchange, promoting all of the Sounds of Cyprus.

Performances subject to change. Performances may be canceled due to extreme weather conditions; please follow them on Instagram @queensborodancefestival for up-to-date announcements.

Photo credit: John Casem