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Newark 350 Family Fun Festival Saturday, Oct. 17


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11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Military Park, Newark, NJ



  • 11 a.m.

Creation Nation™ Art & Peace Parade, featuring Animodule™ sculptures followed by Battle of the Bands between Malcolm X. Shabazz High School marching band and East Orange High School. (The parade starts at NJPAC, runs down Center Street, makes a left on Broad Street, a left on Park Place, repeats the same route, then ends in Military Park.)




  • 12:30 p.m.

 New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quartet

  • 1 p.m.

Felix Hernandez's Family Fun Rhythm Revue Dance Party broadcast live on WBGO Jazz 88.3 and

  • 2 p.m.

Youth vocal performance group Special Ensemble

  • 2:20 p.m.

Poetry selections from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poetry Festival

  • 2:40 p.m. 

NJPAC’s Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens

  • 3 p.m. 

Newark Celebration 350 Announcement Program

  • 3:45 p.m. 

Angela Johnson

  • 4 p.m. 

Kenny Lattimore

  • 4:15 p.m.

Family dance party with World Famous DJ Tony Touch




  • 12:30 p.m.

Nai-Ni Chen Dance presents The Ten Elements of Chinese Dance Workshop

  • 1 p.m.

Yoga sessions with Newark Yoga Movement 

  • 1:30 p.m.

Carolyn Dorfman Dance's high-energy dancers

  • 2 p.m.

Nai-Ni Chen Dance presents Ribbon Dance Workshop

  • 2:30 p.m.

Freestyle exhibition by FloydLittle's Double Dutch Inc (FLDD)

  • 3:30 p.m.

Afro Brazilian Arts & Education Academy

Free Tickets, Parades, Festivals and Live Performances

 Are Some of the Special Attractions Offered 

to Residents and Visitors

NEWARK, NJ – October 14, 2015 – The first programming schedule for the City of Newark’s 350th Anniversary Celebration, announced today by the Newark Celebration 350 Committee (NC350), spans more than a hundred events and countless activities, with the guarantee of more to come.

 The talents and accomplishments of Newark citizens, the city’s rich history and its vibrancy today are central to the festivities, which are being presented by a unique coalition of residents and community stalwarts, such as Essex County, Newark Public Library, Newark Museum, Rutgers University-Newark, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO), the New Jersey Devils and New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC).

Here is a glimpse of the anniversary happenings outlined today:


  • New Jersey Devils tickets, distributed free to 35,000 Newark residents
  • Tickets priced at $3.50 for select performances at NJPAC
  • Outdoor fairs that reflect the cultures of Newark’s diverse populations
  • A holiday tour of Newark’s most remarkable churches, decorated for the season
  • A series of public conversations, ranging from Colonial-era Newark to the civil unrest of 1967
  • A multimedia oral history project coordinated by WBGO Jazz 88.3FM
  • Jams with NJSO artists and local musicians throughout the city’s wards
  • Programs and activities promoting stewardship of the urban environment


The accompanying schedule is the first in a series of programming updates to come in the months ahead. Its release follows community idea sessions held recently in each of Newark’s five wards.


On Saturday, Oct. 17, a free Family Fun Festival kicks off with the Creation Nation™ Art and Peace Parade at 11 a.m. in the newly renovated Military Park. The event, held until 5 p.m., heralds plans for 2016 and includes live concerts and performances, arts and crafts, and various demonstrations and activities.


“We are very excited with our first slate of NC350 programs for 2016.  The community’s response, interest and desire to be involved has been overwhelming.  We have received many great ideas for programming and are thrilled with the direction of the year-long event,” stated Junius Williams, the Chair of NC350.  “An important factor to our programming has been the direct feedback we received from our Programming Committee and at each of our five community ward meetings. The turnout exceeded our expectations and we received great direction from the members of each of our diverse communities. We are starting this anniversary with strong community support, and look forward to seeing everyone this Saturday afternoon in Military Park.”


NJPAC President and CEO John Schreiber, the Chair of the NC350 Programming Committee, stated, “Throughout the year we will be adding events that will be fun and informative, historical and forward-looking, for both young and old alike.  NC350 will have something for everyone and we encourage residents of Newark and beyond to take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about their city and enjoy all that it offers.”


Additional proposals for NC350 programming events may be submitted online at Visit the website at for schedule highlights and special announcements.


The current list of NC350 events follows:




Prudential Center and the New Jersey Devils

Prudential Center and the New Jersey Devils will make 35,000 tickets available to Newark residents throughout 2016. “We are honored to be part of the 350th birthday by opening our doors to our neighbors, and provide an opportunity to experience the thrill of live hockey,” said New Jersey Devils President Hugh Weber. “This celebration is an opportunity to highlight our city and those who live, work and enjoy Newark." Tickets for select games in 2016 will be available through an online registration for Newark residents. Game dates and registration information will be will be announced in November for games taking place in January – April. Games available through this offer in September – December will be announced in August.


NJPAC: $3.50 for 350

A limited number of tickets for select performances will be available for $3.50 at the box office only, commencing on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. Valid ID required, maximum two tickets per person. The offer is good for these performances, with more to be announced:   

  • The Hip Hop Nutcracker (Dec. 19)
  • The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Jan. 8)
  • Dance Theatre of Harlem (Jan. 15)
  • Orchestre National de France (Jan. 29)
  • Disney’s FANTASIA – Live in Concert (Feb. 19)
  • Cinderella, Russian National Ballet Theatre (March 10)
  • Dodge Poetry at NJPAC: Newark Voices (March 18)
  • San Francisco Symphony (April 15)
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (May 6 and 7)



Through the Newark Neighbors Program, complimentary tickets will be available to Newark neighborhood and civic groups for a number of NJSO’s concerts in 2016. 


Newark Museum

Free family membership for every household in Newark. Includes unlimited free admission, discounts and special programs. Sign up at the museum.





2016 “Ward Jams” and Free Concerts


During 2016, ensembles from the NJSO join with jazz musicians to perform several “Ward Jams,” bringing live music to Newark’s most historic neighborhoods. The orchestra’s 2016 free concert in Branch Brook Park in Newark, funded by Essex County, will include musicians and musical groups from Newark. 


Newark Boys Chorus Annual Spring Concert

Sunday, June 12, 2016, 3 p.m.

Newark Museum


Known as Newark’s “Musical Ambassadors,” the Newark Boys Chorus performs throughout the world with a diversified repertoire that includes traditional and classical music, spirituals, folk music and jazz. The spring concert will include a specially arranged medley of songs, featuring the music of some of Newark’s arts luminaries, to celebrate the 350th anniversary.


Essex County Free SummerMusic Concert Series

Summer 2016


The concert series brings a diverse group of musicians and entertainers to perform at locations throughout the historic Essex County Park System and allows residents to enjoy a leisurely evening in Newark parks. For a complete schedule, available in May, call (973) 268-3500 or check


Jazz in the Garden

Newark Museum

Thursdays, June-July 2016, 12:15-1:45 p.m.


One of the nation’s longest running jazz festivals, Jazz in the Garden is held in the museum’s Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Memorial Garden. Some of the notables who have performed are Jimmy Guiffre, Carrie Smith, Houston Person & Etta James, Ron Carter, Cedar Walton, David Murray, Lou Donaldson, TS Monk and Dee Dee Bridgewater.


Lincoln Park Music Festival and Music Speaks

Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District 

July 2016

Lincoln Park and ward sites TBD


In honor of Newark’s anniversary, Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District’s Music Speaks program will highlight its 11th annual Lincoln Park Music Festival season. This interactive lecture, music and multimedia arts series, which will take place in each of Newark’s five wards, promotes appreciation for the arts, music and dance.


FIVE by Anthony Davis

Trilogy: An Opera Company

November 2016


This opera is about the five young black and Latino men who were wrongly accused of raping and assaulting a white jogger in Central Park in 1989. The opera explores the public’s perception of their guilt and revisits the long road to their exoneration.




Newark 350 Film Festival

Dates TBD

Venue TBD


A festival of classic, contemporary and historical fiction and documentary films that celebrate the spectrum of cinematic talent generated by the city. These films, which tackle social justice, race and celebrity, will be presented with post-screening discussions with Newark personalities. Curated and hosted by Emmy-nominated, award-winning Newark filmmakers Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno. Featuring the following films:

  • On the Waterfront (1954) featuring actress Eva Marie Saint (born in Newark)
  • Revolution ’67 (2007) filmmakers Marylou & Jerome Bongiorno 
  • Do the Right Thing (1989) cinematographer Ernest Dickerson (born in Newark) 
  • The Rule (2014) filmmakers Marylou & Jerome Bongiorno 
  • Fruitvale Station (2013) actor Michael B. Jordan (Arts High School alumnus)
  • The King of Comedy (1983) actor Jerry Lewis (born in Newark)


NewWork: Newark in 3D 

Newark Museum

Late January-December 2016

Newark filmmakers Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno's acclaimed city symphony film in 3D captures the vibrancy of what’s endured in Newark, from the city’s bustling business districts, port, airport and transit hubs to its treasured landmarks, parks, grand public monuments, places of worship and impressive iron bridges. The film features poetry and music from Newark-based artists and musicians, including Jon Curley of NJIT, Newark Boys Chorus School, Arts High School and the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart Choir.


7th Annual Women’s History Month Film Festival

Women In Media-Newark

March 29-April 6, 2016

Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University-Newark

Newark’s 7th Annual Women’s History Month Film Festival will screen an international collection of films by and about women that examine jazz as musical expression, as well as a metaphor for women’s work. As part of the Cell Phone Cinema Contest, students ages 16-24 use their cell phones to create three- to seven-minute films about global issues facing women. Visit for details. The festival is held in collaboration with community partners, including Rutgers University-Newark, the City of Newark and WBGO.


The Power of Words: Amiri Baraka

April-May 2016

The students of the Paulo Freire Charter School, in conjunction with the Tribeca Film Institute, will film a short documentary to interpret the poetic words of the late Amiri Baraka of Newark. The film will screen at the Tribeca Film Festival in May. Students and residents of Newark may also see the film at the CityPlex12 Newark cinemas sometime around April 18-29.


Newark Black Film Festival

June 29-Aug. 3, 2016

Newark Museum and other venues TBD

The Newark Black Film Festival, among the most prestigious black film festivals in the U.S., presents a diversity of viewpoints in black film history, presentation and progress. It is celebrating its 42nd year of exploring the black experience through cinema. On Aug. 3 at 4:30 p.m., the festival will host its biennial Paul Robeson Awards to recognize excellence in independent filmmaking. The Robeson Awards honors the revered activist, performer and athlete.