Mayor Ras Baraka read poetry and local Ironbound artists were featured at events celebrating the start of the 2nd Annual Ironbound Multicultural Festival at the Prospect Street Fire House.
Presented by East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador, the County of Essex, the City of Newark, the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) and the Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC), the events featured live music and performances along with the exhibition of work by more than 50 painters, photographers, sculptors, writers and filmmakers among the Ironbound artists-in-residence. Other sponsors include Power Concrete, Inc., Adega Grill, Grupo Seabra, Don Pepe Restaurant, Pao Da Terra Bakery, Sol-Mar Restaurant, Sabor Latino Restaurant and El Emigrante.
The festival shifted from the Prospect Street Fire House to the Ironbound’s Riverbank Park with music and dance performances by local Brazilian, Ecuadorian, Portuguese and Spanish groups as well as classical ballet and music from the NJ Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble.
The Multicultural Festival continues through Sunday, September 28th, with poetry readings, music and dance performances, plus special opportunities for schools and a senior’s day on Wednesday that will include a reception and remarks from Councilman Amador and a follow up poetry reading by Mayor Baraka. Admission is free to the attend the events at the Prospect Street Fire House and appetizers and refreshments will be served.
Seth A. Grossman, the IBID’s Executive Director noted the importance of the arts not only to Ironbound residents but also to the district’s appeal as a travel and tourism destination. The IBID’s award-winning short film, “Meet Me in the Ironbound: A Love Story,” will be shown on Friday night. “People come to the Ironbound for great restaurants and shopping, and appreciate its accessibility and convenience for events at the nearby Prudential Center and Red Bull Arena as well,” Grossman stated. “A dynamic art scene and exhibitions at the Prospect Street Fire House add tremendously to our quality of life and the Ironbound’s ability to compete with other districts and destinations.”