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DISSIDENT ARTS - NEW MASSES MEDIA: DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL

DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2017: August 19

DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2017 is scheduled for Saturday August 19 at 5C Cafe and Cultural Center 68 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009. The line-up for this year's event includes:

*AMINA BARAKA & THE RED MICROPHONE
Amina Baraka-poetry/voice; Ras Moshe Burnett-tenor and soprano saxophones, flute; Rocco John Iacovone-alto and soprano saxophones, piano; Laurie Towers-electric bass; John Pietaro-drums, hand drums, percussion, musical direction

*TRUDY SILVER'S WHERE'S THE OUTRAGE
Trudy Silver-piano, composition-ensemble TBA

*Performance Artist CRYSTAL SHIPP

*Poet BERNARD BLOCK

OTHERS TBA

This year's Festival is dedicated to the fight for free speech. It will be a loud and proud speak-out against the neo-fascist, coldly capitalist Trump administration and assorted brownshirt minions

FESTIVAL HISTORY:
Since its inception in 2006, the Dissident Arts Festival has been a powerful vehicle to bridge radical arts to progressive socio-political activism. Increasingly, the Festival has gained media attention over the course of its decade-long history as evidenced by press in TimeOut NY, the Indypendent, the Villager, Downtown Express, Peoples World, Chronogram and others. In 2013, noted jazz journalist Howard Mandel offered kudos in his remarks on social media. Over the years the Dissident Arts Festival has been endorsed by the Rosenberg Fund for Children, the Len Ragozin Foundation, Local 802's Justice for Jazz Artists campaign, Occupy Musicians, the Howland Cultural Center and DooBeeDooBeeDoo music blog.

Originally based in the Hudson Valley city of Beacon NY and moving to New York City in 2010, the Festival’s performers and speakers over the years included actor/raconteur Malachy McCourt, late great trumpet player Roy Campbell, folk legend Pete Seeger, filmmaker Kevin Keating, spoken word artists Steve Dalachinsky and the late Louis Reyes Rivera, the late reeds player/composer Will Connell, political satirist/activist Randy Credico , multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter, hip hop ensemble ReadNex Poetry Squad, labor leader Henry Foner, punk-folk artist Lach and many more. Films screened included ‘Giuliani Time’, ‘Cultures of Resistance’, ‘Salt of the Earth’, ‘Battleship Potemkin’ and ‘Metropolis’. Other special features were tributes to Paul Robeson, Bertolt Brecht, Woody Guthrie, and Phil Ochs. The Dissident Arts Festival has also offered a voice to progressive political candidates, the Occupy movement and radical labor organizations.

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