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FESTIVAL OR SPECIAL PROGRAM

World Culture Festival: Dance!

Free with Museum admission; admission is free for children under 12 with an adult.

Explore how artists find inspiration and express themselves through movement. Experiment with motion through performances, storytelling, interactive gallery activities, and artist-led workshops. For all ages.

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

All programs run from 12–5 pm unless otherwise noted.


PERFORMANCES

Space is limited; first come, first served.

 

God-House (bure kalou) with Jahra "Rager" Wasasala

12–12:30 pm, 1–1:30 pm, 2–2:30 pm

The award-winning movement artist, poet, and world-builder presents a performance that opens up the vivid realms connected to the taonga (artifacts) in the exhibition Atea: Nature and Divinity in Polynesia.

Floor 1, Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, Gallery 359

 

Puppet Show: The Colors of Krishna's Love

1–1:30 pm, 2–2:30 pm, 3–3:30 pm

Celebrate Diwali with The Culture Tree as they present a puppet show inspired by Krishna, one of the most widely revered and popular Indian gods.

Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 206

 

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers

2:30–3 pm, 3:30–4 pm, 4:30–5 pm

Dance with the oldest resident Native American dance company in New York.

Floor 1, The American Wing, Gallery 700

 

 

ART ACTIVITIES AND GALLERY DEMONSTRATIONS

Meet artists and make art together inspired by The Met collection! Unless otherwise noted, activities are best for ages 3 and up.

 

Tap Your Toes

Explore how to use your body as an instrument by turning your sneakers into tap shoes!

Ground floor, Carson Family Hall West, Uris Center for Education

 

Reimagining Ancient Greek Prizes with Rose Nestler

Did you know that modern-day trophies are inspired by prizes for ancient Greek games? Make your own trophy with video artist Rose Nestler, who makes oversized, fabric reinterpretations of ancient Greek vessels.

Ground floor, Carson Family Hall West, Uris Center for Education

 

Jingling Jewelry

Celebrate Diwali by making colorful, acoustic jewelry inspired by artworks in The Met collection.

Ground floor, Carson Family Hall East, Uris Center for Education

 

Dancing with Degas (Best for ages 5 and up)

Connect science and art by building a basic motor to make a tiny dancer twirl.

Ground floor, Carson Family Hall East, Uris Center for Education

 

Flamenco Dancing Workshop with Ballet Hispánico

1–1:30 pm (For all ages), 2–2:30 pm (Best for ages 13 and up)

Express yourself through the empowering dance style of flamenco with the nation's premier Latino dance organization.

Ground floor, Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Uris Center for Education

 

Salsa Dancing Workshop with Ballet Hispánico

3–3:30 pm (For all ages), 4–4:30 pm (Best for ages 13 and up)

Move to a fun, rhythmic salsa sequence with Ballet Hispánico.

Ground floor, Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Uris Center for Education

 

Dancing with Lights and Digital Art 

Learn to code and construct wearable circuits, then create digital body sketches with STEM From Dance.

Ground floor, Studio, Uris Center for Education

 

Capoeira Workshop

12–12:30 pm, 1–1:30 pm, 2–2:30 pm, 3–3:30 pm, 4–4:30 pm

Learn capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music, with FICA New York.

Ground floor, Art Study, Uris Center for Education

 

Every Body Dances

Let your body create its own story. Be inspired by works of art from The Met collection and learn basic dance movements and techniques with Infinity Dance Theater. All bodies are encouraged to participate.

Ground floor, Carroll Classroom, Uris Center for Education

 

Wangechi Mutu: From Seat to Feet

Create animated figures using collage material inspired by The Facade Commission: Wangechi Mutu, The NewOnes, will free Us, and Mutu's collages.

Floor 1, Modern and Contemporary Spine, Gallery 399

 

Drop-in Drawing with Teens@Graham

Sketch live dancers as they perform choreography that embodies power. Drawing demonstrations with teaching artists repeat every 30 minutes.

Floor 1, Egyptian Art, Gallery 131, The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing, 

 

 

STORYTELLING AND QUIET SPACES

 

Tot Spot (Best for ages 0–5)

Play and learn with books, blocks, and more just for early learners.

Ground floor, Nolen Library, Uris Center for Education

 

Storytime with Miss Nina (Best for ages 3 and up)

1–1:30 pm, 2–2:30 pm

"Rap, Rock & Read" during Miss Nina's signature show! Clap, stomp, shake, dance, wiggle, and sing along during this interactive Storytime.

Ground floor, Nolen Library, Uris Center for Education

 

Quiet Spaces

12:30–4:30 pm

Stop by these quiet spaces for time with art and books.

Floor 1, Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, Gallery 353

Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 229, The Sackler Wing Galleries

 

World Culture Festival: Dance!

is made possible in part by the E.H.A. Foundation and Tiger Baron Foundation.

 

Use #MetFest and tag @metmuseum on Twitter and Instagram.

 

The cafeteria celebrates World Culture Festival. A special menu is available for purchase on the Museum's ground floor.    

 

ACCESSIBILITY

Stop by the welcome table in Carson Family Hall (ground floor) for an assistive listening device, a Sign Language interpreter, a large-print or Braille schedule of events, or for other questions about access accommodations, programs, and resources in The Met. You can also access The Met's sensory-friendly resources online and take a break in one of the Quiet Spaces.

 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is photographing this event. By your presence in the festival events, you consent to the use of your photograph, likeness, or voice as part of promotional materials for the Museum.

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