The first ever New American Festival celebrating immigrants will be held in New York City on September 14 and 15.
In the immigrant capital of the world, New York, a host of immigrant change-makers and influencers will get together to share with the world how immigrants have enriched the fabric of America.
The first-ever New American Festival will see headliners such as stand-up comedian Hasan Minhaj, TV host and cookbook author Padma Lakshmi, actress and comedian Aparna Nancherla, Canadian author Jonny Sun and Korean American writer Min Jin Lee speak on a host of topics and discuss how immigrants continue to create an impact in the American culture.
The artists, all with immigrant backgrounds, will come together for the inaugural edition of the festival, which will be held on September 14 and 15 at NeueHouse (110 E 25th Street) in Manhattan.
The event, hosted by the New American Economy, will be a celebration of groundbreaking immigrant contributions to American comedy, food, art, fashion, films and much more.
WHAT: New American Festival
WHERE: NeueHouse, 110 E 25th Street, Manhattan
WHEN: September 14 and 15
The New American Economy, founded by New York media moguls Michael Bloomberg and Rupert Murdoch, is an advocacy group that that campaigns for comprehensive immigration reform.
The aim of the festival is to showcase and understand that a lot of American culture is actually shaped by immigrants. Diversity in America has led to a unique opening up of all forms of creativity and not just dialogue. After its inaugural edition, the festival has national plans and it will be moving to other US cities such as Boston, Nashville, Oakland, Houston, Anchorage and Kansas City.
The headliners at the festival have been carefully chosen from among emerging and established artists, who with their presence, are creating a new landscape in their chosen field. Author broadcaster and cook Yasmin Khan, known for Zaitoun and Saffron Tales, will be hosting a Food and immigration panel on Sunday with The Splendid Table host Francis Lam and La Newyorkina founder Fanny Gerson.
Indian American comedian Nancherla will be a part of a stand-up comedy show, along with others artists such as Vlaadimir Caamano, Ronny Cheing and Negin Farsad.
The keynote address will be delivered by Padma Lakshmi. On Saturday, there will be a conversation with Hasan Minhaj on the immigrant experience.
“Immigrants shape American culture, and our vision is to create a festival that cultivates a sense of pride in immigrants’ contributions to American culture and the arts,” said New American Economy’s Katherine Steinberg, who is curating the festival.
According to NAE’s recent analysis of the 2017 American Community Survey, more than 400,000 immigrants are working in creative or artistic occupations, helping support the nearly $1 trillion creative industry sector in the United States.
There are more than 25,000 immigrant actors, producers, and directors; nearly 23,000 immigrant musicians; more than 17,400 immigrant photographers; and more than 16,000 immigrant writers and authors nationwide.
The tickets for the event are on sale now.