New American Festival

September 14-15, 2019 | NYC

This fall, New American Economy (NAE) will launch the New American Festival, a celebration of diversity and immigrant contributions to culture, in the arts, food, film, comedy, fashion, and more. Immigrant artists will share special performances, immersive experiences, films, panels, and more. Enjoy food and drinks all day with the price of admission.

Tickets to individual events are available now. For access to every event on either or both days, all-access passes are available.

* Tickets will not be sold at door.

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Talent

For the New American Festival, we have curated an exciting and diverse lineup of immigrant artists, comedians, authors, chefs, and more.

New York Times best-selling author, host, and executive producer Padma Lakshmi (Love, Loss and What We Ate, The Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs, Top Chef) will give the keynote address. The festival will also feature conversations with sex therapist, radio and television show host, and author Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer and award-winning host, comedian, writer, and producer Hasan Minhaj (Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, Homecoming King)

Other headliners include renowned chef, restaurateur, and author Marcus Samuelsson (Red Rooster Harlem, Marcus B&P), Big Friendship co-author and Call Your Girlfriend podcaster Aminatou Sow, author Min Jin Lee (Pachinko, Free Food for Millionaires), and author, broadcaster and cook Yasmin Khan (Zaitoun, The Saffron Tales).

The festival will feature a panel discussion with Comedy Central talent and executives and a stand-up hour featuring comedians, including Ronny Chieng (senior correspondent for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah), Aparna Nancherla (Comedy Central’s Corporate, Netflix’s The Standups, Bojack Horseman), Vladimir Caamaño (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Marvel’s Runaways, Jimmy Kimmel Live), and more.

BoJack Horseman writer, everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too author, and illustrator of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s New York Times best-seller Gmorning, Gnight! Jonny Sun will bring an interactive multimedia piece to NeueHouse with collaborating artist Hannah Davis.

Our musical lineup features artists across genres, including Canadian singer-songwriter Ruth B, and Japanese Breakfast, the indie-rock solo music project of Korean-American musician Michelle Zauner.

Also joining us at the festival will be America’s leading Latino dance organization Ballet Hispánico, author Daniel José Older (Shadowshaper series, Bone Street Rumba series), The Splendid Table podcast host Francis Lam, 2018 James Beard Foundation Book of the Year winner, Michael W. Twitty, Chinese-American bilingual rapper and hip-hop artist Bohan Phoenix and many other guests.

 
 
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Festival Schedule

The festival will take place in New York City on September 14-15 at NeueHouse, a cultural and collaborative space for prominent creatives, artists, and entrepreneurs.

* All individual tickets below include Main Floor entry.

Saturday, September 14

10:30 AM - 7:00 PM — Ongoing Programming [FREE with $25 Saturday Main Floor entry]
Pop-up shop ft. Lingua Franca, Books are Magic, For Freedoms & NAE Merchandise, Photo booth and social media station, beats by Y3lda all day, and New American Economy info station

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM — Keynote Speaker, Padma Lakshmi [FREE with $25 Saturday Main Floor entry]

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM — Jonny Sun Q&A and introduction to The Laughing Room interactive art installation [FREE with $25 Saturday Main Floor entry]

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM — For Freedoms Town Hall & Interactive Wall Vinyl [FREE with $25 Saturday Main Floor entry]

1:00 PM - 1:30PM — Rotem Sivan Music Performance [FREE with $25 Saturday Main Floor entry]

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM — Aminatou Sow Curated Literary Panel ft. Min Jin Lee and Daniel José Older with snacks from Emma’s Torch [$40]

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM — Jonny Sun presents The Laughing Room interactive art installation in Gallery B [FREE with $25 Saturday Main Floor entry]

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM — Performance by Ballet Hispánico [$35]

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM — Dr. Ruth Q&A with Madison Malone Kircher from NY Mag’s Vulture [FREE with $25 Saturday Main Floor entry]

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM — Film Screening of Ask Dr. Ruth and post-screening Q&A with Dr. Ruth with snacks from Emma’s Torch [$30]

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM — ILYANA Music Performance [FREE with $25 Saturday Main Floor entry]

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM — Jonny Sun presents The Laughing Room interactive art installation in Gallery B [FREE with $25 Saturday Main Floor entry]

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM — Nic Hanson Music Performance [FREE with $25 Saturday Main Floor entry]

6:30 PM - 7:00 PM — Japanese Breakfast Music Performance [$35]

7:00 PM - End — Hasan Minhaj in conversation with Vulture’s Jesse David Fox [$45]

 

Sunday, September 15

12:00 PM - 7:00 PM — Ongoing Programming [FREE with $25 Sunday Main Floor entry]
Pop-up shop ft. Lingua Franca, Books are Magic, For Freedoms & NAE Merchandise, Photo booth and social media station, beats by Y3lda all day, and New American Economy info station

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM — Jonny Sun presents The Laughing Room interactive art installation in Gallery B [FREE with $25 Sunday Main Floor entry]

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM — Yasmin Khan's Food and Immigration Panel ft. Francis Lam, Michael W. Twitty, Fany Gerson, and Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez [$35]

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM — Abhilasha Sinha Music Performance [FREE with $25 Sunday Main Floor entry]

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM — Jonny Sun presents The Laughing Room interactive art installation in Gallery B [FREE with $25 Sunday Main Floor entry]

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM — Marcus Samuelsson Food Demo, Tasting, and Q&A [$40]

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM — New Americans Make America Funny: Panel ft. Jaboukie Young-White, Negin Farsad, Jess Salomon, and Daniel Simonsen, followed by Clip Reel [$30]

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM — Mannywellz Music Performance [FREE with $25 Sunday Main Floor entry]

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM — Jonny Sun presents The Laughing Room interactive art installation in Gallery B [FREE with $25 Sunday Main Floor entry]

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM — Stand Up Comedy with Ronny Chieng, Aparna Nancherla, Vladimir Caamaño, Negin Farsad, Wil Sylvince, and Jess Salomon with snacks by Emma’s Torch [$35]

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM — Bohan Phoenix Music Performance [FREE with $25 Sunday Main Floor entry]

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM — Film Screening of Crow: The Legend, a Virtual Reality experience of the film, featuring characters voiced by Oprah, John Legend, and Constance Wu [First Come First Serve — FREE with $25 Sunday Main Floor entry]

6:30 PM - 7:00 PM — Ruth B. Music Performance [FREE with $25 Sunday Main Floor entry]

* Tickets will not be sold at door.

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Festival Partners

We are so pleased to have the support of our incredible partners for the New American Festival. Our partners include Comedy Central, New York Magazine, NeueHouse, Smorgasburg, Vulture, WNYC, ChowNow, Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition, No Immigrants No Spice, Treble, Lingua Franca, Books are Magic, Crossroads Hotel, For Freedoms, Open Avenues, World Education Services (WES), and Emma’s Torch. Thank you so much for helping to amplify our work and create an unforgettable festival.

If you’re interested in partnering with us here in New York or by hosting an NAF event in your city, please contact us for details!

 
 
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About New American Economy

New American Economy (NAE) is a bipartisan research and advocacy organization fighting for smart federal, state, and local immigration policies that help grow our economy and create jobs for all Americans.

We make the economic case for immigration in four ways:

1. We use powerful research to demonstrate how immigration impacts our economy.

2. We organize champions at the grassroots and influencer levels to build support for immigration.

3. We partner with state and local leaders to advocate for policies that recognize the value immigrants add locally.

4. We show immigrant contributions to American culture through film, food, art, sports, comedy, and more.

 
 
 

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