The NYTimes’ “ArtBeat” column this week highlighted the inaugural Onassis Festival of New York, which will run from Oct. 8 to Oct. 11 under the title “Narcissus Now: The Myth Reimagined”.
Hosted by the Manhattan-based Onassis Cultural Center, more than 40 free events, including dance, music, film, visual art, lectures and talks, site-specific installation and a walking tour of Midtown, will be included, according to the NY Times.
Participating artists include choreographer Jonah Bokaer, dance historian Jennifer Homans, actor Paul Giamatti and the fashion designers Mary Katrantzou and Narciso Rodriguez.
The center’s management promised a new theme every year, speaking at a press conference on Wednesday. Most events will take place at the center’s newly renovated space in the Olympic Tower, off Fifth Avenue.
According to Amalia Cosmetatou, the executive and cultural director of the Onassis Foundation in America, the annual event will offer opportunities for Greek and American artists to work together on commissioned projects, and “to explore how Hellenic culture inspires the creative arts and informs our lives.”