The 3rd annual New Brunswick Heart Festival takes place on Saturday


originally published: 08/08/2022

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) — New Jersey State Theater, New Brunswick Cultural Center, New Brunswick Center for the Performing Arts (NBPAC)and AboveArtStudios presenting the New Brunswick HEART Festival on Saturday, August 13 from 3 to 6 p.m.; hosted by New Jersey Radio Hall of Famer Bert Baron and TSO Productions founder Sharon Gordon. This free family festival celebrates all of the vibrant arts and history of New Brunswick and Middlesex County, with live music and dance performances, dance lessons for children and adults, craft vendors and more. The festival will take place in downtown New Brunswick on Livingston Ave (Monument Square, 2 Livingston Ave).

“We are thrilled to return and partner with over 40 arts and community partners for New Brunswick’s third annual HEART Festival,” said festival organizers Tracey O’Reggio Clark of the New Brunswick Cultural Center and Middlesex County Institute of the Arts; Kelly Blithe of the State Theater of New Jersey; Dontae Muse of Above Art Studios; and Sarah Ferreira of the New Brunswick Cultural Center and the Middlesex County Institute of the Arts. “This year is bigger and better than ever with the addition of our Arts Market featuring local visual artists, a history section where attendees can learn about Middlesex County during the American Revolution and a block party on Morris Street with more performances and activities.”

New this year, expanding the festival’s footprint, is the addition of a Block Party on Morris Street, held outside Above Art Studios (55 Morris St). The Block Party will include live music, food, vendors, a spades tournament, live painting and a community chalk mural.

The 3rd annual New Brunswick Heart Festival takes place on Saturday

This year’s lineup on the Livingston Avenue outdoor stage includes children’s hip-hop, reggae and pop performer Fyütch; New Brunswick Latin group, Sonido Latino; award-winning tap dancer Omar Edwards; an evening of salsa dancing lessons with Elvis Ruiz; a dance performance by Grupo de Danza Folklórica La Sagrada Familia; the New Brunswick Marching Band; and a dance performance by InSpira Performing Arts & Cultural Center.

Other events and activities at the New Brunswick HEART Festival include a theatrical tour of the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC) and State Theater New Jersey; a health and wellness tent with Garden of Healing; free balloon animals; button making with the New Brunswick Free Public Library; and Japanese black ink drawing with the Highland Park Arts Commission. Additional activities include dance classes for children and teens hosted by American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School; pipe cleaner architecture with the Zimmerli Art Museum, a history corner with two historical interpreters, a printer and a surgeon, talking about what it was like in the 1700s in Middlesex County; love letter readings by the local troupe, Thinkery & Verse; and more!

The 3rd annual New Brunswick Heart Festival takes place on Saturday

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On Friday, August 12, the HEART Festival kicks off with a live art battle at Above Art Studios (55B Morris St) from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. With seven competitors, three timed rounds and a cash prize, the Art Battle will take place at the Studio and will be streamed live on the Above Art Studio Instagram account @AboveArtStudios.


3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. – Latin group, Sonida Latino

New Brunswick Marching Band

La Sagrada Familia folk dance group

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. – Hip-hop, reggae and pop artist for children, Fyütch

Tap dancer Omar Edwards

InSpira Cultural and Performing Arts Center

5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. – Salsa Dance Class Night with Elvis Ruiz

The New Brunswick COEUR Festival is presented by the New Brunswick Cultural Centre; New Jersey State Theater; Above the art studios; New Brunswick Center for the Performing Arts (NBPAC). Partners include the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University; the Hub City Jazz Festival; St George Theatre; Crossroads Theater Company; American Repertory Ballet; Live Well-Vivir Bien New Brunswick; Middlesex County Institute of the Arts; the city of New Brunswick; Middlesex County, New Brunswick Development Corporation; Downtown New Brunswick; New Brunswick Community Arts Council; Elijah’s promise; New Jersey State Veterans’ Chamber of Commerce; Mason Gross Community Arts; New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra; YSS (Youth Services System); Youth Advocacy Program (YAP); coLAB Arts; Civic League of Greater New Brunswick; AMARDV – Artist Mentoring Program Against Racism, Drugs and Violence; New Brunswick Region NAACP; Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce; New Brunswick Jazz Project; Healing Garden; New Brunswick Public Schools; the New Brunswick Free Public Library; Metuchen Arts Council; Thought&Verse; REPLENISH, Esperanza Neighborhood Program, New Brunswick Public School District, CareSparc, Rutgers Department of Government Affairs, Robert Wood Barnabas Health, New Brunswick Tomorrow, Rutgers Collaborative Center for Community Engagement and Middlesex College New Brunswick Center.

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