Loisaida, Inc. invites you to join us back in our streets once more this upcoming Sunday, May 29th ,2022. along Avenue C in Manhattan’s Lower Eastside in the heart of Alphabet City. Loisaida will shine again as a beacon of Puerto Rican and Caribbean Culture in NYC. It’s the 35th Anniversary of the iconic Loisaida Festival, finally back on the streets after a 2-year mandatory Covid-19 hiatus, we’re back! Better, bigger and greener than ever, celebrating along Avenue C – Loisaida Avenue in Lower Manhattan. We transition back from having to present our beloved Loisaida Festival in only digital, virtual form to now happily produce the first hybrid street festival for all to enjoy, both digitally and in person! Our 2022 Festival theme, “Taking it back to our streets! – ¡Regresando a nuestras calles!”, highlights the return of the festivities to Avenue C – renamed Loisaida Ave. in 1987 This sought-after, iconic community event/celebration will bring on Music, Food, Education, Arts and Culture, both local and international directly to our community. The event fosters unity and collaboration to bring about a brighter, greener, healthier, and happier future for Latinxs and POC in New York City. In keeping with our annual tradition, this year’s Loisaida Festival will represent a culmination of the year-round programming that has taken place at the Loisaida Inc. Community Center, highlighting new and ongoing partnerships that serve individuals of all ages and backgrounds living in the Lower East Side and beyond. This year we’ll highlight the resiliency and strength of the Lower East Side community in the face of disaster and disease. Since 1987 the Loisaida Festival has been the largest community celebration festival event in Lower Manhattan, and grows annually in size, excitement, and impact. Produced by Loisaida Inc., founded in 1978 and one of the last remaining Puerto Rican community organizations in the neighborhood, the Loisaida Festival epitomizes over four decades of the struggle and success of the Puerto Rican/Nuyorican diaspora that settled in the Lower East Side as had thousands of immigrants and migrants over the 19th and 20th Century. This historic place – the Lower East Side— our ‘Loisaida,’ as poet, Bimbo Rivas, coined it in the 70’s, is still the ‘Gateway’ to America, a community that embraces diversity, welcomes difference, celebrates arts and culture, and preserves, in amber and performance, the voice of all that came through this LES portal to settle in this country.
Loisaida Inc. programs are supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, NYS Assembly Member Harvey Epstein, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Hispanic Federation, Promesa Foundation, Stonewall Foundation, Ford Foundation, MOSAIC Foundation of the New York Community Trust and the Howard Gilman Foundation.