29th Annual Half Moon New York Sword Ale
Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Various times
Repeating every day through Sunday, February 16, 2014
|Where:||Various Location in Manhattan and Brooklyn Various Locations, New York NY|
|Cost:||Most locations free|
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Sword dancing is a winter celebration practiced in the farming and coal-mining regions of northern England, where the annual visit of the local sword dancers to the village homes was thought to guarantee good luck for the year. The Festival will feature both mystical, stately longsword and vigorous rapper sword dancing, with live music on fiddle, accordion, and other instruments. In both types of sword dance, the dancers are linked in a ring by the “swords” they hold in their hands while they work as a team to weave intricate figures and patterns without breaking the circle. The dances are thought to have roots in ancient rituals, traces of which can still be seen in these present-day displays of skill. Performances will also include Morris dancing, Molly dancing, and related English folk traditions.
This year’s festival will feature the “home team,” Half Moon Sword, and their many guests for a weekend of exciting and crowd pleasing entertainment. Performances will be held in numerous libraries, museums, churches, and other public spaces in Manhattan and Brooklyn. All performances are free, although there is an admission charge to enter the museums.
SCHEDULE FOR THE 29TH NEW YORK SWORD DANCE FESTIVAL
Saturday, February 15th, 2014 -- Brooklyn and Manhattan
12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Heights Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West, Brooklyn
1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.
115th Street Library, 203 West 115th Street @ 7th Avenue, Manhattan
1:30 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.
Dana Discovery Center, 110th Street (between Fifth Avenue & Lenox Avenue)in Central Park, Manhattan
Park Slope Library, 431 6th Avenue @ 9th Street, Brooklyn
Sunday, February 16th, 2014 -- Brooklyn
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, 58 7th Avenue, Brooklyn
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. Johns Place, between 6th & 7th Avenues, Brooklyn
Old First Reformed 126 7th Avenue, between Carroll & President Streets, Brooklyn
Brooklyn Museum (auditorium), 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn