The Queens Museum’s summertime staple, Passport Thursdays: International Dance, Music, and Film Series, returns for another exciting season featuring some of the many international locales that fuel Queens’ cultural and artistic vitality. This year’s adventure includes stops in Ecuador, Ethiopia, India, and Taiwan. So leave your baggage at home and bring a picnic blanket out to Flushing Meadows Corona Park for an evening in the shadow of the majestic Unisphere. There will be free artmaking workshops for families before the films start, our cafe will remain open until 8pm, and we won’t let a little rain spoil the fun, we’ll just move the whole event indoors.
The full itinerary for 2016 Passport Thursdays is as follows:
July 28: Ecuador
A son returns to Ecuador to help turn around his father’s failing restaurant in Cesar’s Grill. Ñukanchik Llakta Wawakuna folkloric dance performs. Co-presented with CinemaTropical.
August 4: Ethiopia
The bond between an Ethiopian boy and his sheep is put to the test as he works to save his best friend and return home in Lamb. Ethiopian jazz band Arki Soundperforms. Co-presented with the New York African Film Festival.
August 11: India
In Dhanak/Rainbow, star power is put to the test in this colorful coming of age story as orphaned siblings travel through India to meet a Bollywood celebrity to restore the brother’s eyesight. Ajna Dance Company performs. Co-presented with IndoAmerican Arts Council.
August 18: Taiwan
How old is too old to learn to ride a bike? In Go Grandriders! a group of senior citizens learn to ride motorcycles for a 13 day tour of Taiwan. Yuhan Su Band presents traditional music from different Taiwanese ethnic groups. Co-presented with the Taiwanese American Arts Council and the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office.
Passport Thursdays is generously made possible by lead sponsor TD Bank, in addition to the Queens Museum’s official airline, Delta Air Lines, and Astoria Bank. We are also grateful for the support provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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