BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
In less than two weeks, The New York Hall of Science will again be home to the Queens International Night Market in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and the museum has officially announced this year’s vendors and performers.
The night market had previously announced that it would sell a limited number of tickets for two sneak preview events on April 21 and 28, with 20 percent of the proceeds going towards charity.
“It’s hard to believe we’re going into our fourth year,” said John Wang, the founder of the Queens Night Market. “What started as a one-year project for me has turned into something so popular that we actually have to limit entry at the beginning of the season. Even so, the Night Market aspires to represent community and culture, and we try to give back as much as possible. Across all of last year, we ended up raising and donating more money to charity than we kept in profits.”
The market is expected to draw more than 600,000 visitors from more than 80 countries this year, and offer a variety of vendors and food.
“In order to create a uniquely diverse and welcoming event, we have focused almost obsessively on affordability and accessibility,” said Wang. “As a testament to that, we continue to draw, perhaps, the most diverse crowds in NYC—it feels like a true cross section of NYC is in attendance on any given night. That’s really what makes the whole endeavor worthwhile.”
On April 21, DJ Lil Buddy, the Night Market’s resident DJ, will play a wide variety of tunes, including pop, Latin, dance and hip hop music, while Loupakis Athletic Center, a group of Greek performers who specialize in acro-gymnastics bridges and powerlines, will entertain with its fuzzy pop and indie rock. Then, Batalá NY, an all-female Afro-Brazilian Samba Reggae percussion, will perform an ensemble and Flying Robin Project, a New York City-based band, will play a pop-infused blend of R&B and jazz.
On April 28, DJ Lil Buddy will once again open and close the event. Brewster Moonface, a vocal band, will sing the blues, while Luther Bangert, a street juggling maestro who holds a Guinness World Record for “Most Things Juggled Whilst Sword Swallowing,” will entertain the crowd, and Thompson Newkirk, a rock and roll artist, will perform a mixture of blues, pop and rock.
The market, which will host art vendors and feature live performances throughout the season, will be open to the public on May 5.
Events scheduled for May 5 include music by DJ Lil Buddy; Queens Cartoonists, a jazz band specializing in music from Warner Bros. cartoons and Disney films; MEGA SURYA, a small gamelan ensemble that will perform Balinese music on bronze metallophones, drums and gongs; and Consumata Sonidera, a Brooklyn based Psycho-Tropical Cumbia/Reggae band.
For more information, visit the night market’s website at queensnightmarket.com.
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