Second Annual Festival Kicks Off This Weekend

BETHPAGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Long Island launched a month-long campaign this weekend to promote tourism through the arts.

As WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs reported Saturday, music festivals, theatre, and dance recitals highlighted the second annual Arts Alive LI Festival on Long Island.

The event was set to launch this weekend with a music festival in Sag Harbor, an African-American heritage parade, and festivals in Hempstead and Roosevelt.

Events are planned across Long Island throughout the month.

The events include a “classic series” featuring performances by Broadway star Melissa Errico at the Tiles Center for the Performing Arts; Brazilian artist João Luiz at the Heckscher Museum, writer David Sedaris at the Staller Center for the Arts, and an assortment of other engagements.

Events for families and for foodies are also planned.

Long Island Arts executive director Theresa Statz-Smith said it is all part of an effort to recognize Long Island as an arts destination.

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