For the majority of this coming July, New York City will be celebrating a vibrant and progressive LGBT community with the Fresh Fruit Festival. This series of events and shows will highlight some of the most respected artistic works and cultural happenings of New York’s LGBT family.
All Out Arts is a nonprofit that sponsors the festival as a part of their overarching mission to challenge homophobia and intolerance. Based on the oppression and revolutionary history of LGBT individuals in the United States, this community shares some common inspirations to their creativity and global perspectives. While the Fresh Fruit Festival celebrates that uniting thread, the festival also highlights the individuality and diversity across the spectrum of LGBT artists and cultural figures.
The performances and events this year promise to offer a great variety of creative and professional grade shows. There will be a variety of theatrical performances including: plays, comedy acts and solo shows. One of the most anticipated of these performances is VGL 5’4’’— the one-man show by Lucas Brooks that faces the issue of body image discrimination within the gay community.
In addition to the theatre, the Fresh Fruit Festival will have musical and dance performances. The critically acclaimed Rev. Yolanda’s Old Time Gospel Hour is one of the most highly anticipated of these events. Nominated in 2012 for Best Performance in a Musical Comedy from Broadwayworld.com, Yolanda promises to be quite the laugh-filled show.
With so many things to look forward to, interested attendees will have more then enough opportunity to experience the Fresh Fruit Festival as the events run from July 7th- 20th. The awareness and positivity that emanates from this artistic onslaught is another step towards the powerful LGBT revolution and a continued push for true social equality. People who find themselves in New York City during the month of July who enjoy creative passion and support expanding tolerance and consciousness should definitely stop by the Fresh Fruit Festival.