The Apollo Theater Celebrates Harlem Week 2019




On Monday, July 29, 2019 the Apollo Theater announced special programs and offers to celebrate Harlem and HARLEM WEEK throughout the month of August. HARLEM WEEK is an annual celebration of the best of Harlem which began in 1974 as HARLEM DAY, a one-day event of encouragement and fellowship in Harlem for New Yorkers. Given the huge success of the celebration, additional days were added to showcase the community’s rich economic, political and cultural history. HARLEM WEEK now offers over 110 events throughout the summer to over 2 million attendees, including participants and visitors from around the world.  HARLEM WEEK celebrates the many wonders of the historic neighborhood – including the world famous Apollo Theater.

Amateur Night at the Apollo Sponsored by Coca-Cola will celebrate HARLEM WEEK with a month-long offer, Half-Off for Harlem and a special presentation on August 14th at 7:30 p.m. to honor the unique and diverse essence of Harlem. The annual celebration at the Apollo Theater will feature scholarship and financial support presentations to exceptional NYC youth and education support programs, courtesy of Apollo Theater and HARLEM WEEK sponsor, Citi, and HARLEM WEEK sponsors Donaldson & Chilliest, LLP, and WBLS-FM.

Backstage at The Apollo Theater

Amateur Night at the Apollo salutes HARLEM WEEK/Half-Off for HarlemWednesday, August 7th, 2019 7:30pm
Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 7:30pm
Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 7:30pm
Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 7:30pm  

Harlem residents, employees and business owners get the added HARLEM WEEK bonus of experiencing Amateur Night at the Apollo for half-off throughout the month of August. To take advantage of this special discounted offer, one must present a proof of either Harlem residence, or current student I.D. from a Harlem school, or current work I.D. from a Harlem business when purchasing tickets for these shows at the Apollo Box Office. Restrictions may apply.

The famous Wall-of-Signatures backstage at The Apollo Theater

Apollo Uptown Hall:  Harlem’s Culture – Past.  Present.  Future.

On Thursday, August 15 at 7:00 p.m., the Apollo Theater will present Apollo Uptown Hall: Harlem’s Culture – Past. Present. Future., gathering thought leaders from some of Harlem’s most influential arts organizations to celebrate milestone anniversaries in the Harlem arts community and discuss what role these cultural organizations will play in either preserving traditions or advancing change. Moderated by Spectrum News NY1’s Cheryl Wills, WBLS’ Imhotep Gary Byrd, and New York Amsterdam News’ Herb Boyd, the discussion will feature a panel of thought leaders from the Harlem arts community including, Apollo Theater’s  Executive Producer, Kamilah Forbes; National Black Theatre’s CEO, Sade Lythcott and Director of Theatre Arts, Jonathan McCrory; Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Executive Director, Anna Glass, and Artistic Director, Virginia Johnson; The African-American Day Parade’s Chairman, Yusuf Hasan; and HARLEM WEEK Inc.’s Chairman, Lloyd Williams, and Board Member, Donna Walker-Kuhne, with music by WBLS’ Kool DJ Red Alert. The event will feature performances by Memphis-based singer Keia Johnson, the Marching Cobras Drumline and Danceline, and a special presentation by Keisha Sutton-James, granddaughter of Harlem politician Percy E. Sutton.  The event is free with RSVP.

Tree of Hope Stump on stage at The Apollo Theater


On Sunday, August 18, the Apollo’s booth at HARLEM DAY will offer information on the Theater’s Fall/Winter 2019 season and activities for the family. The Theater will also present various Apollo acts on the main Stage for The Apollo Hour, hosted by Billy “Mr. Apollo” Mitchell. These acts include Michelle Galvis, a 13-year-old singer and Amateur Night at the Apollo alumni; Drew Fraser, an Apollo Comedy Club alumni; and Jessica Betts, Apollo Music Café alumni. HARLEM DAY will take place along 135th Street with live radio broadcasts, vendors and exhibitors selling arts & crafts, jewelry, clothing, food and more. HARLEM WEEK events are free and open to the public.

For the full HARLEM WEEK Schedule, please visit  

*Schedule and Artists Subject to Change

Looking out over the audience from the stage at The Apollo Theater

The Apollo’s 2019-2020 season is made possible by leadership support from Coca-Cola, Citi, Ford Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, and the Jerome L. Greene Arts Access Fund in the New York Community Trust. 

Public support for the Apollo Theater is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. 

The Apollo Theater is located at 253 West 125th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. and Frederick Douglass Blvd. in Harlem.

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