The Apollo Theater & Ta-Nehisi Coates Announce [at] The Intersection ~ an Inaugural Festival of Arts & Ideas




Image courtesy The Apollo Theatre

The Apollo and Ta-Nehisi Coates, Apollo’s Master Artist in Residence announced today that they will be launching [at] The Intersection, The Apollo’s Festival of Arts & Ideas. The three-day event will be held from Friday, October 6- Sunday, October 8, 2023 at The Apollo’s Historic Theater. Early access festival passes are available for purchase Here.

Ta-Nehisi Coates. Image courtesy The Apollo Theater.

Curated by critically-acclaimed thinker and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, [at] The Intersection will bring together Black artists, creators and cultural movers including Ted Bunch, Jordan E. Cooper, Stefon Harris, Michael R. Jackson, Diallo Riddle, Dominique Morisseau, Stephen Satterfield, Salamishah Tillet, Liesl Tommy, and BIsa Butler, who has shown her incredible textile portraits in exhibitions at Claire Oliver Gallery, just a few blocks north of The Apollo. These artists are shifting the landscape in art, music, theater, film, television, food, and more to explore the incredible range of Black creativity shaping our world.

“The Apollo sits at the intersection of  many things, so it was only natural that [at] The Intersection would be a reflection of that.” said The Apollo’s Executive Producer, Kamilah Forbes. “The festival will invite artists, thinkers, and creatives from across our diaspora to exchange ideas and examine this unprecedented time in history where Black people are leading in culture and art across the globe in ways that we have never seen before.”

The famed Apollo Theater

Additional participants will be announced in the coming weeks.

The festival will be a multi-component experience comprised of:

  • Keynotes & Panels: Live discussions with notable musicians, filmmakers, actors, playwrights, visual artists, and culinarians.
  • Music Performances: Curated performances from emerging and legendary music artists.
  • Between the Talks: Unique opportunities for festival attendees to connect and engage with each other.

“Black artists and writers have a long tradition of coming together in community to discuss, debate and share their visions of the future. It’s an honor to partner with The Apollo in continuation of that tradition and shine a light and write ourselves back into history through the process of curating the first iteration of  [at] The Intersection.” said The Apollo’s Master Artist in Residence, Ta-Nehisi Coates. 

Tree of Hope Stump on stage at The Apollo

[at] The Intersection tickets and festival passes are available for purchase Here. Early access festival passes are $150. VIP Festival Passes begin at $200, offering premium entrance, preferred seating, discounts on food and beverages, and admission to all daytime panel discussions, lectures, performances, and workshops on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Single day tickets and discounts to Harlem residents, students, business owners and employees are also available.

For more information and updates, please visit the event. Join the A-List HERE. Follow The Apollo on social media and hashtag #AtTheIntersection.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a writer, currently holding  the Sterling Brown Chair in the Department of English at Howard University. He is the author of the bestselling books The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, The Water Dancer, and Between the World and Me. He is a recipient of a National Magazine Award, a National Book Award and a MacArthur Fellowship.

About The Apollo’s Master-Artist-in-Residence Program
Apollo’s Master-Artist-in-Residence program is a three-year initiative that deepens the Apollo’s relationship with a prominent, influential artist whose work aligns with the Apollo’s mission as a beacon of Black culture and catalyst for artistic production for the Harlem community and around the world.

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