There is perhaps no greater love letter to the city of New York than its cultural institutions. The enthusiastic welcome that greeted Broadway's glorious post-pandemic reopening last fall was a wonderful testament to this.
So is all that is happening right now at Lincoln Center. The sprawling landmark has been transformed into an exuberant playground this season, an oasis in the middle of the concrete jungle in celebration of art, music, dance, culture, and—come Sunday—love.
Concerts, ballets, and plays weren't the only events we lost out on due to Covid-19. Millions of couples around the world were forced to cancel, postpone, or pare down their weddings. As part of its three-month-long Summer for the City series, Lincoln Center will do its own part to remedy that, turning into one massive wedding venue this Sunday to give more than 500 couples a unique chance at a nuptial do-over.
"Throughout the pandemic it has felt like celebrations of love have been in short supply. But the reality is people have continued to fall in love, to commit to each other and to this city, and to show that faith in the future every day," says Shanta Thake, Lincoln Center's Chief Artistic Officer. "We wanted to fully take advantage of Lincoln Center's incredible outdoor spaces and create a space for this ritual to honor all the love and commitment engendered through the darkest days of the crisis, and give couples an outlet to celebrate."
The ReWedding festivities will begin with a multicultural ceremony led by Reverend Jacqui Lewis, Imam Khalid Latif, and Rabbi Matt Green, followed by performances from Mario Cantone, Jerry Dixon, and the cast of Heather Christian’s Oratorio, a champagne toast, and then of course dancing under the giant disco ball that has been erected in the middle of Josie Robertson Plaza.
"Our hope is that the ReWedding, and really our whole summer season, is full of color and vivacity," Thake says. "A catharsis for all of us coming together once again."
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