Featuring Music and Dance with Balkan and Mexican Origins
 Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is pleased to joining once more with Lincoln Center’s Boro-Linc initiative to bring family arts programs into New York City neighborhoods. On September 10, 2016, Vlada Tomova’s Balkan Tales and Jarana Beat will perform on the outdoor stage at Snug Harbor’s South Meadow, at 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM, respectively. Host for the performances will be Harlem-born poet and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs. Admission is free. Snug Harbor is located on 83 beautiful acres at 1000 Richmond Terrace.
 “We are happy to join once more with Lincoln Center in this important endeavor, and urge everyone to attend,” said Snug Harbor CEO Lynn Kelly. “Performances such as these do much to help Snug Harbor achieve its commitment to making innovative art and culture more accessible to the families of Staten Island and providing venues to the artists for their performances.”
Brooklyn-based Vlada Tomova has been called a Bulgarian vocal sorceress and one the most exciting voices on the New York global music scene. The music of her group, Balkan Tales, honors tradition while embracing the present and brings modern soul to the Gypsy diaspora. Their repertoire reaches from Tomova’s native Bulgaria to the rest of the Balkans to the Middle East with flavors of India and Sephardic Spain, recalling Bulgaria’s cultural origins shaped by ancient migrations.
Named for the guitar-like stringed instruments from Mexico, Jarana Beat is a world music band that blends the origins of Mexican music and dance with contemporary elements and influences. Musical director Sinuhe Padilla-Isunza has mined the music traditions of his native Mexico and other Latin American cultures to create the ensemble’s distinctive style. The percussive footwork of the dancers interweaves with the rhythms resulting in an authentic yet contemporary sound.
Major support for Lincoln Center Boro-Linc is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with generous support from City Council Members Rafael Salamanca Jr., James Van Bramer and I. Daneek Miller. Lead corporate support if provided by Time Warner Inc.
Lincoln Center’s Boro-Linc: La Casita is curated by Claudia Norman.
About Snug Harbor
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is one of the largest ongoing adaptive reuse projects in America. It consists of 26 historical buildings, numerous distinctive botanical gardens and 10 acres of wetlands on a unique 83-acre campus. Formerly Sailors’ Snug Harbor, a home for retired sailors built in the 1800s, Snug Harbor is now a distinguished arts center where history, architecture, visual and performing arts, environmental science, agriculture and horticulture provide dynamic experiences for all ages. Snug Harbor is also home to the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, the Noble Maritime Collection, Staten Island Children’s Museum and the Staten Island Museum. Snug Harbor is a proud Smithsonian Affiliate.
About Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus.  A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours and educational activities annually, Lincoln Center’s series include American Songbook, Great Performances, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, and the Emmy Award-winning Live from Lincoln Center. As manager of the Lincoln Center complex, Lincoln Center provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations. In addition, Lincoln Center led a series of major capital projects, now complete, on behalf of the resident organizations across the campus.
About Lincoln Center Education
Lincoln Center Education (LCE) is a global leader in arts education and advocacy and the education cornerstone of Lincoln Center, the world’s largest performing arts complex. LCE is committed to enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners by providing opportunities for engagement with the highest-quality arts on the stage, in the classroom, via digital platforms, and within the community. Founded in 1975 as the Lincoln Center Institute, LCE has nearly four decades of unparalleled school and community partnerships, professional development workshops, consulting services, and its very own repertory. LCE has reached more than 20 million students, teachers, school administrators, parents, community members, teaching artists, pre-service teachers, university professors, and artists in New York City, across the nation and around the world.