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Harlem Meer Festival

Harlem Meer Performance Festival:
Despers USA Steel Orchestra

Date: August 18, 2019, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Founded in 1976 by members of world-renowned Desperadoes Steel Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago, Despers USA continues to cultivate and share the art of steel pan music. Their slogan—Deeply Emotional Spirited Players Executing Rhythmical Sounds—illustrates their commitment to excellence. Despers’ players range in age from seven to seventy years old, and from one to one hundred in number. Despers is the first band to win ten New York Steel Band panorama titles, and the only in history to win six consecutive titles.

Sundays, June 16, 2019 - September 1, 2019, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues)


The Harlem Meer Performance Festival brings the best local talent to Central Park! Enjoy a variety of performances featuring multicultural music and dance, family-friendly entertainment, and more while admiring the lakeside views.

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All ages are welcome.

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*Performance lineup subject to change.

Download a full list of the lineup here.

We are now accepting performance submissions for the 2020 Harlem Meer Performance Festival. Please submit HERE.