Since 1919, The New School has been home to scholars, creators, and activists who challenge convention and boldly make their mark on the world.
To celebrate this groundbreaking legacy, we are opening our doors to the public for a weeklong festival of innovative performances, talks, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, and more.

On October 1–6, 2019, join us as we reflect on a century of world-changing ideas and together imagine a new kind of future.

The Festival of New is free and open to all.
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Thursday, October 3 • 4:00pm - 7:00pm
The New School in the Square: Concert in Union Square Park

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This breakout Union Square concert features some of The New School’s most heralded and relevant performers to date, including pop artists Lion Babe (with Jillian Hervey ’11), singer Morgan Saint ’16, pianist James Francies ’17, and DJs Marco Weibel ’17 and Dion Anike McKenzie (TYPGAPAW) ’06 of The Lot Radio, created by Francios Vaxelaire ’13. Warm-up dance lead by Viva Soudan '08 of Haus of Sweat. 

4:00 p.m. Marco Weibel, Viva Soudan
5:00 p.m. TYGAPAW, James Francies Trio
6:00 p.m. Morgan Saint, Lion Babe

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James Francies Trio

BFA Jazz/Contemporary Music '17
The New York Times called pianist, keyboardist, and composer James Francies “a pianist with liquid dynamism in his touch.” The Houston native released his debut CD, Flight ,for the legendary Blue Note Records and was just recently named one of "8 Artists You Should Know” by... Read More →
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Lion Babe

Grammy-Nominated Artist, (with Jillian Hervey, BA The Arts '11)
Lion Babe is a New York bred funk and soul duo comprised of multidisciplinary artist Jillian Hervey and producer/DJ Lucas Goodman, (also known as Astro Raw.) The pair are known for their unique sound and look and associate themselves with the term ‘futuristic nostalgia’ to describe... Read More →
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Marco Weibel

Brought up on a diet of soul, early chicago/detroit house, jazz and rare grooves, DJ / selector Marco, dabbles in all things deep, spiritual, raw and honest. Originally from Singapore, Marco is one of the brightest selectors to have emerged out of the burgeoning South-East Asian scene... Read More →
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Morgan Saint

BFA Illustration '16
Morgan Saint debuted in 2017 with a low-key, left-of-center pop sound in the realm of Lorde, Broods, and Banks. A native of Long Island, New York, Saint studied piano for eight years, taught herself how to play guitar, and privately wrote songs and poetry during high school and college... Read More →
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Producer and DJ
TYGAPAW (Dion McKenzie) is a Multi-Disciplined producer and DJ based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Her Jamaican ancestry and upbringing fused with her 13 years living in New York City have influenced a music style she dubs “Sultry Club.” She incorporates sexy 90’s R&B sounds with... Read More →
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Vanessa Soudan (VIVA)

Artist & Movement Guide, Founder of Haus of Sweat, BA Liberal Arts ‘08
VIVA is the pseudonym for Queens-based choreographer, performer, and movement director Vanessa Soudan. She is a graduate of Eugene Lang at The New School where she studied performance theory and dance. In service of facilitating bodily autonomy to the masses she has studied movement... Read More →

Thursday October 3, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Union Square Park- North Pavillion