There is a suggested donation of $15.00 a person or $25.00 a family help to support the arts and culture of Warwick.

Friday, July 13th, at 7:30 p.m.

Scheuermann Farm & Greenhouses, 73 Little York Road, Pine Island, New York


Imagine the sound of a Brazilian Carnival in the Appalachian Mountains while lying on the luscious grass of the beautiful Scheuermann Farm in Pine Island. MATUTO (“bumpkin” in Brazilian slang) moves with two-stepping grace between bluegrass and forro, between swamp rock and maracatu, between surf guitar shimmies and the wah-wah of the berimbau.


WARWICK DANCES a film by Linda Mensch

As part of the evening, Linda Mensch, Warwick choreographer and Artistic Director of the Moving Company Modern Dance Center, is premiering her short film, Warwick Dances. Inspired by one too many conversations with friends that have said, “I don’t dance” or, “I used to dance,” Linda began inviting friends and acquaintances to strut their stuff, if only for a few moments, on film. The result is funny, touching and will make you want to join in.

Saturday, July 14th, 7:30 p.m.

Stanley Deming Park, South Street and Park Way, Village of Warwick


Zongo Junction, an incredible 12 piece band that will bring audiences to their feet. The group blends West African rhythms with funk, jazz and soul. True to their inspiration, Nigerian superstar, political activist and Afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the outfit excites dance floors wherever they perform The band has toured extensively throughout the East and West coasts. As Afrobeat music has always done, the album speaks truth-to-power with humor and soul. Members of the band have performed or recorded with: TV on the Radio, Easy-Star All-Stars, The Walkmen, and many more.


Isis Movement Company, a Festival favorite, is creating a new performance work as part of Saturday nights events. The company, founded in 2009 and based in Brooklyn, NY, is co-directed by Marcela Alvarez and Melissa Padham. Since their 2009 debut at the Warwick Arts Festival, Isis Movement Co. has performed at various venues including The Winter Garden of the World Financial Center, Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn and Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn.


Sunday, July 15th, at 7:00 p.m.

Scheuermann Farm & Greenhouses, 73 Little York Road, Pine Island, New York


Influenced by Ilusha's native Georgia (the country, not the state), the ancient folk traditions blend with contemporary beats. The music brings mountain songs and village dances into conversation with the global city, featuring blazing fiddle solos, African and Brazilian percussion and soulful singing. “Tsinadze walks the tightrope between Georgian tradition and American influence, in particular the bedrock sounds of jazz and folk — creating something that's both musically intriguing and culturally unprecedented ... a rousing celebration of sounds both strange and familiar, a soulful merging of far-flung cultures that only music can accomplish.” -Beacon Press, May 2011 Mr. Tsinadze is as well known in his native Georgia as he is in the clubs of New York City, a popular performer in both cultures, a perfectly representing the dialogue between urban and folk cultures.

About the Festival

The Warwick Summer Arts Festival is Orange County’s premiere performing Arts Festival presenting music, theater and dance in locations around the Town of Warwick. We look to present original work that is both challenging and inspiring and to bring the arts out to every part of the community: the parks, the storefronts, and the farms, and to produce the performances with the highest production quality possible. Our intent is always to involve the community by offering pre-festival workshops and presentations and to continue to look for ways to bridge the artist/audience roles as we have with the establishment of the annual Art Parade and with the commissioned performances involving community members such as Martha Bower’s Local Heroes and JoAnna Medle Shaw’s Dancing With Horses. In 2003, we are initiating the establishment of a Warwick Children’s Chorus that will perform at the Gemini concert in July.

We have presented over 100 artists at various locations around Warwick. We have presented workshops at the Community Center, Warwick Valley High School, The Bookstore, Wisner Studios and the Moving Company Dance Studio. The Warwick Summer Arts Festival 2001 all took place within the Village and inspired the first Arts and Culture Week declared by Mayor Michael Newhard. Highlights of past festivals include JoAnna Mendl Shaws Dancing With Horses performed by four dancers and six horses and their riders; The Eric Bass Sandglass Theater, Dierdre Murrey’s String Ensemble, the renowned experimental violinist Leroy Jenkins, and the establishment of the first ever Art Parade down Main Street. Festival 2001’s Celebration of the Drumset with Newman Taylor Baker was highlighted in the prestigious Drummers World Magazine.

The summer of 2002 was a significant turning point: every event, from the poetry readings to the films to the concerts were crowded with enthusiastic audiences. The Town adopted the Festival as its own. We displayed the work of over 20 visual artists in the storefronts of the Village of Warwick; ran weekly art making workshops leading up to the Festival (for the Art Parade); presented a New York Foundation for the Arts grant writing workshop; added film to the roster, presenting a screening of Strange Fruit followed by a talk with the filmmaker; and added an evening of Spoken Words at the local Bookstore. Highlights of the summer included the James Emery Trio playing at sunset out on the Black Dirt farm of Bob Scheuermann; the community created performance, Local Heroes, at the Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center, and the final evening concert, Tom Chapin at Stanley Deming Park, with a crown 1,000+.

The New York State Council on the Arts gave unprecedented support to jump-start The Warwick Summer Arts Festival. We are now in need of additional funding in order to continue bringing quality programming to Orange County. The Festival is being funded under the umbrella of Community 2000, a not-for-profit organization.

Sponsors & Supporters

The Warwick Summer Arts Festival is a project of Community 2000

The festival is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Program administered by Arts in Orange. It is funded, in part, by Orange County Tourism and the County of Orange and by the Village of Warwick, The Town of Warwick, Orange and Rockland Utilities, Shop Rite of Warwick, and from the Fitzsimmon's Family.


Contact us

Warwick Summer Arts Festival

c/o Community 2000
P.O. Box 1270
Warwick, NY 10990
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