The Kennedy Center’s year-long celebration of the centenary of its namesake honors five enduring ideals embodied by President Kennedy—Courage, Freedom, Justice, Service, and Gratitude—through performances and special events from May 29, 2016–May 29, 2017. On the 99th anniversary of Kennedy’s birth, the celebration kicks off with Celebrating the Past to Awaken the Future, a free event on May 29 at 6 p.m. on the Front Plaza featuring noted speakers, live performances, and the unveiling of a special Centennial Water Garden installation that will illuminate the Center’s central fountain with 99 “free-blown” glass vessels colored by LED lights. To conclude the year-long celebration, an additional glass vessel will be installed on May 29, 2017, to mark what would have been President Kennedy’s 100th birthday.
Did you know you can watch the Expansion Project’s day-to-day progress on the Expansion Cam? The test piles (steel support beams that are pounded down into the bedrock) were successfully installed, and now real pile driving has begun. Once completed, the expansion will provide spaces for intimate performances, informal gatherings, education and community-based programming, and interactions between artists and audiences.
Kennedy Center News is now available to read online! The May-August issue features the international festival Ireland 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture, Royal Swedish Ballet, Washington National Opera's Ring cycle, the District of Comedy festival, Kinky Boots, The Bridges of Madison County, NSO Pops with Boyz II Men, and much more.
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