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Lanterns on the Plaza

Lanterns on the Plaza

Over 7,000 people visited Hearst Plaza on Sunday, September 21st as Lincoln Center celebrated the International Day of Peace through a unique rental event, the “Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace”. New Yorkers and tourists alike eagerly lined up to inscribe their wishes for peace and love on paper lanterns and float them in the Paul Milstein Reflecting Pool on Hearst Plaza. Live music and cultural performances accompanied the day’s events as guests came and went. The culminating evening ceremony was highlighted by an address from Her Holiness Shinso Ito (the head priest of Shinnyo-en) and performances by New York City Ballet dancers Wendy Whelan and Craig Hall, trumpeter Alphonso Horne , students from The Juilliard School, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and the Shinnyo Taiko drummers. Click here to watch a video of the evening ceremony.

Per Shinnyo-en, this event is “meant to inspire a spirit of harmony and compassion that transcends all boundaries of age, gender, nationality, ethnicity, and religious tradition - and empower people to create a stronger force for peace in our families, our communities, and our environment.”

To hold your special event on Hearst Plaza at Lincoln Center, please email us at [email protected] or call us at 212.875.5037.

Photo by Martin Hosch

Sila Breathes on Hearst Plaza

Sila Breathes on Hearst Plaza

On any given day, Hearst Plaza is all function. New Yorkers might stop by to eat their lunch, read a book, or meet a friend before a performance. But last weekend, Hearst Plaza, and specifically the Milstein Pool, was re-inaugurated as a performance space in its own right. As a commission for both Lincoln Center Out of Doors and the Mostly Mozart Festival, John Luther Adams created the mystical “Sila: The Breath of the World” specifically to be performed in Hearst Plaza. The percussionists were stationed all around the Pool, the woodwind and brass players on the Illumination Lawn, and some of the choir even waded into the Pool. All those in attendance were in awe of this uniquely site-specific work.

We love seeing Hearst Plaza celebrated in this way, opening our minds to new ways of utilizing the space. To hold your special event on Hearst Plaza at Lincoln Center, please email us at [email protected] or call us at 212.875.5037.

> Photo by Kevin Yatarola, Courtesy of

The Mindy Project at Lincoln Center

The Mindy Project at Lincoln Center

As the home of so many world renowned performing arts organizations, Lincoln Center is a common backdrop for romantic dates. So for the season finale of The Mindy Project in which characters Danny and Mindy (portrayed by Chris Messina and Mindy Kaling) go on a series of iconic New York City dates, of course the Revson Fountain got to play a brief starring role!

Our Venue Sales team has coordinated dozens of TV & film shoots all over the Lincoln Center campus in the past couple years, from the instantly recognizable fountain to the parking garage.

Did you catch Lincoln Center on The Mindy Project? How about The Carrie Diaries, Nurse Jackie, or the opening sequence of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon?

To coordinate your TV or film shoot at Lincoln Center, please email us at [email protected] or call us at 212.875.5037.

Photo: “Danny and Mindy”, The Mindy Project, Fox Broadcasting Company, May 2014.

Graduations at Lincoln Center

Graduations at Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center is the site of memories in the making for many New Yorkers, but a lucky few get to graduate in our halls! Here are just some of the institutions hosting commencement ceremonies at Lincoln Center this Spring:

City University of New York Mount Sinai School of Medicine
DeVry College of New York New York College of Podiatric Medicine
Fordham University New York University
The Juilliard School Saint George’s University
LIM College Touro College
Marymount Manhattan College Yeshiva University

Congratulations, Graduates!

Photo: NYU Graduations in Avery Fisher Hall, photos courtesy of

Upfront at Lincoln Center

Upfront at Lincoln Center

We are buzz, buzz, buzzing this time of year with graduations, corporate conferences, and upfronts! If you’re wondering, what on earth is an upfront? You’re not alone.

An upfront is a large meeting hosted by the major television networks for potential advertisers and the press. Traditionally held the last full week before May sweeps, the splashy events lead with announcements of the fall primetime lineup, and are peppered with trailers for new shows, Q&As with network stars, and even performances by comedians or musical guests.

This year, Lincoln Center was the destination for the ABC, CBS, and Scripps Upfronts. Jimmy Kimmel was the crowd favorite performer of the ABC Upfront, while Vanilla Ice drew the most laughs at the Scripps Upfront while sharing stories of his time filming his upcoming show, Vanilla Ice Goes Amish.

Now that digital networks are also huge purveyors of ad space, they are holding their own kind of Upfront: Yahoo! held its 2014 “Newfront” at Lincoln Center. “Best Day of My Life” band American Authors performed as part of the evening.


March for Babies

March for Babies

As Lincoln Center is one of New York’s most recognizable landmarks, it is not surprisingly a desirable location for public events! One recent morning in April, Lincoln Center served as the starting point for the annual March of Dimes March for Babies. Over 6,000 attendees gathered on 65th Street between Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall in the spirit of raising funds to help prevent premature births and infant mortality.

The March for Babies has been held annually since 1970 and has raised a combined total of more than $2.3 billion to help all babies get a healthy start in life.

To host your event on Lincoln Center’s outdoor campus, call our Venue Sales team at 212.539.5037 or submit an inquiry using this form.

Photo: Celebrity Chairman Eli Manning and Dora the Explorer help kick off the New York March of Dimes March for Babies, April 2014.

Citi Sochi Experience

Citi Sochi Experience

The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games came to Lincoln Center in February in the form of a series of unique experiences for Citi clients, employees, and customers. Seven hospitality events took place over five days in Avery Fisher Hall, which was transformed into a transcendent winter scene complete with a 20’ x 32’ ice rink, an interactive bobsled display, 3-D chalk art, and a 130’ long LED wall on the Grand Promenade displaying 22 hours of Team USA content, among other inventive décor elements! The events were designed to bring to life Citi’s role as a partner of Team USA and Citi’s Every Step of the Way campaign, and immerse guests into the excitement and energy of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Special guests included Evan Lysacek, Sasha Cohen, Shannon Bahrke, Sarah Hughes, and many more.

Citi’s Sochi Experience in Support of Team USA proved that with time and resources, anything is possible at Lincoln Center! Working closely with LeadDog Marketing Group, we loved watching this event come to life. Contact the Venue Sales team about the possibilities for your brand’s multi-day expo, product launch, or conference.

Photo: The exterior of Avery Fisher Hall during Citi's Sochi Experience in Support of Team USA, February 2014. Photo by Katie Winter.

Poetry & the Creative Mind

Poetry & the Creative Mind

Our concert halls aren’t just for classical music lovers: each year, the Academy of American Poets convenes an audience of contemporary poetry lovers within the hallowed walls of Alice Tully Hall.

On April 24th, the Academy presented its 12th annual Poetry & the Creative Mind Gala before a sold-out audience.

Guest readers Meryl Streep, Tina Fey, Kevin Kline, Rosie Perez, Billy Crudup, Parker Posey, Esperanza Spalding, Patrick Stewart, Juliana Margulies, Carrie Mae Weems, Drew Nieporent, and National Student Poet Michaela Coplen joined master of ceremonies Chip Kidd to celebrate the spoken word and to commemorate the organization’s 80th anniversary.

Snippets from the performances were featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition. Click here to listen to some of the readings.

To book your gala or special event at Lincoln Center, please fill out this form or call 212.875.5037.

Photo: Jake Gyllenhaal and Glen Hansard rehearse for the 2013 Poetry & the Creative Mind gala at Alice Tully Hall. Photo by Star Black, courtesy of

Red Carpet Revelry

Red Carpet Revelry

The Venue Sales team loves the movies, so we get extra excited when a major studio chooses Lincoln Center for their film or TV premiere! Just to name a few (because there have been many), The Great Gatsby, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom all held their premieres in either Avery Fisher Hall or Alice Tully Hall with celeb-studded red carpets on Josie Robertson Plaza or the surrounding streets.

The bar was raised for creative party guests when a dragon descended on the Plaza. On March 18th, “Drogon” was the pièce de résistance of the premiere of the fourth season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” in Avery Fisher Hall. In attendance were the cast, creators, crew, and fans of the show, including Peter Dinklage, Sophie Turner, Emilia Clarke, Jack Gleeson, Lena Headey, John Bradley, Amanda Peet, Sally Field, and others.

Only at Lincoln Center

HBO utilized the Plaza steps for guest arrivals, with red carpet on every step. The famous Revson Fountain was flanked on one side by “Drogon” and a tent for interviews on the other. (Watch the CNN coverage of the red carpet arrivals here.)

By special arrangement, the New York Philharmonic participated in the evening by playing live scores from the series before the premier episode was screened— “a pretty classy way to start the evening,” noted The Wall Street Journal.

To inquire about booking Lincoln Center for your premiere or red carpet event, shoot us an email at [email protected] or give us a call at 212.875.5037.

Photo: Dennis Van Tine/Future-Image/ZUMAPRESS

Silent Disco in Damrosch Park

DJ Jonathan Toubin joined Midsummer Night Swing on July 7, 2012 for Silent Disco Powered by Silent Frisco. At 10:00, when the sound system was turned off, the dance party kept going as Toubin broadcasted directly to dancers’ headphones until 11:30.