Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium is home to a robust, year-round program of FREE events, including world-class performances, illuminating conversations, dance parties, kids' programs, exclusive film screenings, and more. See the calendar for a list of all upcoming events.

  • June 7

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    Noura Mint Seymali at the David Rubenstein Atrium
    Mauritania's defining artist on the international stage, Noura Mint Seymali draws deep on her West African and Maghreb roots to carry her family’s Moorish griot tradition into the 21st century. Her band conjures "a full-blown sandstorm of hypnotic grooves, melding traditional Mauritanian instruments, like the ardine and tidinite, within an electrified psychedelic rock band" (Quietus, U.K.). Its debut album, Tzenni (2014), was hailed by VICE/Noisey as "arguably the best psych/blues album of the year" and its follow-up—Arbina (2016)—"the best album in the universe."


    • June 13

      Photo by Driely-S.

      VICE Media Watch & Learn at the David Rubenstein Atrium
      Get a fresh perspective on today's most pressing issues at a special screening and talk-back with some of the great minds behind VICE.


      • June 14

        Photo by Olivier Metzger

        France Rocks Festival: Piers Faccini at the David Rubenstein Atrium
        The English-born, France-based singer-songwriter Piers Faccini, who creates "captivating, quietly insistent" music (Wall Street Journal) in the vein of Nick Drake infused with a global outlook, brings his newest project to the Atrium as part of the France Rocks Festival. Inspired by the rich medieval history of his Mediterranean surroundings, I Dreamed an Island is a fascinating collection of songs drawing on Western, Arabic, and Byzantine influences. Imagining how a Provençal madrigal might sound closer to the mode of an Arabic maqam, or how words in English could be put to melodies sung with microtones of a Turkish taqsim, Faccini crosses folk and world music genres, transforming John Martyn into Ali Farka Touré, Pentangle into a Tunisian wedding band, and a Sicilian ciaccona into a Tuareg desert riff.


        Presented in collaboration with The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Bureau Export, and the France Rocks Festival

        • June 18

          Adam Gopnik (photo by Brigitte Lacombe) & Christopher Jackson

          The History of the World in 100 Performances with Adam Gopnik: Hamilton Gets Its Shot at The Public at the David Rubenstein Atrium
          On January 20, 2015, The Public Theater premiered a new musical on Ron Chernow's 832-page biography of U.S. Treasury founder Alexander Hamilton and set off a theater revolution. Casting only people of color as the Founding Fathers and adeptly blending hip-hop and Broadway showstoppers in ways that felt both authentic and exhilarating, Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda became a household name across America. New Yorker writer and host Adam Gopnik and special guests, including actor Christopher Jackson, the show's original George Washington, delve into the genesis of Broadway's hottest ticket.


          • June 21

            Photo by N'Krumah Lawson Daku

            France Rocks Festival: Elida Almeida at the David Rubenstein Atrium
            Winner of Radio France International's Prix Découvertes in 2015, Elida Almeida is a fresh new Cape Verdean voice on the world music scene. Born on the island of Santiago and raised on Maio, she developed her vocal techniques with simple church singing while she helped her mother sell fruits and vegetables at local markets. A determined woman and committed champion of the right to education, Almeida left the rural world to write her love and protest songs. Blending Cape Verdean beats with warm vocals and a fiery joie de vivre, Almeida has become a celebrated presence at world music venues across Europe, Africa, and North America.


            Presented in collaboration with The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Bureau Export, and the France Rocks Festival

            • June 28

              Translucent Borders at the David Rubenstein Atrium
              Translucent Borders, an NYU/Tisch initiative, has spent the last three years bringing renowned artists from around the world together to develop ways that dialogue can fuel creative work while retaining cultural identity and integrity. This evening's concert brings together leading Cuban, Ghanaian, Palestinian, Israeli, Italian, and American artists to premiere a new collaborative work and celebrate the power of music to transcend borders.

              Presented in collaboration with NYU Tisch School of the Arts