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1,500 People Have Attended this South Williamsburg Street Festival, which is Back for Round Three

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El Puente’s annual South Williamsburg community street festival will return for its third time this weekend.

Southside Connex is a two-day festival taking place over two Saturdays in September with the kick off event on September 19.

The festival is co-organized by the El Puente Green Light District, a project of the eponymous parent organization to transform South Williamsburg through arts, civic engagement, and health and wellness; along with Southside Merchants, a coalition of businesses in the neighborhood; with support from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

The festival has attracted a total of 1,500 attendees since it’s inception.

The festival is also held as part of the city’s Department of Transportation’s Weekend Walks Program. The program looks to temporarily shut down certain city streets to create them into public gathering spaces for community activities.

For Southside Connex, Havemeyer Street between Grand Street and South 4th Street will be closed off for the duration of the event.

September 19, the first of the two days of the event, is the day for El Puente’s iWepa! Festival. It’s an annual celebration of the neighborhood’s performing arts community. The show features performances from El Puente’s CADRE Network — Community Artists’ Development & Resource Exchange, a coalition of mostly Latino community artists, artisans, and cultural workers; as well as performances by traveling artists and youth performers from El Puente.

The following Saturday, September 26, marks the day for a Health and Wellness Day event. It will be a day of workshops and interactive activities. These include a Domino tournament, yoga and Zumba classes, free health screenings, salsa classes, a button making workshop, a skin care and spa demonstration, and environmental justice resources.

Southside Connex 2015, September 19 & 26, 1-6 p.m., Havemeyer Street between Grand and South 4th Streets, for a full line up of events and more information visit http://elpuente.us/content/southside-connex-community-street-festival.

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