The headline sort of says it all. It’s a somewhat mysterious change, since a street-event permit for the Tribeca Family Festival was on the agenda for last night’s Community Board 1 Tribeca Committee. Residents along Greenwich are likely to be thrilled at the news, while local businesses—many of which benefited from the event—will be disappointed.
There will be other events in place of the Tribeca Family Festival. Here’s most of the the announcement:
When the Festival was founded after 9/11, we sought to support local businesses and bring the community back downtown to celebrate creativity and the arts. We have worked very hard to keep our home base in Tribeca, and to continue to bring audiences to the neighborhood for the 12 days of the Festival at our Tribeca Festival Hub at Spring Studios, and the Regal Cinemas in Battery Park, which serves as one of our primary theaters, as well as TPAC BMCC. The neighborhood is thriving and we are proud to be a part of it.
As the neighborhood has grown and changed, so has the Tribeca Film Festival. As part of our evolution, we are shifting our family programming to increase opportunities for the community to participate in activities rooted in film. This year, in lieu of hosting a Street Fair, Tribeca will offer more free films for families, including a new Tribeca/ESPN Family Film event with free screenings and sports activities at TPAC BMCC on the first weekend of the Festival, and on the second weekend we will host a free screening of Aladdin and celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the film. We’ll also continue with free festival screenings through AT&T Free Film Friday on Friday, April 28.