APOLLO ARTISTIC & PROGRAM VISION

The Apollo’s Institutional artistic vision and performance programs center are grounded in the following:

• Celebrates and re-envisions the Apollo’s and Harlem’s legacy in a more forward-looking, contemporary way
• Creates forum for emerging artists and curators
• Supports new directions for mid-career and established artists
• Develops and presents new and cutting edge multi-disciplinary work
• Values culturally diverse artists and audiences
• Promotes an intimate and engaged experience for audiences

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Arts & Ideas

The Apollo is committed to articulating and projecting the African American and African diasporic narrative. Through our Arts & Ideas program initiative, the Apollo presents and produces programs from a diverse array of art, culture and educational themes which cultivates information sharing, provides career development opportunities and addresses issues of concern to our community.

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Music & Comedy

Music is at the core of the Apollo’s history and mission. Apollo Music is a program initiative designed to celebrate and expand the theater’s significance in the popular and live music arena. Programs explore a broad spectrum of genres ranging from soul, jazz, and r&b, to rock, hip-hop and world music.

The Apollo continues to celebrate its comedic rich roots by giving a platform to comedians from around the world. The Apollo Comedy Club features the best and up and coming talent in comedy today.
 
Photo credit: Shahar Azran Photography

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Theater & Dance

Apollo Theater & Dance focuses on presenting unique projects that support imaginative storytelling, examines Black narratives and elevates the aesthetic.

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Film

Apollo Film works to shine a light on films, filmmakers, festivals, and curators whose work examine narratives of the African Diaspora through film screenings, discussions, education workshops and special partnerships.

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Amateur Night

Known as one of New York’s most popular live entertainment experiences, Amateur Night at the Apollo attracts performers and audiences from around the world in a classic talent competition that has launched the careers of countless legendary artists, from Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, and Stevie Wonder to Lauryn Hill, H.E.R , and Machine Gun Kelly.

Be a part of the notoriously “tough” audience in a family friendly, interactive evening unlike any other, and lend your voice to decide who will “be good or be gone” to win the triumphant grand prize.

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Historic Tours and Virtual Tours

Apollo tours provide audiences from all over the world an opportunity to explore the legendary history of the Apollo Theater and gain behind-the-scenes access to this iconic theater. Through virtual and in-person tours, led by Apollo historian Billy “Mr. Apollo” Mitchell, we connect the past, present, and future through storytelling, photographs and videos from the Apollo’s Archives.

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Photo credit: Shahar Azran Photography