Big Umbrella Outdoors features music and dance performances and interactive experiences designed to appeal to and enrich the lives of children, teens and young adults on the autism spectrum and with other disabilities, and the grown-ups who love and care for them.
It’s a weekend of FREE events at Lincoln Center, Sept. 17-19, part of Restart Stages, the new outdoor performing arts center constructed to help launch NYC’s cultural and economic revival.
Some of the events including ground-breaking wearable technology, such as a device which translates sound onto the skin through vibration, allowing users to feel the music. And some are just plain fun, such as a swing that produces music.
Big Umbrella Outdoors is a streamlined version of the weeklong Big Umbrella Festival in 2018 which featured many indoor theater events, which are not practical this year. It also gathered arts professionals and thought leaders from across the globe in-person and virtually to share best practices on serving these unique audiences, which surely influenced some of the experiences this year.