All About The New Yorker Festival 2021

The New Yorker Festival 2021

The New Yorker Festival 2021

One of the biggest festivals takes place every year in the Big Apple, courtesy of the New Yorker, one of the most acclaimed media conglomerates in the city. Even this year, the New Yorker Festival will happen in the city as scheduled. It will be the 21st iteration of the mega event, being one of the most popular festivals during the fall here. It promises to offer some of the largest names in the fields of literature, politics, art, film, pop culture and music throughout performances, discussions and panels covering seven days in total. The 2021 edition will combine virtual and live events with the major chunk of the latter being filmed and provided online for holders of tickets.

New Yorker Festival 2021- Major Details

The New Yorker Festival will return with its line-up of virtual and live events alike, after the resounding success of the first virtual initiative in the earlier fall. The New Yorker Festival 2021 will have experiences which are streamed live for viewers along with in-person events too. There will be an eclectic line-up of events which will have the signature mixture of panels, conversations, behind-the-scenes access and more. Some of the most popular names in pop culture, movies, music and art and literature will be highlighted. For the very first time, a majority of live events will be filmed extensively before being viewable by ticket holders on demand. This will be a major boon since they can access the same, irrespective of where they reside.

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The New Yorker Festival is basically an annual festival that celebrates ideas and creativity. It features artists, editors and writers from the renowned magazine along with several other glittering guests. The entire itinerary encompasses interesting talks, screenings, interviews and performances dealing with aspects like food, business, humor, literature, politics and a lot more. Many writers also remain available for book signings over the weekend while tickets for the Traveling Dinner Parties will ensure a treat for diners. They can enjoy a sumptuous three-course meal curated by critics with wine in various locations in and around New York City.

Here’s summing up the key details of the New Yorker Festival 2021 in a nutshell:

The New Yorker Festival 2021 - Oct. 4 to Oct. 11, 2021

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  • The dates of the New Yorker Festival are 4th to 10th October, 2021.

  • The festival is a cultural highlight on the NYC calendar over the last couple of decades. The 21st edition has been confirmed in the virtual form for October. 

  • Risks of COVID-19 infections are still high form social gatherings and events. Hence, the virtual format has been chosen. 

  • In normal times, the festival drew more than 20,000 people at diverse venues accommodating thousands of people at a time.

  • The Conde Nast owned brand has promised an eclectic mix of conversations, performances, and experiences with several influential, game-changing and iconic participants. 

  • The details of pricing and programming will be officially announced on the 8th of September, 2021. 

  • Ticketed events will be streaming live virtually and will be available afterwards for on-demand replay. 

  • The new format of presentation will help people staying outside New York City with regard to experiencing the festival for the very first time. 

  • For NYC residents however, the magazine is planning an innovative line-up of activities which will take place both inside and outside their residences. 

  • This will include special screenings, opportunities for city exploration and discovering NYC culture along with exclusive culinary experiences as well. 

  • In previous years, in-person editions have witnessed stand-up comedy, musical performances, cooking demonstrations, political conversations, architectural guided tours and a lot more. 

  • The Editor at the New Yorker, David Remnick, has stated that for 20 years, The New Yorker Festival has been about connecting people-bringing readers and fans face to face with the world’s most interesting writers, artists, actors, filmmakers, musicians, and more

  • He also added that this year, of course, must be different, adding that he was pleased that the essence of the event in its 21st year, will be carried ahead in the virtual format. He also highlighted the importance of deeply engaging conversations and immersive experiences. 

  • Subscribers of the New Yorker will get an attractive offer for tickets with all buyers being able to buy the all-access pass. 

  • Interested visitors can enter their email IDs at for the latest updates as and when they arrive. 

New Yorker Festival 2020 - A Look Back

Taking a look back at the New Yorker Festival last year is important since the virtual format was followed for the first time. This edition of the 2020 festival featured talks, interviews, at-home culinary experiences and drive-in movie premieres.

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The sessions that took place last year included the following:

  • Noah Hawley (Creator of Fargo) and actor/comedian Chris Rock had a talk with Doreen St. Felix from The New Yorker
  • Andrew Marantz from The New Yorker had a talk with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Elizabeth Warren.
  • Steve Martin (actor-comedian) and Jerry Seinfeld (comedian) had an invigorating discussion with Susan Morrison from The New Yorker
  • Pianist Emanuel Ax and cellist Yo-Yo Ma had a talk with Alex Ross from The New Yorker.
  • Fiona Apple (musician) talked with Emily Nussbaum from The New Yorker.
  • Natasha Lyonne (actor, writer, director, producer) had a talk with Michael Schulman from the magazine and Maya Rudolph (actor, comedian, musician and producer). 
  • Previous Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr, and Sherrilyn Ifill, President & Director-Counsel at N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense and Educational Fund discussed attractive aspects with Jelani Cobb from The New Yorker.
  • Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the Director at the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, talked to Michael Specter from The New Yorker
  • Bryan Stevenson, the noted lawyer for civil rights and founder of Equal Justice Initiative, talked to Elizabeth Alexander, the writer and president at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in a free community event.
  • Margaret Atwood, the noted writer, talked to Jia Tolentino from the magazine.

  • The American Life creator and host Ira Glass talked to Malcolm Gladwell from The New Yorker.
  • Writers at The New Yorker, Elizabeth Kolbert, Jonathan Franzen and Bill McKibben discussed climate change and how to tackle it with Carolyn Kormann from the magazine. This was also a free event for the community.

Tickets were available for drive-in movie screenings at Queens, New York. They included the U.S. premier of One Night in Miami, the directorial debut by Regina King. Thereafter, the director and writer of the movie/stage play, Kemp Powers, had a conversation with the magazine’s David Remnick.

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Participants could order curated dinners, especially created by Chefs Pierre Thiam from Teranga and FIELDTRIP’s JJ Johnson. SHOWTIME and Amazon Studios were sponsors of the festival, with the former hosting a free virtual event on 10th October. This featured Ethan Hawke and James McBride, talking about The Good Lord Bird

The festival started in 1999 and has since become one of the must-visits on the NYC calendar. Planning to experience this cultural extravaganza? Book your New York short term rentals right away and plan your travel itinerary smartly. Here’s to oodles of fun and culturally stimulating experiences ahead!


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