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Bowie stardust hits High Line fest

Rocker helping to organize Gotham arts event

David Bowie is helping to create and will curate the first edition of the High Line Festival, a 10-day arts festival in New York that will start in May 2007. Bowie will give his first New York concert in four years as part of the event.

Bowie, theater producer David Binder and nightlife impresario Josh Wood are creating the event to take place in the public park being developed along the abandoned elevated train tracks on Gotham’s West Side and in other nearby venues. Fest will include music, nightlife, visual art, performance and film — featuring superstars and emerging talent — all chosen by Bowie.

It will take place in venues alongside the High Line or in the High Line District, not on the High Line itself.

“I’ve been particularly excited about seeking out emerging artists and giving them a place in a festival that will also feature some very well-known names,” Bowie said in a statement. “That will be an ongoing mission of the High Line Festival — to offer performances and exhibitions that are unique and original to New York.”

Bowie also will help choose future curators from the worlds of music, film and the performing arts.

Binder’s credits include the revival of “A Raisin in the Sun” on Broadway, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “De La Guarda” and, in the West End, the Donmar production of “Guys and Dolls” with Ewan McGregor. Projects from Wood include the Bring ‘Em Home Now! concert for Peace, the marriage equality tour Wedrock and Oxfam’s Tsunami Relief concert.

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