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Newark's cultural life does not let itself lose relevance by its neighbouring city. Even without the glamour of New York, the city keeps its traditions alive and has a cultural agenda where, besides traditional parades, there are plenty of museums, concerts and exhibitions.

Newark's cultural life is very well linked to the communities that have settled there during several waves of emigration and who celebrate their identity every year with festivals and parades. This is the case of the Portuguese community who, every year, on the 10th of June, celebrates the Day of Portugal with a huge parade with plenty of folk groups. The same thing happens with Brazilians, whose party takes place in September, with the Chinese community, signalling the Chinese Year, or with the Irish, who celebrate in an enthusiastic manner St. Patrick’s Day. Events such as the Asian Heritage Festival, the Newark Festival of People, the Sarah Vaughn Jazz Festival or the Newark Black Film Festival equally mark the city’s annual agenda. Among the sites with continuous events is the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (www.njpac.org), with two rooms and a total capacity for 3,000 seats, which host dance shows, plays and concerts. The Symphony Hall is the home of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey State Opera, the Newark Boys Chorus, also hosting an opera school and receiving throughout the year, several shows. Places such as the Gallman’s Newark Dance Theatre, the Garden State Ballet, the African Globe Theatre Works and The Newark Community School of the Arts are usual stages for classical and modern dance. Newark also has several art galleries, such as the Paul Robeson Center and the Aljira. But the jewel of the crown, as far as art is concerned, is the Newark Museum (www.newarkmuseum.org), with a vast collection of African, Tibetan and Indian pieces. Among the main attractions of the museum is the biggest collection of paintings from the Hudson River school and the Schaeffer collection, with old glass and crystal objects.