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The Vision Festival is the only jazz festival in New York that features musicians, dancers and artists whose exploratory creativity extends far beyond the realm of possibility. For 23 years, the Vision Festival has been the mecca where enthusiasts gather to salute avant-garde’s future, present and past. It acknowledges and celebrates the inextricable bond between radical art and socio-political engagement.

From May 23 to May 28, the 2018 Vision Festival will be held at Roulette Intermedium (known simply as Roulette) at 509 Atlantic Ave. in Downtown Brooklyn.

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This year’s lineup is rooted in powerful and forward-thinking artists of the 1960s, a time when freedom and open-mindedness were universally celebrated. It includes the very best artists who have come along since that time, while showcasing aspiring performers on the verge.

On May 23, the festival opened celebrating the pianist and composer Dave Burrell, who was presented with the Lifetime of Achievement Award. “I feel honored, respected and grateful,” said Burrell. “These feelings are present when I reflect on the overwhelming career that I am having.”