BPL Presents is BPL’s curated cultural program, with arts and culture offerings including author talks, live performances, music, film and visual art exhibitions that explore the critical issues of our time in Brooklyn and beyond. 

University Open Air

Free courses from global scholars

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LitFilm

A film fesitval about writers

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Art & Society Census

The community speaks on culture today

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The 28th Amendment

Brooklyn's collective amendment to the Constitution

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Cinema Ephemera

A visual playlist of inspiring art, music and history

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Center for Brooklyn History

Brooklyn's culture past and present from the Center for Brooklyn History

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Upcoming

Plaza Performance: Rimarkable

Wed, Jun 29   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Central Library, Plaza

BPL Outdoors BPL Presents live music music

 Defying effortless categorization, Maria “Ri Ri'' Garcia aka Rimarkable is a child of funk, jazz, gospel, rock and soul, and her selections as a DJ and broadcaster fuse all of these sounds “...

Cinema Ephemera

Wed, Jun 29   9:00 pm to 9:45 pm   Central Library, Plaza

BPL Outdoors BPL Presents Cinema Ephemera plaza performances

A visual playlist of inspiring art, music, and history, projected on the facade of iconic Central Library. Stroll by after sundown this summer and see concert footage, short films that capture...

Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet

Wed, Jul 6   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Central Library, Plaza

BPL Outdoors BPL Presents classical interludes music

Latin Grammy Award-winner Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet represents the evolution of tango, from its roots in the traditional Orquesta típica, then to tango nuevo as epitomized by Astor Piazzolla,...

Cinema Ephemera

Wed, Jul 6   9:00 pm to 9:45 pm   Central Library, Plaza

BPL Outdoors BPL Presents Cinema Ephemera plaza performances

A visual playlist of inspiring art, music, and history, projected on the facade of iconic Central Library. Stroll by after sundown this summer and see concert footage, short films that capture...

Met Opera: Hansel and Gretel

Wed, Jul 13   9:00 pm to 11:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

BPL Presents plaza performances

This deliciously dark take on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tale, appealing to audiences of all ages, was part of the Met’s popular English-language holiday series. Alice Coote and Christine...

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Brasil Summerfest: Luan Barbosa’s Roda de Samba

Wed, Jul 20   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Central Library, Plaza

BPL Outdoors BPL Presents live music music

One time Latin Grammy percussionist and band leader Luan Barbosa brings together an explosive ten-piece Roda de Samba (samba circle) for an outdoor show filled with high energy and dancing....

CBH Talk - The Big Anniversary: Fort Greene’s Soul Summit Music Festival Turns 20

Wed, Jul 20   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Center for Brooklyn History

BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History conversations

In June and July the Center for Brooklyn History opens its doors for limited, live public programs! Before renovations to our ground floor begin, join us in the building for one or more of these...
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Cinema Ephemera

Wed, Jul 20   9:00 pm to 9:45 pm   Central Library, Plaza

BPL Outdoors BPL Presents Cinema Ephemera plaza performances

A visual playlist of inspiring art, music, and history, projected on the facade of iconic Central Library. Stroll by after sundown this summer and see concert footage, short films that capture...

Citywide Dance Party: DJ Max Glazer

Sat, Aug 6   2:00 pm to 3:30 pm   Central Library, Plaza

BPL Outdoors BPL Presents music plaza performances

Max Glazer has represented New York City touring the world DJing parties for superstars like Naomi Campbell, Puff Daddy, Missy Elliott, 50 Cent, Branford Marsalis, and Jay Z, to name just a few....

Met Opera: L'Elisir d'Amore

Wed, Aug 17   8:30 pm to 10:45 pm   Central Library, Plaza

BPL Presents plaza performances

Donizetti’s bubbly romantic comedy about a spunky landowner, a hapless peasant, and the dubious love potion that may or may not bring them together never fails to delight audiences.  In this...

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Met Opera: Falstaff

Wed, Sep 14   7:30 pm to 9:45 pm   Central Library, Plaza

BPL Presents plaza performances

Baritone Ambrogio Maestri stars as the larger-than-life title character of Verdi’s comic masterwork Falstaff, leading an extraordinary ensemble that also features soprano Angela Meade as Alice,...

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Past Events


Brooklyn Public Library gratefully acknowledges the many donors who have provided generous support for BPL Presents programs, including: Cheryl and George Haywood Endowment for Cultural Diversity, Dr. Beverly S. Jacobs, The Kahn Endowment for Humanities Programs, The Miriam Katowitz and Arthur Radin Fund, Los Blancos, Mapleton Endowment, NYU 370 Jay, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Sandra and Peter Schubert Endowment Fund, The Morris & Alma Schapiro Fund, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz, Tauck Ritzau Innovative Philanthropy and the Brooklyn Eagles—a group of young and engaged supporters of Brooklyn Public Library and many other generous supporters.

Programs are also supported by Brooklyn Public Library’s Fund for the Humanities which was established through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Starr Foundation, the Leon and Muriel Gilbert Charitable Trust, Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc. and a gift in memory of Samuel and Pauline Wine.