New American festival

Indian American comedian Hasan Minhaj poses in the press room during the 2019 NBA Awards presented by Kia on TNT at Barker Hangar June 24 in Santa Monica, Calif. Indian American author Padma Lakshmi attends Endometriosis Foundation of America’s 10th Annual Blossom Ball May 8 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. (Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Turner Sports; Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Endometriosis Foundation of America)

New York Times best-selling Indian American author and ‘Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi will deliver the keynote address at the first-ever New American Festival to be held Sept. 14-15 at NeueHouse in New York City.

Joining Lakshmi as a speaker at the festival, which is a celebration of diversity and immigrants’ contributions to culture, the arts, food, film, comedy, fashion, and more, will be Indian American actor/comedian Hasan Minhaj.

The festival, being launched by New American Economy, will feature talks and panels featuring a diverse lineup of immigrant artists, comedians, authors, chefs, and more. It will also feature conversations with sex therapist, radio and television show host, and author Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer.

Other headliners include renowned chef, restaurateur, and author Marcus Samuelsson, “Big Friendship” co-author and “Call Your Girlfriend” podcaster Aminatou Sow, author Min Jin Lee, and author, broadcaster and cook Yasmin Khan.

The festival will feature a panel discussion with Comedy Central talent and executives and a stand-up hour featuring comedians, including Indian American Aparna Nancherla (Comedy Central’s “Corporate,” Netflix’s “The Standups”) and Ronny Chieng (senior correspondent for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”).

The musical lineup features artists across genres, including Canadian singer-songwriter Ruth B, and Japanese Breakfast, the indie-rock solo music project of Korean American musician Michelle Zauner.

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