Tribeca announces De Niro Con

Three-day city event will celebrate actor's 80th birthday

by Amber Wilkinson

Robert De Niro with his key to NYC, alongside Mayor Eric Adams, Martin Scorsese and Jane Rosenthal
Robert De Niro with his key to NYC, alongside Mayor Eric Adams, Martin Scorsese and Jane Rosenthal Photo: Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival
Tribeca Festival today is to host a three-day fan event in celebration of Robert De Niro’s 80th birthday. De Niro Con will run at Spring Studios in New York City from September 29 to October 1.

The event will feature appearances from the Raging Bull Oscar-winner, along with recreations of iconic film sets, immersive installations, classic film screenings, musical performances, and panel conversations. Organisers say it will also include special appearances from co-stars and frequent collaborators. The full line-up will be announced this summer.

Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal said: "It's hard to know what to get Bob for his 80th birthday. He's already got a gold watch, so we decided to celebrate him and his enduring legacy with a fun filled fan event as well as pay tribute to his unwavering dedication to his films, art, and the city he loves."

The event was announced at a private ceremony at the Tribeca Grill ahead of the 2023 Tribeca Festival opening night. New York City Mayor Eric Adams presented De Niro with a key to New York City for his service to supporting arts and activism. Other guests in attendance included Martin Scorsese, Matt Damon, Zazie Beetz, Mark Ruffalo, Brendan Fraser, Dianna Agron, Billy Porter, Julian Schnabel, Debra Messing, Noah Centineo, Piper Perabo, and New York Nico.

“Bob’s a visionary – he saw the potential for massive resurrection of this part of the city,” said Scorsese. “Tribeca Festival is an indomitable institution and a beacon, and Tribeca itself is the most vibrant, alive location. It’s the place to be and will continue to grow. It’s amazing he did all of this without having the keys until now so there’s more to come.”

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