The Canadian tunesmith passed away aged 82 after a fall at his home last month (Nov16).

To honour his life and career, friends and fans are staging an informal event outside the Manhattan arts venue, where they’ll play songs from Cohen's back catalogue.

There will be no speeches or live performances at the memorial, which has been organised by music producer Hal Willner and staff at the Center's Public Programming Department.

A post on the Lincoln Center website reads, "Lincoln Center invites the public to celebrate Leonard Cohen, the beloved singer-songwriter who died on November 7, 2016, at an informal gathering outside on Hearst Plaza."

The post states the event will take place "rain or shine", and will begin at midday local time.

Over a storied career spanning more than five decades, Cohen penned a number of beloved tunes including his mournful 1967 hit Suzanne, the much covered Hallelujah, and Dance Me to the End of Love, which featured in the Oscar winning 1992 film Scent of a Woman.