Balinese dance legong, Ubud Palace, 2013
Photo credit: Anna & Michal

Things To Do in South Florida APRIL / MAY 2015

You’re in for a treat.  Aside from the fact that April is National Poetry month and O, Miami is on it like white on rice… there are TONS of multicultural events taking place in South Florida! Explore the culture of Trinidad & Tobago with food, booze and art (APR. 10), catch a Showcase of Young Indian Dance Choreographers (APR. 11), live performance by Orchestre Septentrional at Big Night in Little Haiti (APR. 17), Hatsume Fair at Morikami celebrates the first bud of Spring (APR. 18 & 19), take in the Florida Turkish Festival at Arts Park (APR. 19), stuff your face at Greek Fest (APR. 25-26), experience authentic dance & song by the Ukranian Dancers of Miami, get a taste of “La Perle des Antilles” at Taste of Haiti (May 3)… and this is just the tip of the ice.

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O, Miami Poetry Festival 2015

APRIL 1 – 30

The mission of the festival is for every single person in Miami-Dade County to encounter a poem during the month of April. Since its founding in 2011, O, MIami has hosted performances by Anne Carson, Raúl Zurita, W.S. Merwin, Patti Smith, Richard Blanco, Tracy K. Smith, Thurston Moore, Kevin Young, and many others.

More info: http://bit.ly/1GNFQze

Yen Shun 2015

APRIL 7 & 8

Shen Yun uses performing arts to present stories that bring to life the inner essence of China. This includes ancient legends, characters, and tales from history, and representative events from the modern world. In Shen Yun performances, themes like spiritual devotion, the benevolence of gods, good and evil, retribution, and the search for the meaning of life have appeared in dance stories and lyrics.

More info: http://bit.ly/1b3y7AY

Expo Al Fresco: A Taste of Hollywood

APRIL 8

Food samplings from over 100 booths from South Florida’s finest eateries and businesses, wine tasting, business expo, Muzart Creative Studio’s Kidz Korner, music and more!

More info: http://bit.ly/1Mt6kFD

South Beach Comedy Festival

APRIL 8-11

Dave Chappelle, Hannibal Buress, Bill Burr and Patton Oswalt are among the headliners for the 10th annual South Beach Comedy Festival, which returns to the Fillmore Miami Beach.

More info: http://bit.ly/1GNnSh8

DESTINATION FRIDAY: Explore the Culture of Trinidad & Tobago

APRIL 10

Listen the sounds of soca music spun by the DJ. Enjoy steel drum sessions and lessons, and a body-bending limbo contest with a grand prize to the winner. Experience the island’s foods including its signature roti dish, along with pumpkin sautéed with garlic and onion, chick peas, curry chicken, then wash it down with a glass of Trinidad rum punch.

More info: http://bit.ly/1ILzAHk

CircX Cabaret

APRIL 11

Internationally renowned troupe CircX presents their signature style of cabaret, described as: one part circus, two parts burlesque, a pinch of class and a dash of trash. This is an rated R show; If you are easily offended, this is not for you!

More info: http://bit.ly/1Ai8wtS

Bharatnatyam Performance
Photo credit: Rhythms School of Dance

Rising Stars – A showcase for Young Indian Dance Choreographers

APRIL 11

A thematic event showcasing new choreography created by student artists and professional artists. This event will present the history, evolution and current state of Indian dance in a very entertaining manner. Since the divine birth in ancient times, she has traveled thousands of years through culturally vast regions of India adapting, evolving and innovating as she transformed into a unique being enthralling all in her way. She is an entertainer, educator, facilitator, innovator and above all “the embodiment of power” who can fight social injustice.

More info: http://on.fb.me/1EARkq9

Orchestre Septentrional at Big Night in Little Haiti

APRIL 17

The April edition features Haiti’s legendary big band, together since 1948: Orchestre Septentrional! The night also features a visit from Carnival Arts. Between sets, DJ Mack.

Onstage, whether playing an elegant ballroom or an outdoors festival in the countryside, Septen is a dynamo, with a heady combination of drums and horns driving dancers onto their feet. But to Haitians, Septen’s ability to thrive when all else seems to be falling apart makes the orchestra something more — a bulwark and a solace.

New York Times

More info: http://bit.ly/19LKOiD

Hatsume Fair

APRIL 18 & 19

Celebrating the first bud of spring, Morikami’s largest annual event transforms the normally tranquil park into a unique Japanese spring festival featuring three stages (with taiko drumming, martial arts demos and our annual costume and fashion show contest), avenues of artisan booths, plant sales, Asian and American food vendors and children’s activities.

More info: http://bit.ly/1CbuPYh

13th Annual Florida Turkish Festival

APRIL 19

The festival’s highlights include performances by folk dance groups, live Turkish music, and belly dancing! Delicious Turkish foods such as doner kebab, boerek, baklava, and Turkish coffee will be available for purchase. There will be traditional fortune tellers reading coffee grinds. Demonstrations of Turkish art will give guests the opportunity to purchase unique forms of Turkish arts and crafts. Children’s activities will include face painting, balloon sculpting, and a bounce house making the festival a family affair!

More info: http://bit.ly/1OX6QQl

Dance Through The Ages

APRIL 24

The production will bring audience member through a timeline of dance by creating original works of choreography that include historical elements such as the birth of ballet in 1489, the Victorian court dances of the 1550’s that were intended to bring men and women together in social situations, the introduction of square dancing and salsa in the 1700’s, the first musicals featuring dance in the late 1800’s, to that with which we are now familiar in the 1900’s and 2000’s. Showing a glimpse of what dance may look like in the future.

More info: http://bit.ly/1koTtMG

Craft Beer Festival & Burger Bash

APRIL 25

You choose King of All Burgers for the best burger, best alternative burger, and most innovated burger. With a mild climate, entertainment by The Replay, a selection of over 70 craft beers to choose from and unlimited burger tastings from all your local favorite chefs.

More info: http://bit.ly/1MtCuTr

Greek Fest

APRIL 25-26

The St. George Greek Orthodox Church dance groups Klironomia (instructor Jordon Elrod), Rizes (instructor Lia Apostolidis Elrod) and Asterakia (instructor Alexandra Kotis) will perform traditional folk dances from various regions of Greece for your pleasure.  Enjoy the beautiful handmade costumes as our dancers perform their intricate steps in true Greek spirit.

More info: http://bit.ly/1MwC7uA

Ukrainian Dancers of Miami: The Ukrainian Montage

APRIL 26

An afternoon of authentic Ukrainian folk dance and song, featuring the Ukrainian Dancers of Miami, celebrating their 65th season in South Florida.

More info: http://bit.ly/1FfNXm2

Celebration of Caribbean/Haitian Heritage Month

MAY 3

Tradisyon Lakou Lakay brings together a potpourri of cultures featuring Afro-Haitian dance. The fusing of the passions and the traditions of the two cultures result in an awe-inspiring art form.

More info: http://bit.ly/1wYJ40K

Cécile Mclorin Salvant (with Aaron Diehl Trio)

MAY 9

Cécile McLorin Salvant was born and raised in Miami, Florida of a French mother and a Haitian father. She started classical piano studies at five, and began singing in the Miami Choral Society at eight. Early on, she developed an interest in classical voice, began studying with private instructors, and later with Edward Walker, vocal teacher at the University of Miami.

More info: http://bit.ly/1BNqPHW

3rd Annual of Taste Haiti

MAY 9

When you talk about Haitian food in the United States, most people think Griot, Rice & Beans, and our most famous Soupe de Giromond. But there is more to our culinary background then just those items listed. Haiti has been influenced by a number of cultures such as French, Spanish, Lebanese, African, Indian and so forth. We are an island that offers an extraordinary variety in our cooking and we want to share our culture with the world.

More info: http://on.fb.me/1Iph9aN

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Celebration

MAY 9-10

In celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, the festival will feature music and dancing, food and flowers, arts and crafts, surfing lessons and more! Featured presentations will explore the Pacific islands of Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand and Samoa.

More info: http://bit.ly/13xgsxw

Dance & Drama from Bali

MAY 16

This performance will provide the community with an opportunity to learn about Balinese dance. This style of dance was created and has been performed as an offering to deities. For the Balinese, dance is a medium for traveling between “Sekala” (the world of form) and “Niskala” (the spiritual world). It is the alchemy of body and spirit.

More info: http://bit.ly/19BnZyv

4th Annual Colors of the Caribbean

JUNE 13

The annual event which showcases Caribbean cuisine, business, art, music, and culture and takes place Father’s Day Weekend. Free.

More info: http://bit.ly/1yy1d0o