Friday October 6, 2006

Carnival Center opening

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This is it, folks: the big weekend! And not only does the Carnival Center have a brand new website that actually works, but in addition to the expensive stuff happening all this weekend, there’s a free festival, Globalbeat, on Sunday from noon to 10 pm. Ok, ok, there are still some problems: when you click the Globalbeat link on the website you get a blank page (try here for the basics), and apparently the big show on Thursday didn’t go over great, but it sounds like stuff that can be ironed out. See you there Sunday.

Update: Manola comes through with a press release she dug up out of the Google cache(!) and posted in the comments.

Target Globalbeat is free, but space is limited for the indoor performances. Vouchers, which are redeemable for wrist bands on the day of the event, will be available at the 13 Miami-Dade County Commissioners’ District offices from Monday, September 18 to Friday, September 22. Carnival Center recommends contacting the District offices for a specific time and date to pick up vouchers. Vouchers can be redeemed at the Target Globalbeat Tent on Sunday, October 8 for wrist bands which provide admittance into the Center during any one of three three-hour sessions beginning at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Wrist bands will also be issued, as space permits, on Sunday at the Target Globalbeat Tent up to two hours before the start of each session. Arriving early is highly recommended.

Hmm… in other words, anyone who had the inside scoop and got their vouchers two weeks ago is getting in. Everyone else will have to show up and hope for the best.

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  1. Manola Blablablanik    Fri Oct 6, 10:45 AM #  

    Alesh and all—here is the cache of the press release which I could no longer find on the website yesterday. The new site is much better but it’s definitely not good that days just prior to the festival the information is gone. This concerned me because I had to write an informational piece elsewhere and of course now the link is broken. And of course, I wanted to attend! There used to be a full PDF schedule of the day’s activities on the website. Can’t find it now.

    Also metromover is supposed to be running express from Government Center to PAC.

    Oh and this whole shindig is related to the original Miami Carnival.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


    CARNIVAL CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS TO CONCLUDE
    GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION WITH
    TARGET GLOBALBEAT

    FREE indoor and outdoor performances all day long throughout the entire complex, including the spectacular Miami Carnival Parade

    Sunday, October 8
    12 noon to 10 p.m.
    Free Admission

    MIAMI, September 18, 2006 — On Sunday, October 8, Carnival Center for the Performing Arts will welcome the entire community to Target Globalbeat, presented by Target, a FREE massive grand finale to the Center’s four-day Grand Opening celebration. With more than 40 indoor and outdoor performances by hundreds of local artists, Target Globalbeat will be a huge celebration of Miami’s cultural diversity and talent – and an opportunity for all South Floridians to be among the first to visit Miami’s new home for the performing arts and enjoy spectacular performances for FREE. The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald are the media sponsors of Target Globalbeat.

    Performances during Target Globalbeat, which will take place from noon to 10 p.m. in the Center’s three indoor theaters, lobbies, plaza, and outdoor terraces, represent 20 countries and a huge variety of talent – including internationally acclaimed touring bands, Grammy nominees, traditional folk performers, and homegrown favorites – all of whom call South Florida home.

    Six parades will run through the Center during the day, including the Bahamas Junkanoo Revue of Miami, The Samba Academy, a Chinese Dragon performance by the Miami Overseas Chinese Association, a traditional Haitian rara procession by Rara Lakay, brass band sounds from the high energy Miami Street Band, and the colossal annual Miami Carnival, which will bring hundreds of costumed Caribbean dancers and performers through the heart of downtown Miami for a special stop in the Center’s Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts, on Biscayne Boulevard between 13th and 14th streets.

    Target Globalbeat will salute Miami’s Caribbean and African-American communities with calypso from Florida Memorial Steelband, reggae from Nubian Players, gospel from Cooper Temple Church of God in Christ Mass Choir, the energetic West African dance troupe Delou Africa Dance Ensemble, and the acclaimed Haitian konpa group Zenglen, among others. Paying homage to Miami’s rich Latin American influences, the Center will also host the seven-piece Cuban timba band Tiempo Libre in a rare hometown performance; Latin funk rockers Siete Rayo; traditional Afro-Peruvian music and dance group Peru Expresión; Mexican norteño band Grupo Impecable; Argentine tango from Los Tangueros; the popular Cuban son band Conjunto Progreso, and more. The day will also feature performances from several young Miamians who define the city’s unique sound—the funky hip beats of The Spam Allstars, Latin Grammy nominees Locos por Juana, champion turntablist DJ Craze, up-and-coming R&B singer Urban Mystic, Kendall hip-hoppers Mayday, the breakdancing D Projects, and Black Violin, the classically trained duo of hip-hop-playing violinists. Irish fiddling, Japanese taiko drumming, Middle Eastern music and dance, Indian dance and sitar, bluegrass, klezmer and more round out the world of performances at Target Globalbeat.

    Target Globalbeat is free, but space is limited for the indoor performances. Vouchers, which are redeemable for wrist bands on the day of the event, will be available at the 13 Miami-Dade County Commissioners’ District offices from Monday, September 18 to Friday, September 22. Carnival Center recommends contacting the District offices for a specific time and date to pick up vouchers. Vouchers can be redeemed at the Target Globalbeat Tent on Sunday, October 8 for wrist bands which provide admittance into the Center during any one of three three-hour sessions beginning at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

    Wrist bands will also be issued, as space permits, on Sunday at the Target Globalbeat Tent up to two hours before the start of each session. Arriving early is highly recommended. Details, including the performance schedule, list of Commissioners’ offices, directions to Carnival Center and parking information, are available on the Carnival Center Web site at www.carnivalcenter.org.

    Calendar Editors, please note:

    Carnival Center for the Performing Arts – Target Globalbeat, presented by Target
    Carnival Center’s Grand Opening finale featuring free indoor and outdoor performances by hundreds of local artists representing 20 countries.
    Sunday, October 8, 2006
    12 noon – 10 p.m.
    1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33130
    Cost: Free
    Tickets:
    1. No tickets required for outdoor performances.
    2. Pick up vouchers at your Miami-Dade Commissioner’s Office beginning Monday, September 18. Call your local offices to make arrangements. Vouchers are redeemable for wristbands at the Target Globalbeat Tent on the event day.
    3. Pick up wristbands at the Target Globalbeat Tent for any of three three-hour sessions on Sunday, October 8.
    Additional information: www.carnivalcenter.org



  2. R.    Sun Oct 8, 02:23 AM #  

    the stuff is up on the CCPA website, you just have to scroll to the right to see the info, although I think Manola got it pretty much locked down.