By: George Neary
Some have said that Miami has the fastest growing arts and culture community in the country. We won’t argue with that, but we will point out that Miami has long been home to museums, artists, world class dance and theater, as well as a thriving community of writers, performers and artists.
Some of the city’s most colorful and thought-provoking works of art stem from its roots as an international arts hub with Latin and Caribbean-American influences.
And not only is there a vibrant LGBT community in Miami, there’s a number of opportunities to experience arts and culture through the unique lens and voices of the gay community – not to mention, it’s a great place to party with like-minds.
Focus on Film
Happening each spring, the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is a critically acclaimed event of provocative and relevant new work in culturally diverse film. The mission of the festival is to both entertain and educate through film, video and other media.
The festival is held in popular venues in South Beach and around the city such as The Colony Theater, Coral Gables Art Cinema, Miami Beach Cinematheque, Miami Beach Convention Center, and The Wolfsonian.
Throughout the year these venues, from small art house film houses to mega convention centers, strive to offer programming that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Catch a Show
Whether you’re looking to see a NYC Broadway tour currently in town or get wrapped up in a tantalizing tragedy in a fifty-seat black box, Miami is drawing back the curtain on theater productions of all shapes, sizes and varieties.
For the biggest touring acts, check out the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts or The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater. For edgy and fresh live theater productions, visit GableStage at the Biltmore in Coral Gables. One of Miami's leading cultural institutions, the New World Center, home of the New World Symphony, features more than 60 annual performances showcasing leading classical soloists, composers and conductors.
View Works of Art
View world-class exhibits at the Pérez Art Museum Miami situated on picturesque Biscayne Bay in Museum Park.
Or check out the Bass Museum of Art, The Wolfsonian and the World Erotic Art Museum — all located in the Art Deco District of South Beach.
Every December, Art Basel Miami Beach is North America’s most comprehensive international contemporary art fair, with 67 galleries from 31 countries on exhibit this year. Held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the festival draws more than 70,000 art dealers, artists, collectors and aficionados to Miami. It’s also spawned over 20 satellite fairs, as well as parties and events galore.
Carve out some time to enjoy the many arts and culture offerings of all sorts in this tropical paradise.
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