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Caribe Arts Fest Takes Center Stage, October 17 – 20, 2013, Florida

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Caribbean art is positioned to make its mark at the 2nd annual Caribe Arts Fest held in downtown Fort Lauderdale. A celebration of the artistic essence of the Americas and the Caribbean, the 4 day event, hosted by Neki Mohan is positioned to help aspiring artists and entertain through art exhibits, independent films, music and educational workshops. Taking place October 17 – 20, the scheduled events will take place at the NSU’s Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale and nearby Esplanade Park. The weekend pass is $20 and available online. Children under 12 are free.
Saturday, October 19 is the only outdoor activity convening in Esplanade Park near the Riverwalk. Activities will range from family entertainment, dance workshops, drumming circles, Zumba, face painting, musical performances, art vendors, tasty cultural cuisines, and an exciting kid’s art zone. On stage, there will be the eclectic sounds of Latin, funk, hip hop and dub by one of South Florida’s finest fusion bands, Spam Allstars. Reggae fusion will be provided by internationally acclaimed, Rootz Underground and from Germany, reggae icon Uwe Banton will be gracing the stage for the first time in the USA. The day starts from 11am to 10pm.
The weekend will conclude on Sunday October 20, with a series of indie films screened at the NSU’s Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale. This will include “Rasta A Soul’s Journey”, a documentary by Donisha Pendergrast, granddaughter of Bob and Rita Marley; “Mas Man”, a historical look at Carnival through the eyes of Trinidadian filmmaker, Dalton Narine and from Jamaica the award winning film, “Better Mus’ Come” by Storm Saulter that depicts the historical Green Bay Massacre of the 1970’s.
For founders, Michelle Mckoy and David Muir, the event has been a vision that both shared as they pursued ways to support themselves and other artists from the Caribbean. “We’re both artists who understand what it takes to be able to do what you love and live,” said Muir in a recent interview, “we believe this is just the beginning of a movement that will attract the necessary attention on the awesome talent we have in our communities.” For more details on times and schedules of events visit www.caribeartsfest.com
Event: Caribe Arts Fest
Date:  October 19, 2013
Activities:  Art exhibits Music Films Workshop Kids Art Zone
Locations: Esplanade Park, Downtown Ft. Lauderdale
Adm: $10 / $20 Weekend pass
This event is supported by the Greater Ft Lauderdale Visitors and Convention Bureau, City of Fort Lauderdale, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Florida Power and Light and the Broward Cultural Division.

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