23 Aug Top 5 Favorite Cultural Spots in Miami by Jessy Schuster
Top 5 Favorite Cultural Spots in Miami by Jessy Schuster
Miami is a mosaic of cultures manifested through art, music, food, and unique experience is what any visitor will find represented throughout Miami. The “305” (one of Miami’s many nicknames) has always been a leader in diversity due to its robust population from so many ethnic backgrounds, most notably the Caribbean and Latin America. There is a multiplicity of things to do, places to go, and memories waiting to be made in multicultural Miami, so don’t wait any longer to taste, touch, and indulge.
Miami has one of the most vibrant arts scenes that is rooted in deep history. Jessy Schuster, who is a journalist and Miami Carnival reveler, recognizes the artistic and cultural value of the arts and humanities. “National Arts and Humanities Month offers us a chance to celebrate the often-overlooked economic, educational, and civic engagement values that the arts impact in our daily lives.”
Below Miami, Carnival reveler and Journalist-Jessy Schuster share her Top 5 favorite cultural spots in Miami.
- North Beach Bandshell. One of the few outdoor venues featuring artists from Latin America and the Caribbean. They had Kassav couple of years ago, and it was amazing to see people from different background dance to zouk music.
- Little Haiti Cultural Center. Traveling without leaving Miami. From learning how to speak creole to dancing to the beats of live Kompa music during free cultural nights to exhibits from prominent Caribbean artists, Little Haiti is a cultural gem.
- Perez Art Museum. Aside the permanent exhibit, their First Thursday of the month’s open night are always a good excuse to grab one of my friends to introduce the museum and to finish the night with music, happy hour and great networking.
- Art Africa. It happens during Art Basel and highlights African art. It takes place in the historic black neighborhood of Overtown. You meet incredible artists and finally see art that include a wider audience during Art Basel.
- WynCarib. For a taste of a typical Caribbean party scene. Music is uniting everyone, regardless of languages and backgrounds. This monthly musical and culinary Rendez-vous in Wynwood submerges you in Soca, Dancehall, Reggae, Afro Beat, and more.
The annual Caribbean Carnival season culminates with one of the largest cultural spectacles in North America, on Sunday, October 13th from 11am-11pm at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds. Miami Carnival, celebrating 35years, continues to be a feather in the cultural diversity cap of Miami and the South Florida region. The Miami Carnival Parade of Bands and Concert is presented by the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB). Caribbean Airlines is the official airline carrier of Miami Carnival.
The festival is also made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Tickets can be purchased atwww.miamicarnival.org. Over 20 masquerade bands will compete for prizes, pageantry and bragging rights.
Miami Carnival is an institutional mainstay of Miami’s cultural tourism economy. With the generations of persons of Caribbean descent from the region and other corners of America who have made Miami home, their music, culture, and artistic energy are helping to book out the availability of hotel rooms, special event venues, rent-a-cars, and shopping centers over the Columbus Day Weekend. This event transforms Miami into an economically vibrant culture wonderland.
For more information please visit www.miamicarnival.org.