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Adrienne Arsht Center Plays a Starring Role in the 41st Annual International Pow Wow
May 27, 2009, 1:13 am
Filed under: About the Center

The Adrienne Arsht Center joined representatives from all areas of the local hospitality industry last week to make Miami shine as attendees from more than 70 countries descended on the city for the U.S. Travel Association’s International POW WOW. Of the nearly 4,000 participants in POW WOW, more than 450 included travel journalists from over 40 countries all here to experience our beautiful city and aiming the spotlight on Miami’s world-class performing arts center! Pow Wow is the travel industry’s premier international marketplace and the largest generator of US travels.

Artist Krave Paints Live at Pow Wow. Photo by Mitchell Zachs

Artist Krave Paints Live at Pow Wow. Photo by Mitchell Zachs

In just three days, more than 1,000 U.S. travel organizations and close to 1,500 international and domestic buyers conducted business negotiations that would otherwise have only been generated through an exhaustive number of around-the-world trips. Miami officials anticipate that hosting the International Pow Wow will result in about $400 million worth of business to the city over the next 3 years.

Dancers on stage; photo by Mitchell Zachs

Dancers on stage; photo by Mitchell Zachs

The Grand Farewell Party last Wednesday evening featured the best of Miami’s Arts & Culture. Pow Wow delegates poured into all of the Arsht Center’s indoor and outdoor spaces, including lobbies, theaters, lounges and rehearsal spaces for an evening of festive food, libations and entertainment. Rainbow Strings Violin Ensemble played from a balcony down to guests in the Knight Concert Hall Lobby while 21st Century Steel Band played on a stage from Biscayne Boulevard on the Thomson Plaza for the Arts. Marischen Jazz Harp then fired up from the Ziff Ballet Opera House Lobby while the Junkanoo Parade,  accompanied by acrobatic dancers on stilts, whipped guests into a frenzy out on the street.

Junkanoo performs on Biscayne Blvd. Photo by Mitchell Zachs

Junkanoo performs on Biscayne Blvd. Photo by Mitchell Zachs

Guests enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to nosh from Barton G’s mouth-watering buffet set right on the second largest stage in the country, the Ziff Ballet Opera House! “What an incredible way to see this theatre”, said Lauren Hill, visiting from New York, “I feel like I am the performer looking out at the audience!”

Other signature Miami performance groups continued the energy into the evening including Momentum Dance Company, Miami Lyric Opera, Live in Color Dance Collective, Ife Ile, Brazz Dance Theater, and Ballet Flamenco La Rosa. One of the evenings most climactic performances took place on the wall of the historic Carnival Art Deco Tower. Animate Objects hung perilously off the tower, dancing to beating drums accompanied by colored shapes and spectacular lighting projected onto the Tower. Guests looked up in awe at the spectacle and eagerly applauded. Meanwhile, the Knight Concert Hall was alive with the music of La Guarachera de Cuba as the star of the Arsht Center’s summer season, Celia Cruz: The Musical, got guests dancing and clapping to La Negra Tiene Tumbao—an amazing lead-up to her June 2 return to the Center.

Animate Objects Perform on the Carnival Tower. Photo by Mitchell Zachs

Animate Objects Perform on the Carnival Tower. Photo by Mitchell Zachs

Grammy-award winning Jose Feliciano then stole the hearts of Pow Wow guests with two solo acoustic sets paying tribute to Celia, The Doors, and Elvis Presley. As guests exited the Knight Concert Hall, they were greeted by the funky sounds of Scott Klarman Sax who rocked a mean Stevie Wonder and then back out onto the Plaza, where Carlos Oliva & Los Sobrinos del Juez made people get out onto the street to dance just as the Brazilian parade with ornate costumes and feathered headpieces brought the party to another level with the beat beat beat!

At the end of the party, once the bars were closed and the food was gone, guests lingered on, not wanting the night to end. Pow Wow and the Adrienne Arsht Center managed to make quite an impression on Miami’s new friends from out of town!


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