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The Season’s First Family Fest is Dog Gone Great
November 10, 2009, 6:34 pm
Filed under: Family Fun

The 09-10 season’s first Family Fest was a big hit with families and some four-legged friends! On Saturday November 7th families gathered on the Thomson Plaza for the Arts for the first of four Family Fests scheduled for the season. Family Fest is comprised of outdoor arts-related activities and performances in the Plaza followed by free professional music, theater, or dance performances inside the Ziff Ballet Opera House or Knight Concert Hall. The Paws on the Plaza ticket on-sale event for Broadway’s 101 Dalmatians started off the day with a doggie talent show and contest that named a Doggie Ambassador for the upcoming family musical. Families and dog lovers alike were entertained by 17 finalists as 3 judges narrowed it down to one final winner on the Family Fest stage.


Paws on Plaza; Photo by Mitchell Zachs

Immediately following Paws on the Plaza, the outdoor Family Fest activities included performances by Japanese Taiko drumming group Fushu Daiko, earth friendly blues and rock and roll with Earthman Lanny Smith, and West African drumming and dancing by Ballet Brika. The hands-on activities included an instrument petting zoo where kids could try out all the instruments in the orchestra and instrument making in the Craft Corner featuring Maraca-Tambourines. Rounding out the day was face painting, vendors and roaming costumed characters. The outdoor fun was followed by a spectacular orchestral performance by Miami Music Project, led by James Judd, in the Knight Concert Hall. Families were treated to classical favorites that took the audience on a journey around the world in a performance that featured dancers and audience participation.

Photo by Mitchell Zachs

The next Family Fest is scheduled for January 9th at 11:30 am followed by a special performance of Cinderella by the Miami City Ballet School in the Ziff Ballet Opera House.


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I would like to thank EVERYONE that made this Family Fest possible. Being able to bring my child close to the arts,such us playing real instruments and participating on a concert, (the presentation was interactive)is absolutely priceless.
Thank you VERY MUCH.

Comment by Myriam Varela

I love the Family Fest. It’s the best idea around, bringing families together for free activites and culture, especially in these tough economic times. I have been to 3 Fests with my 4 year old granddaughter and she especially enjoyed the Miami Project Concert, especially the Tango dance. As I said it brings culture to children who probably would not have the opportunity to be exposed to it any other way. I am looking forward to taking her to the Cinderella Ballet. Please keep up the good work. Thank you so much.

Comment by Linda Pacheco

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