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January 28, 2010, 10:29 pm
Filed under: At the Center

Although February marks “Black History Month,” the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts Of Miami-Dade County celebrates African American and international black artists and productions– – the best in theater, gospel, blues, jazz and soul, modern dance, world music, and percussion – throughout the season. Year after year, our South Florida community enjoys a year-round festivalof Black culture as we continuously honor the many valuable artistic contributions Black artists have gifted our society.

Our epic celebration spans the entire 2009-10: The Color Purple musical; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Buddy Guy; Julian, Stephen and Damian Marley; Sweet Honey In The Rock; Jon Hendricks and Angelique Kidjo.  We continue to host free community-focused events: the sold-out FREE Gospel Sundays showcasing CeCe Winans, Richard Smallwood and others; while Family Fest events bring talent such as the powerful Step Afrika!’s percussion and rhythmic dance to our stage.  Our February offerings are lush with an abundance of gifted Black performers from all disciplines including Ne-Yo, NAS and Goodie Mob, Al Jarreau, Ramsey Lewis, The Canton Spirituals, and the award-winning comedy Platanos and Collard Greens

Free Gospel Sundays

Since our opening, we have proudly hosted a wealth of world-recognized Black performers including Sonny Rollins, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Diane Reeves, Bobby McFerrin, Irvin Mayfield, the Classical Theater of Harlem, Mavis Staples, and Mos Def.  Non U.S.-based, critically acclaimed Black talent also have graced our stages, including Gilberto Gil (Brazil), Peru Negro (Peru), Emeline Michel (Haiti) and Lura (Cape Verde), and the award-winning musical The Harder They Come (Jamaica).  Also, the Adrienne Arsht Center has presented locally based artists who represent the African diaspora, such as 21st Century Steel Pan Orchestra (Trinidad/Tobago) and Ife-Ile Afro-Cuban Dance Ensemble (Cuba).  

Angelique Kidjo

We are delighted to mark this important moment in U.S. history by celebrating Black History Month at the Adrienne Arsht Center this February and beyond, and will continue to applaud Black talent on our stage and in our community season after season.


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