Deering Estate Festival of the Arts free events

Deering Estate FestivalFor two days, the Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72 Ave., Miami, is the host site for a cultural event that explores the integrated relationship between people and the environment through interactive activities and performances. All events are free on these two days.

The event opens Friday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Visitor Center Theatre with the reading of Messenger #4 (or “How to Survive a Greek Tragedy”) by Will Hollis Snider. Presented by Lost Girls Theatre, Andie Arthur and Katie Siegal, the play addresses how a character’s actions inadvertently change the world.

The Eco and Environmental Art Exhibit In Deep” opens to the public on Saturday, April 12, at 3:30 p.m. showcasing works by 27 literary artists and 61 visual artists and 122 performing artists.

The day also features family-friendly interactive activities including an Eco-Scavenger Hunt and BYOP photography competition with prizes, a Nighttime Adventure Tour of the Mangrove Boardwalk Trail, as well as the Ekphrasitic Amble, a Twitter poetry response (#deeringpoetry) to onsite works.

At 4 p.m. is the National Water Dance Performance, a simultaneous performance with 91 participating national organizations, dance schools and universities. They include a choir with more than 100 singers, musicians and dancers will performing on the main lawn and boat basin of the Estate, bringing attention to the fragile waters. A corresponding onsite water awareness event and Shower Head Exchange will also take place by the Main Gate.

Following at 4:45 p.m. is the In Deep Curator’s Tour led by Exhibit Curator and Environmental Artist Lucinda Linderman and Deering Estate Exhibit Specialist, Kim Yantis. At 8 p.m., participating artists and Deering Estate Assistant Director Jennifer Tisthammer direct guests to an informal walking tour of the indoor and outdoor works. Nature-based readings and ongoing poetry will occur in multiple locations with Literary Artist in Residence Mia Leonin, poets, Spoken Soul Festival, and O, Miami Poetry Festival participants culminating at the fire circle with participatory poems.

Food from Lan Pan Asian and CrepeMaker will be available for purchase at the Culinary Café by the courtyard.

 For more info call 305-235-1668 ext. 233.