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Venice Theatre is simply spectacular and one of the largest, most active community theatres in the United States.
Garnering the most awards for the Southeast this little company is scheduled to "host" the International
Amateur Theatre Festival... in June of 2014.
The Venice Symphony has become the pride of Venice and South Sarasota County. Residents and tourists fill its
performance hall each year for six sets of concerts December through April. Classical works and "pops"
selections are conducted by Wesley John Schumacher who charms his audiences with entertaining and informative
comments about featured composers and their works.
The Venice Art Center is your first place to seek art. The center's periodic shows of painting and sculpture by
local artists offers educational programs, year-round art classes, evening mixers and family friendly activities.
The Venice Museum and Archives, located in the historic Triangle Inn, features historical and archeological exhibits dating back to 1867.
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Across the north bridge, Sarasota’s downtown offers a vast
array of arts and attractions. Featuring classical and modern dance, the
Sarasota Ballet performs throughout the year while the
Asolo Theatre’s regional theatrical company unveils their lineup November
through June. In October, the John and Mable Ringling Museum
hosts an International Arts Festival. This six-day cultural celebration is presented in collaboration with New York’s
Baryshnikov Arts Center. The entire event with music, dance, theater and visual arts is orchestrated by non other
than Mikhail himself!
Baryshnikov, who spent so many years as the most famous male ballet dancer in the world, is still working his magic!
This is where you can mix, mingle and "get your arts fix" on a beautiful 66-acre cultural "campus"
along Sarasota Bay!
Sarasota and Bradenton also house two large artist communities called
Towles Court and the Village of the Arts. Both locations feature a
colorful collection of "Old Florida" bungalows housing galleries, studios and cafes. In neighborly fashion,
these artists live, work and feed off the enthusiasm of their counterparts, in pursuit of their own unique style.
Towles Court has an evening art walk the third Friday of every month while the first Friday and Saturday of each month
is assigned to the Village of the Arts. Check their sites for details.
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Film Festival and
Van Wezel attract top rated actors, concerts and
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