South Beach- Arts And Culture

The New World Symphony Orchestra, Miami Beach’s major cultural calling card, is an orchestra of brilliant young music students directed by the famous conductor, Michael Tilson Thomas.

Each December, the City of Miami Beach hosts Art Basel Miami Beach, one of the largest art shows in the United States. Art Basel Miami Beach, the sister event to the Art Basel event held each June in Basel, Switzerland, combines an international selection of top galleries with a program of special exhibitions, parties and crossover events featuring music, film, architecture and design. Exhibition sites are located in the city’s Art Deco District, and ancillary events are scattered throughout the greater Miami metropolitan area.

The Miami City Ballet, a ballet company founded in 1985, which is housed in a 63,000-square-foot building near Miami Beach’s Bass Museum of Art.

The Miami Beach Festival of the Arts is an annual outdoor art festival that was begun in 1974.

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Art Deco hotels in Miami Beach, particularly Ocean Drive part, were also featured prominently in the 1983 feature film Scarface and the 1996 comedy The Birdcage.

In November 2007 and 2009, a multi-media art festival (“Sleepless Night”) was held based on Nuit Blanche. The festival returns on November 5, 2011.

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