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Miami Book Fair International Brings Extraordinary Live Performances to the World Stage

~ The 2012 Miami Book Fair International, Nov. 11 – 18. The popular Street Fair runs Nov. 16 - 18
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Grammy-winning sensation Lena to perform at this year's Book Fair.

Miami, November 6, 2012 - In addition to more than 200 book sellers and a plethora of activities for the entire family, this year’s Miami Book Fair International, presented by The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College (MDC), will also feature free theatrical performances and concerts by renowned local and international musical and dance artists Friday through Sunday, Nov. 16 – 18.


From jazz, dance and funk to gospel, rock and fusion, the World Stage will offer a cultural tour through music. Headliners include:


Grammy-winning pop singer/songwriter Lena, daughter of famous Cuban singer Malena Burke and granddaughter of the legendary Elena Burke, who will sing at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18, Cuban harmonic trio, Los Tres de La Habana, will also hit the stage on Sunday at 5 p.m. Mixing things up, L.A.-based group Ozomatli perform at 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, with their unique blend of Latin, hip-hop, salsa, jazz, and more. Also on the fusion front, Venezuelan Latin/reggae band Bachaco play at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, Bachaco is presented in collaboration with MDC Live Arts.


Jazz singer/songwriter/bassist Kate Davis, who was first recognized by the National Young Arts Foundation while still in high school, will perform at 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18. National Young Arts Foundation is the sponsor of her performance. Enjoy the sounds of Paraguayan classical guitarist Luz Maria Bobadilla at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17.


Afro-Caribbean funk band and two-time Grammy nominees, Locos Por Juana, will play at 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17. To round out the great energy onstage, Nimbaya, The Women’s Drum & Dance Company of Guinea, performs at 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17.


In addition, Prometeo Theatre will present free theatrical performances and readings in Spanish, including Toda desnudez será castigada by Nelson Rodriguez and Pancha Garmendía y Elisa Lynch by Augusto Roa Bastos. MDC’s Koubek Center will host nine of its best Microteatro performances during the Street Fair, Nov. 16 – 18. Microteatro, a concept created in Spain, will feature 15-minute plays in both English and Spanish.       


A complete list of live performances is included in the Book Fair guide, available soon online at  



Miami Book Fair International is the largest and finest literary gathering in America. It is the premier event of The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College. The Centerpromotes reading, writing and theater at locations throughout South Florida by consistently presenting activities open to all. Its Generation Genius programs for children and teens promote literacy and learning. Its creative writing program has national appeal, and courses are taught by local and visiting authors. It is also home to Prometeo Theatre, the nation's leading Spanish language, conservatory-style program offering training for actors, and featuring performances throughout the year. In 2012, the Center celebrates its tenth year with a renewed commitment to the advancement of literary and theater arts.


Miami Book Fair International is made possible through the generous support of the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Miami; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Miami Downtown Development; and the Friends of the Fair; as well as many corporate partners.



Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including the Miami Book Fair International, the Center @ MDC, the Miami International Film Festival, the MDC Live Performing Arts Series, the Cuban Cinema Series, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, numerous renowned campus art galleries and theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 170,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s seven campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate, associate in arts and science degrees and numerous career training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. MDC has served nearly 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.

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