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Miami Book Fair International Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Extraordinary Live Performances at the World Stage

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Miami, October 16, 2013 - In addition to hundreds of 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 from Friday through Sunday, Nov. 22 – 24.

 From jazz, pop, rock, world beat, gospel and Latin, the Fair’s World Stage, located at the corner of Northeast 2nd Avenue and 3rd Street, will showcase the best in free, live performances — including musicians from the Fair’s host country, Spain. 

Here are some of the highlights:

South Florida’s singing sensation Karina Iglesias, who rose to fame this year on NBC’s The Voice, will perform on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. The Grammy-nominated Latin jazz group Dr. Ed Calle & Friends will hit the stage on Saturday at 1p.m., followed by the Latin Grammy nominated jazz group Negroni's Trio at 3 p.m. and Juan Perro, former member of Spain’s Radio Futura, at 4p.m.

Wolfson Dancers, directed by Delma Isles will take the stage at 10 a.m., Friday, followed at 11 a.m. by New World School of the Arts Dancers, directed by legendary dancer and MDC Faculty Peter London. The Wolfson Jazz Ensemble, directed by Mike Di Liddo, will play at 12:15 p.m. Saturday.  

Bringing international sounds to the World Stage, African drumbeats group Jahwill B & Friends will perform at 2 p.m. on Friday, followed by acoustic world musician Peter Betan at 3 p.m. On Sunday, the Three Sheets to the Wind will continue the world music vibe at 1 p.m., followed by Reggae Grove band Taj Weeks & Adowa at 3 p.m.         

At 11 a.m. on Sunday, Young Arts Foundation will present jazz standards with The David Leon Trio. Also, enjoy the sounds of Spanish classical guitarist Jose Luis Monton at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23 and noon on Sunday, Nov. 24.

Additionally, on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 8:30 p.m., Spanish dramator José Ramón Fernández will join MDC’s Prometeo Theatre students for a dramatic reading of select scenes of Spanish theater throughout the ages.     

 For a complete list of live performances and updates on the Miami Book Fair International, please visit www.miamibookfair.com, call 305-237-3528, or email wbookfair@mdc.edu.

 Miami Book Fair International and The Center @ MDC

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 at Miami Dade College. The Center promotes reading, writing and theater at locations throughout South Florida by consistently presenting activities open to all. Literacy projects target children and teens, as well as college students and adults. 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.

MDCulture

MDCulture is the Cultural Affairs Department of the College. Comprising the Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, Tower Theater, the Center for Literature and Theatre, Koubek Center, Freedom Tower, MDC Live Arts and MDC Galleries and Museum of Art + Design, MDCulture is committed to providing everyone the opportunity to come in contact with innovative thinkers, creators and tradition bearers from around the world. With each presentation, MDCulture offers a bridge between cultures and ideas, creating new opportunities for the increasingly diverse population of Miami to come together through shared live arts experiences..

Miami Dade College

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 through MDCulture, it’s cultural affairs department, including the Miami Book Fair International, the Center @ MDC, the Miami International Film Festival, MDC Live Arts 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 175,000 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 more than 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.

For updates on Miami Book Fair International, please visit www.miamibookfair.com, call 305-237-3528, or email wbookfair@mdc.edu.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359, khill1@mdc.edu, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366, rromero3@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu




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