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Fort Lauderdale's Oceanside Park: Festival of Classics Recap

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Fort Lauderdale, FL — The sixth edition of the eagerly awaited Festival of Classics, an innovative cultural extravaganza presented by Grace Arts Center, has successfully concluded, leaving an indelible mark on the city’s artistic landscape. The captivating celebration of classical and contemporary art featured a different cast each day November 4th and 5th from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM at the picturesque Oceanside Park, located at AIA and Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. A dance finale engaged audiences including parents and children to dance with all the performers along the sidewalks.

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In collaboration with Fort Lauderdale’s LOOP, renowned as the ‘infinite experience for everyone under the sun,’ this year’s Festival of Classics unfolded as an unforgettable showcase of local talent, featuring free live theater performances on the stunning beach promenade. The event coincided with the Oceanside Park Farmer’s Marketplace, enhancing the overall experience for attendees who could enjoy both the artistic displays and shop for artisan foods and unique gifts.

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Throughout the weekend, the Festival of Classics transformed the park into a stage for over ninety (90) talented artists over two days and regional theater companies. The program presented a mesmerizing series of dramatic scenes, dance performances, and musical interludes, all celebrating the Fall season with unique interpretations and recitations of classical art.

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With a history dating back to its inaugural edition in March 2020, featuring the daughter of the Founder of ‘Shakespeare in the Park’ in New York City, Joseph Papp, the Festival of Classics overcame COVID-19 challenges. The dedicated artists involved in the production persevered, continuing the project during the summer with the creation of safe, socially-distanced theater experiences in parks and open spaces, preserving the spirit of the arts even during difficult times. In 2021, the third and fourth editions in Miami and Boca Raton were the first performances for actors in the post-pandemic return to theater.

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Producer and Director Clare Vickery, Founder of Grace Arts Center, expressed gratitude for the support of the LOOP businesses and fifteen (15) esteemed cultural organizations, including the region’s leading equity actors. Sponsorship from Broward County Cultural Division, and the Board of County Commissioners, Florida Division of Arts and Culture, Community Foundation of Broward as well as individual donors. She said they played pivotal roles ensuring artistic compensation for this free public event enriching the lives of the South Florida community.

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For media inquiries and more information about the Festival of Classics, please contact Clare Vickery, Founder of Grace Arts Center, at 954–816–3324 or via email at contact@graceartscenter.org.

About Grace Arts Center:

Grace Arts Center is a Florida-based nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering creativity and artistic expression. Through various programs and initiatives such as the Festival of Classics, it aims to empower aspiring artists and contribute to the vibrant arts community in the region. Learn more at www.graceartscenter.org.


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