Palm Beach Prelude Kicks Off South Florida Arts Season

Savvy travelers headed to Art Basel in Miami this year are first heading to nearby Palm Beach County for the annual Palm Beach Prelude, which will take over the region from November 29 through December 2. Massive outdoor murals, exhibition openings, festivals, special events and more await art lovers seeking to experience firsthand why the region is considered Florida’s Cultural Capital®.  After the festivities, travelers can experience the convenience of high-speed rail with the newly launched Brightline service from West Palm Beach to Miami.

A sampling of events at the Palm Beach Prelude includes:

What: Exhibition – Downton Abbey
Where: CityPlace (West Palm Beach)
When: Duration of Palm Beach Prelude
Cost: $35 per adult; $33 per senior citizen
Description: Experience the history, the fashion and the house of Downton Abbey: The Exhibition. Based on the beloved television show, visitors will be transported to post-Edwardian England where they’ll be immersed in the fascinating social history, culture, and some of the most memorable moments from the show’s six-season run.

Photo: Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

What: Performance – The Nutcracker – Ballet Palm Beach
Where: Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (West Palm Beach)
When: Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $19-$89
Description: Ballet Palm Beach leaps into the season with holiday classic, The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker is the coming-of-age story of Marie who receives a mysterious gift on Christmas Eve. Adventures ensue as Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous, beloved score draws Marie into a terrifying battle with the Mouse King, past a mystical snowstorm, and to the prince’s Enchanted Kingdom. Perfect for the young and the young-at-heart!

Photo: Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

What: Festival  – 3rd Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival
Where: Armory Art Center Campus  (West Palm Beach)
When: Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2
Cost: Complimentary
Description: The 3rd Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival, presented by the Armory Art Center will feature 90 tents throughout the Armory’s campus, including local and out-of-town artists, live music, demonstrations, food trucks, and activities for all ages. Artists will have the opportunity to interact with the public through art demos and booth chats.

 

What: The Satellite: A Project of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County
Where: CityPlace (West Palm Beach)
When: Duration of Palm Beach Prelude
Cost: Complimentary
Description: A ‘pop-up’ exhibition by the Cultural Council, “Reimagine” will feature a mix of solo artists and samplings of past main exhibitions from the last six years. There will also be a spotlight on the Council’s current exhibition. The CityPlace space will be transformed into small galleries and an event space. Stay tuned for a lecture schedule, special member events, plus programming by cultural organizations from around the county.

 

What: Exhibition – Laurence Gartel: Digital Titan
Where: Palm Beach Photographic Centre (West Palm Beach)
When: Duration of Palm Beach Prelude
Cost: Complimentary
Description: This exhibition explores unique works from Laurence Gartel, nicknamed the “Father of Digital Art”, along with new works created specifically for the exhibition. Also on display are pieces that Gartel has received over time.

What:  Performance – Symphonic Tales – Palm Beach Symphony
Where: Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (West Palm Beach)
When: Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 at 3 p.m.
Price: Starting at $35
Concert Program:

  • Johann Strauss (1825 – 1899) Overture to Die Fledermaus
  • Kodály (1882 – 1967) Dances of Galanta
  • Ginastera (1916 – 1983) Four Dances from Estancia
  • Wolf-Ferrari (1876 – 1948) Overture to Il segreto di Susanna
  • Borodin (1833 – 1887) Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
  • Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893) Suite from Sleeping Beauty
  • Conductor: Ramón Tebar
  • Guest performers: Master Chorale of South Florida

    Photo: Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

What: Exhibition – Tech Effect Exhibition
Where: Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square (Delray Beach)
When: Duration of Palm Beach Prelude
Cost: $8 per adult; $5 per senior citizen and students with ID
Description: Technology is all around us, and the Cornell Art Museum is exploring the way that tech has influenced contemporary art with its newest exhibition, “Tech Effect.” The show features about 12 artists whose work deals with technology in some way. Museum visitors will be fascinated by augmented reality works, interactive touch screen works, the prevalence of social media in contemporary art, artwork that utilizes code, and countless ways that technology is integrated into contemporary art.

For more information about Palm Beach Prelude, visit palmbeachprelude.com.

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