13th Season of Culture Shock Miami Packed with Cutting-Edge Performances and Exciting Theatrical Masterpieces

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$5 Young Audience Tickets to Arts and Cultural Experiences On Sale September 12

Following another record-setting year in tickets sales and audience participation, Culture Shock Miami Presents is proud to announce its 2017-18 season with an exciting line-up of performances available for $5 to teens and young adults ages 13 to 22.

Culture Shock Miami, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs’ audience development program, will present performances this season in partnership with Miami-Dade County Auditorium, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, and the Department’s education initiative All Kids Included Festival.

Culture Shock Miami’s 2017-18 season includes performances by rising-star vocalists, cutting-edge and action-inspired experimental dance companies, theatrical masterpieces and international drumming masters. Highlighting the season are native Miamian and singer-songwriter Yoli Mayor and award winning singer, songwriter and motivational speaker Mandy Harvey; the explosive, high energy Japanese Taiko drumming of TAO – Drum Heart; dance performances from action-inspired, experimental dance company STREB Extreme Action, England’s all-male ballet company BalletBoyz, fast-paced multimedia-infused choreography in Shadowland by Pilobolus, and New York’s own, first black classical ballet company Dance Theatre of Harlem; theatrical masterpieces beginning with Darius & Twig, based on the award-winning novel by Walter Dean Myers, new musical comedy directly from Broadway "Disaster!" A 70’s disaster Movie Musical, and the forgotten story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s sister, "The Other Mozart." Tickets will be available for sale at http://www.cultureshockmiami.com on Tuesday, September 12 at 10:00am.

Through its website, CultureShockMiami.com, the program enables teens and young adults, ages 13 to 22, to attend live performances and to visit major museums and cultural destinations at just $5 per ticket. In addition to its Culture Shock Miami Presents series, the program offers tickets to an array of performances and experiences presented by local cultural organizations and sold through CultureShockMiami.com with no added taxes, fees, or surcharges. A teen or young adult in the program’s age range (13-22) must use the first ticket purchased, but the second ticket can be used by a person of any age.

Michael Spring, Senior Advisor to the Office of the Mayor of Miami-Dade County and Director of the Department of Cultural Affairs, said “As Culture Shock Miami opens its 13th season, it continues to fulfill its mission to make arts and cultural sites accessible to teens and young adults throughout Miami-Dade County. The growth in young audience participation and continued support from partnering cultural organizations is truly remarkable. This is why the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs is unwavering in its commitment to Culture Shock Miami and its efforts to develop the next generation of audiences for the arts.”

More than 80,000 tickets have been sold through CultureShockMiami.com since its inception in 2004. These tickets have been donated by over 100 institutions throughout Miami-Dade County including Actors’ Playhouse, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Florida Grand Opera, Florida International University, GableStage, Lowe Art Museum, Miami City Ballet, Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Miami Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Perez Art Museum of Miami-Dade, Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and ZooMiami.

Throughout the season, new allotments of tickets from local cultural organizations and venues all over Miami-Dade County will be added on CultureShockMiami.com. Ticket buyers are encouraged to sign up on the website to receive the weekly newsletter, follow popular social media channels (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter), and regularly check the website to get updates on available performances and events.

CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI PRESENTS 2017-18 SEASON

Culture Shock Miami Presents
YOLI MAYOR in Concert
Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 5:00 PM
Miami-Dade County Auditorium
Yoli Mayor is a Cuban-American singer/songwriter based in Miami. The 21 year-old started singing at age two, and studied at Academy of Arts and Minds in Coconut Grove. Called a “Miami grown vocal powerhouse” Yoli’s voice is often compared to Adele, Etta James and Amy Winehouse. She cites additional influences as Ella Fitzgerald, Selena, Celia Cruz and Marc Anthony. Yoli is currently appearing on the 12th season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent earning high praise from judge Simon Cowell.

$5 tickets for ages 13-22 and one (1) companion of any age at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price tickets through Miami-Dade County Auditorium.org: $23

Culture Shock Miami and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Present
TAO - Drum Heart
Friday, March 16, 2018 at 8PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center - Main Stage
Athletic bodies and contemporary costumes meet explosive Taiko drumming! TAO’s modern, high-energy performances showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming have transfixed audiences worldwide.
$5 tickets for ages 13-22 and one (1) companion of any age at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price tickets through SMDCAC.org: $20-37.50

Culture Shock Miami and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Present
THE OTHER MOZART
By Sylvia Milo
Friday, April 13, 2018 at 8:30PM
Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 3:30PM and 8:30PM
Sunday, Saturday, April 15, 2018 at 3:30PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center - Black Box

The Other Mozart is the true, forgotten story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a prodigy keyboard virtuoso and composer who performed throughout Europe with her brother to equal acclaim, but her work and her story faded away, lost to history.

$5 tickets for ages 13-22 and one (1) companion of any age at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price tickets through SMDCAC.org: $35

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Presents
STREB Extreme Action
Sponsored by Culture Shock Miami
Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 8 PM
Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 3 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center - Main Stage

STREB super heroes perform a wild kaleidoscope of action events careening through, around, and above invented structures accompanied by high energy music and STREB’s resident DJ.
$5 tickets for ages 13-22 and one (1) companion of any age at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price tickets through SMDCAC.org: $20-$45

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Presents
DARIUS AND TWIG
Sponsored by Culture Shock Miami
Sunday, January 28, 2018, at 1 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center – Main Stage

Based on the award-winning novel by Walter Dean Myers, Darius & Twig is a street-smart, suspenseful and profound story of two young men who must overcome obstacles by finding the best within themselves. This performance is appropriate for ages 13 and up. SMDCAC Family Series Presented in part by Mercedes-Benz Of Cutler Bay

$5 tickets for ages 13-22 and one (1) companion of any age at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price tickets through SMDCAC.org: $15-$20

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Presents
BALLETBOYZ
Sponsored by Culture Shock Miami
Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 8 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center – Main Stage

Direct from England, BalletBoyz, an all-male dance company, is hailed as one of the most cheekily original and innovative forces in modern dance; described by The Times as “rowdy and intimate, clever, funny and affecting.”
$5 tickets for ages 13-22 and one (1) companion of any age at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price tickets through SMDCAC.org: $25-$45

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Presents
SHADOWLAND BY PILOBOLUS
Sponsored by Culture Shock Miami
Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 6 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center – Main Stage

Created by famed dance company Pilobolus, Shadowland combines legendary modern dance with fast-paced multimedia, merging front-of-screen choreography with projected images and moving screens to create a narrative with the fluid logic of a dream powered by the grace of an acrobatic dance, which evinces surprise and joyous delight in a way that is uniquely Pilobolus.

$5 tickets for ages 13-22 and one (1) companion of any age at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price tickets through SMDCAC.org: $32.50-$65

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Presents
DISASTER! A 70s Disaster Movie Musical
Sponsored by Culture Shock Miami
Friday, March 2, 2018 at 8 PM
Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 2 PM and 8PM
Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 2 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center – Main Stage

Disaster! performed by Slow Burn Theatre Co., is a new musical comedy straight from Broadway! It features some of the most unforgettable songs of the ‘70s including, “Knock on Wood,” “Hooked on a Feeling,” “Sky High,” “I Am Woman” and “Hot Stuff,” and is an homage to the classic disaster movies of that era.
$5 tickets for ages 13-22 and one (1) companion of any age at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price tickets through SMDCAC.org: $45-$50

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Presents
DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM
Sponsored by Culture Shock Miami
Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 8 PM
Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 3 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center – Main Stage

The first-ever black classical ballet company returns to South Florida after an almost twenty-year absence from our stages. Arthur Mitchell’s famed Dance Theatre of Harlem graces us once again with an eclectic and dynamic ballet repertoire.
Return of the Black Ballerina is a Knight Arts Challenge funded initiative.
$5 tickets for ages 13-22 and one (1) companion of any age at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price tickets through SMDCAC.org: $25-$65

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Presents
FREE 12TH ANNUAL ALL KIDS INCLUDED FESTIVAL
Featuring MANDY HARVEY
Sponsored by Culture Shock Miami
Saturday, May 5, 2017 at 12 noon and 3 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center – Main Stage    

“Celebrating Inclusion, Empathy and Choosing Kind,” is the theme of the FREE 12th Annual All Kids Included (AKI) Family Arts Festival, inspired by the book, We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio. The AKI Festival provides a full day of activities and cultural experiences for children with and without disabilities. The featured performer on the Main Stage is singer-songwriter Mandy Harvey, a remarkable artist who lost her hearing at the age of 18 and performs barefoot to feel the vibrations of her band’s music and rhythm. She is currently appearing on the 12th season of NBC’s America's Got Talent and was the recipient of judge Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer.
FREE admission; no ticket required. The annual All Kids Included Festival is presented with the support of The Children’s Trust.

ABOUT CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI

CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI, a program of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, is designed to introduce the next generation of audience members to live arts and cultural experiences at the age when they are beginning to make their own decisions about entertainment options. Based on research that shows most people begin their appreciation for the arts at a young age, Culture Shock Miami is founded on the premise that when kids make the arts a regular entertainment choice, they are more likely to become the full-price ticket buyers and subscribers of the future. Culture Shock Miami (also known as CultureShockMiami.com) offers $5 student (ages 13-22 years old) tickets to performances provided by more than 100 organizations, including top music, theatre, dance, and performing arts presenters in Miami-Dade County. With the purchase of a $5 ticket for someone between the ages of 13-22, a second $5 ticket may be purchased for an accompanying guest of any age. Tickets are on sale now through http://www.CultureShockMiami.com. In addition to performing arts, students can get $5 admission to many South Florida museums, landmarks, and cultural destinations. For more information about this exciting program, please call 305.375.1949 or contact Christina Tassy-Beauvoir at Christina.Tassy(at)miamidade.gov or Mary-Margaret Dale at Mary-Margaret.Dale(at)miamidade.gov.

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and serves its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County's art collection. The Department also manages, programs and operates the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, a campus of state-of-the-art cultural facilities in Cutler Bay, as well as Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Joseph Caleb Auditorium and the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, all dedicated to presenting and supporting excellence in the arts for the entire community. Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County’s more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning. The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council.

The All Kids Included Family Arts Festival is presented by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs as part of its “All Kids Included - Accessible Arts Experiences for Kids” (AKI) program, made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and in part through grant funding provided by The Children’s Trust. The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County.

ABOUT ALL KIDS INCLUDED
ALL KIDS INCLUDED promotes inclusive arts and cultural programs in school settings and throughout the community enabling kids of all abilities and their families to participate fully in the arts. All Kids Included continually raises the bar with excellence in programming that demonstrates and promotes the benefit and importance of inclusionary arts and cultural programs for children and youth. For more information about AKI and its programs, visit http://www.AllKidsIncludedMiami.org.

ADA / Accessibility
It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any accommodation to participate in Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs sponsored programs or meetings, please contact Francine Andersen at 305-375-4634 or via email at culture(at)miamidade.gov, at least five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

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