June 2008 – The Venice Carnevale Is Coming, June 7

The sixth Venice Carnevale! will be held Saturday, June 7,  at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd. from Noon – 9PM. Costumes are encouraged in the tradition of the famed Carnevale in Venice Italy, the inspiration of this colorful festival. Admission is free

Our Carnevale, produced by the Venice Artists Forum in association with the Venice Chamber of Commerce and sponsored in part by the city of  Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, will feature an all-day lineup of live entertainment from the local area and will conclude with its traditional fiery finale.

“We are very excited to be moving our festival to the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, located in the old City Hall. There could not be a more appropriate historical location,” Jauchem said. “It will be an added treat that the old jail next door which houses SPARC (Social & Public Art Resource Center) also will be open for the festival that day.”

“We have some of our usual, fantastic performers” said Miriam More, Co-Producer, “and some fabulous new talent.”  Featured groups will include the Venice Drum Circle, Street Smarts, Kathy Leonardo, Wadada, Hillel “Mr. Balloonman,” and many other performances ranging from Baraka bellydancing to Italian opera, ending with a  pyrotechnic bang furnished by DMT and the Phoenix Group fire dancers!”

Co-Producer Brady Walker, the other who has been handling relations with the city,  praised Councilmember Bill Rosendahl’s office, “His staff has been extremely helpful in working out the details for use of this city facility.  We could not have staged the Carnevale without their help.”

The festival will include a variety of performances on the main stage, plus arts and crafts vendors, food service, the Masquerade Bar and Lounge with DJ Fatfinger from Project Alma, and guest DJs all day.  Parking is available in public lots on the east side, behind the Pacific Resident Theater.  

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