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Blessed with the world’s finest whitest beaches, Sarasota’s
cosmopolitan appeal has garnered international recognition, as having an abundance of cultural achievement.
Once home to the Greatest Show on Earth, John Ringling became the catalyst for Sarasota’s notoriety as people from
around the globe flocked to join his three ring show, back in 1927.
After traveling the world, John and his wife left the city a treasure-trove of art and architectural magnificence
including their bay-front Venetian style home – the Ca d’ Zan and the internationally acclaimed Ringling Museum of Art.
In addition to a massive collection of Rubens, the Museum recently unveiled a most important structural piece...
"Skyspace" by artist James Turrell.
Every fall, the cultural season rekindles with the advent of Sarasota’s International Arts Festival. Under the direction
of Mikhail Baryshnikov and New York’s Baryshnikov Arts Center, the Ringling Museum’s tranquil 66 acre waterfront comes
alive with a full week of cutting-edge innovation… be it music, theatre, dance and the visual arts.
Also on the Ringling campus is the Asolo multi-theatre complex, home to one of the leading regional theatrical companies.
The stages provide a season of classic and modern drama that include year round performances by the Florida State
University’s graduate theatre program.
Interested in tomorrow’s virtuosos? Under the tutelage of renowned violinist, Itzhak Perlman, "Gifted" student
musicians from around the world gather in Sarasota for a two week winter residency. It’s a "FREE Holiday Gift"
to music lovers... for they are welcome to attend... all practices and performances... at the University of South
Florida’s Sarasota/Manatee Campus.
Offering seven world class productions, The Sarasota Ballet of Florida performs from September through April while the
Sarasota Orchestra and Sarasota Opera present their Winter Opera Festival with four fully staged operas from February
The downtown’s waterfront is the backdrop for Sarasota’s "Season of Sculpture" where global artists are
reviewed and invited to join a select group each fall for a six month installation.
Sarasota’s Chalk Festival is the first in the U.S. attracting International street artists to dazzle the crowds with
three dimensional illusions that pop from the pavement.
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