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Florida’s cultural coast... ARTS / CULTURE with its full spectrum
of arts and entertainment is
"Number 5" on our
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5. Arts / Culture...
Considered Florida’s cultural coast, the area offers a full spectrum of arts and entertainment.

Downtown Gallery walks and a variety of fine art and music festivals provide ample opportunity to become immersed in a thriving arts community. A host of museums and art galleries dot the coastline as well as live theatre, two professional symphonies, a resident ballet company and Opera House.

Compelling alternative theater, Stand-up Comedy and independent/foreign films provide additional entertainment choices. Bring a chair or a blanket to Free outdoor concerts and movies offered at many parks and glorious waterfront settings.

For Cultural venues...
Check out: Southwest Florida Culture for detailed information

Read what an Independent Press writer said about area culture:
Clowns to culture: Sarasota has it all
by Liz Keill/Independent Press
Tuesday May 12, 2009, 10:48 AM

Over the years, Sarasota has become a mecca for the arts in Florida. The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) held its 2009 conference in this delightful city of circuses, museums, botanical gardens, innovative theater and, of course, inviting beaches.

The purpose of these regional conferences is to learn about theater around the country...what's being performed, audience response, the challenges and opportunities in a particular location.

It's rare to find a city with the population of Sarasota supporting its own Opera House, ballet and vibrant theater scene. Jay Handelman of the Sarasota Herald Tribune made sure we saw the very best that Sarasota has to offer.

With all this richness to reflect on, it's no wonder people flock to Sarasota for its stimulating mix of arts, welcoming climate, beaches, nightlife and street scene at St. Armands Circle, among many other venues to explore. Read More...

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