caribe-art-w1.jpgFORT LAUDERDALE —  The vibrant energy of the islands will be on display through its various arts, food, rhythms and cultures all weekend as the Caribe Arts Fest brings the touch, smell, taste and feel of the Caribbean to the Fort Lauderdale Riverfront and Huizenga Plaza, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 28-30.

The inaugural Caribe Arts Fest is a three-day celebration of creative expressions by Caribbean artists located in South Florida and beyond. Admission is free with a suggested online donation of $10.

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Fine art, sculptures, jewelry, films, fashion, music, authentic cuisine and a headline concert will be showcased, said Michelle Mckoy, the event organizer.

“Broward is such a diverse community with lots of art and we wanted to present it in an authentic way,” Mckoy said. “Currently over 50 percent of Broward residents are from a minority group, of which 26 percent are from the Caribbean and Latin America.”

Designed to attract an array of art lovers, Caribe Arts Fest will screen films from local and international filmmakers who have a connection to the Caribbean.

The same applies to the artists whose work will be featured in a juried exhibit as well as in open tents throughout the park.

With representation from islands and countries including Venezuela, the Bahamas, Panama, Haiti, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, the  stage is set for Caribbean festivities.

“Caribe Arts Fest aims to be a special upscale affair showcasing some of the hidden treasures of the Caribbean,” said David Muir, CEO for American Arts Initiative, which is focused on creating avenues for artists to share their mediums while

developing personal and business sustainability and viability. For more information on AAI visit american or call 754-273-7166.

 “The diverse community of South Florida will surely be able to appreciate this celebration through the arts,” Muir said.