This celebration of local talent features more than 80 events over the course of 17 days from May 1-17. The Romanza Festivale strives to be authentic to St. Augustine by offering a stage to several dozen local arts and cultural organizations for two weeks.
Each day features several new events that showcase a diverse display of local artists, singers, musicians, dancers, theatre, and cuisine. The continuous schedule allows visitors to visit at their convenience and see new spectacles every day, without feeling rushed. Most events take place in small venues, but the festival draws crowds ranging from 6,000-18,000 people.
This year, the festival has extended from ten days to 17, allowing for even more performances and events. The first day kicks off with several art shows and exhibitions, as well as the headlining Sposi Cantanti, a serenade from three vocally trained married couples singing of love and marriage. After making its debut last year, the Latin American Festival on Francis Field returns to celebrate the local Latin culture, with a special headlining performance by two-time Latin Grammy nominee, Celso Pina, and many local artists.
Other headlining events include performances from UK actor Tim Marriott in productions of Mengele and Shell Shock. The Romanza Festivale’s signature event, Dance Kaleidoscope, will feature a collection of local dancers, including Noise Complaint and the Ponte Vedra Ballet.
Smaller events include performances from the St. Augustine Orchestra, the North Florida Women’s Chorale, Old City Drum Corps, A Classic Theatre, First Coast Opera, the West African Drumming Circle, and many more. The festival will close with a free performance from the Astralis Chamber Ensemble.
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