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July 26, 2019

2019 Summer Highlights at the New World Center

Every summer the New World Center, home of the New World Symphony, (NWC) features an array of guest events, including conferences, multi-day festivals, weddings, receptions, film premieres and more. Recognized as one of the best concert venues in Miami, the NWC provides a completely unique experience.

Here is a recap of some of our recent guests and the special experiences they created at NWC. 

American Black Film Festival  


For the third year, NWC hosted the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) for four days of screenings, talks and competitions. ABFF is an annual event dedicated to empowering black artists and showcasing quality film and television content by and about people of African descent. For more than two decades the festival has been a platform for emerging black artists, premiering their early work and showcasing the talent of many of today’s most successful actors, producers, writers, directors and stand-up comedians. The festival kicked off this year’s activities in the New World Center performance hall with the film premiere of SHAFT.

SHAFT premiere at NWC
The cast of SHAFT with Director Tim Story and ABFF CEO Jeff Friday and General Manager Nicole Friday

Spike Lee, Stefon Bristol and Jeff Friday
See You Yesterday Producer Spike Lee and Writer/Director Stefon Bristol with Jeff Friday

Snowfall screening at NWC
Snowfall Spotlight Screening and Conversation in the Performance Hall

ABFF Women Panel
Panelists: Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip), La La Anthony (Power), Iyanla Vanzant (Iyanla: Fix My Life) and Connie Orlando (EVP, Head of Programming of BET Networks)

Council on Foundations 70th Anniversary Celebration

The Council’s 70th birthday was celebrated in true Miami Beach style at the New World Center! Attendees were immersed in the tropical atmosphere and pulsing energy of South Beach. The evening featured a champagne wall, fine cuisine by Thierry Isambert Culinary and Event Design, and live entertainment in SoundScape Park

Council on Foundations anniversary at NWC
New World Center and SoundScape Park

Council on Foundations anniversary at NWC
Atrium lobby with video mapping and accent lighting on the architectural surfaces

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, Class of 2019 Graduation

For the second year, NWC welcomed 150 graduates of Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami for their annual graduation ceremony and reception. Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber and former Miami Heat forward Shane Battier were among the guests in attendance to congratulate the 2019 graduates of the youth mentorship program. Over $1 million in scholarships were awarded that evening. 

BBBS Graduation at NWC
Gale S. Nelson, President & CEO of BBBS Miami with 2019 graduates

BBBS Graduation at NWC
Shane Battier with 2019 graduates

BBBS Graduation at NWC
Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami, Class of 2019

Social Affective Neuroscience Society Conference

This three-day conference welcomed to the New World Center over 500 scholars committed to research, investigating the neural basis of social and affective processes. The conference consisted of thought-provoking symposiums in the performance hall, daily poster presentations in the SunTrust Pavilion and Atrium, and featured a keynote address by renowned primatologist Frans de Waal.

Conference at NWC
Conference organizers Dr. Aaron Heller and Dr. Lucina Uddin provide welcome remarks to attendees

Research discussion at NWC
Research poster presentations in the SunTrust Pavilion

Poetry Foundation - Miami Summer Poetry Teachers Institute

The five-day event included seminars and workshops for Miami-Dade school teachers with some of today’s most compelling poets. Participants also studied and discussed poetry with renowned poetry practitioners and expert teachers to develop lesson plans for their classrooms. 

Poetry Foundation at NWC
Howard Herring, President and CEO of NWS, welcomes Miami-Dade County school teachers to the New World Center during the Miami Summer Poetry Institute

Poetry Foundation workshop at NWC
Miami-Dade County school teachers learn from each other during the Institute’s project fair

Poetry Foundation at NWC
Poetry readings by Roy G. Guzmán in the Donor Lounge

Host your next event at the New World Center

This iconic venue, designed by Frank Gehry, features spacious rooms and full equipment support for performances, multimedia presentations, and weddings – it’s a Miami event space of unparalleled utility and flexibility. Click here to learn how you can host an event at NWC. 

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Performance Hall of NWC

Atrium of NWC

SunTrust Pavilion at NWC

Rooftop Garden at NWC

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