Mark your calendar: The third annual Ringling International Arts Festival brings talent from across the globe

Dance features will undoubtedly be up to par with Baryshnikov’s standards, with performances from the Company Stefanie Batten Bland, Doug Elkins & Friends, Colin Dunne and Soledad Villamil Canta Tangos & Hermanos Macana.

Seeing as the Festival will take place at the Museum, it is only fitting that renowned Swiss artist, Zimoun, feature his installations and series of mechanical kinetic sculptures that combine the visual and the sonic. As usual, there will be gallery tours of the permanent and special exhibitions in the Museum’s 21 galleries and halls.

Theater buffs, be prepared to chomp at the bit—the festival will feature a reworking of Richard Burton’s 1964 production of Hamlet by The Wooster Group.

The Piano Foursome, Brooklyn Rider and Meklit Hadero will provide the soundtrack to the event, treating visitors to performances throughout the festival.

New York City's wildly imaginative, 12-member processional street band (who recently had works written for them by the incomparable David Byrne and Annie Clark of St. Vincent), Asphalt Orchestra, will play at the Opening Night Block Party. Enjoy "street fare cuisine," fireworks and an open bar amidst the Ringling Museum courtyard. Opening Night RIAF Block Party will run you $150. Stage performance tickets start at $20. During the festival, museum admission will be $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-16.

Also, festival goers will have access to exhibitions, forums and tours around stage performances. Through the RIAF 360 Degrees Experience, attendees can receive admission to the rare, aforementioned programming, as well as admission to the Museum of Art, Circus Museum and Ca'd'Zan mansion.

Now until Sept. 30, the Museum is holding a weekly giveaway sweepstakes that includes two nights' hotel lodging, a $50 gift certificate to Treviso Restaurant, two tickets to the Opening Night Block Party, six pairs of Festival Performance Tickets and two RIAF 360 Degrees Passes.

Next month, Florida will get a healthy dose of the very highest in highbrow art and culture. For three years running, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota has devoted a week to showcasing the elite in international dance, visual art, music and theater. From Oct. 11-16, the expansive museum will once again play host to the Ringling International Arts Festival.

The tour de force festival features artists, musicians, contemporary dancers and theater performers that have been handpicked by Mikhail Baryshnikov of the Baryshnikov Arts Center of New York. The Russian dancer/master choreographer/Academy Award-nominated actor has made appearances at the festival in the past and is set to attend this year.

With performances, lectures, and events taking place well into the evening, there will be no shortage of artistic stimulation throughout the six-day festivities.

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