Miami Beach aerial viewTens of thousands of cultural enthusiasts will descend upon the vibrant streets and sands of Miami Beach for a unique all-night experience during Sleepless Night, taking place November 5 – 6, 2011. This year, the festival has set its sights higher than ever, pairing remarkable quality and incredible variety by presenting an eclectic mix of more than 150 local and international artists ranging from trapeze artists, symphonies, theater and dance groups, music concerts, architectural tours, museum exhibitions, and much more at various sites across Miami Beach.

Modeled after Nuit Blanche in Paris and Montréal’s All-Nighter, the first edition of Sleepless Night in 2007 was an astounding success with rave reviews from locals and art aficionados, alike, and the second edition in 2009 drew more than 130,000 people. The City of Miami Beach provides convenient, complimentary shuttle buses between the venues for the entire duration of Sleepless Night.

The events, all of which are free, make a full range of cultural performances and venues accessible to every age and interest. The 13-hour marathon culminates with a grand finale breakfast concert on the beach.

Highlighted artists, performances and venues include:

New World Symphony – three free concerts, which will also be simulcast on a 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall for attendees to enjoy at its new Frank Gehry-designed home.
Project Bandaloop – the East Coast premiere of its latest multimedia aerial dance creation “IdEgo,” with live music by Dana Leong

Sarruga – Barcelona’s favorite troupe presents the U.S. premiere of its street spectacle FISHES

MarchFourth Marching Band – great music and wild antics from this Portland Oregon sensation. Nicole Henry, Will Calhoun, Victor Bailey, David Gilmore and other jazz greats

The Dream Engine – UK trapeze artist presents an outdoor “Heliosphere” performance beneath a giant helium ball

Livio Tragtenberg – the Brazilian composer presents the U.S. premiere of his interactive “The Cabinet of Dr. Strange”

Tim Miller – the Florida premiere of his acclaimed performance piece “Lay of the Land”

More than 100 theater groups, concerts in a variety of genres, museum and gallery exhibits, walking tours discovering Miami architecture, comedians, and much more. For additional event information, visit Become a Facebook fan at or follow on Twitter @mbinsomniac.


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