Coming to Miami Beach February 1st through 5th, I Dream a World: The Harlem Renaissance and Beyond, is a multi-disciplinary, multi-tiered festival that celebrates the history and influence of the cultural movement. Hosted by New World Symphony and Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas, the festival will consist of orchestral music, talks, recitals, poetry readings, a curated art exhibition, film screening and more.

Mostly associated with 1920s Harlem, the Renaissance extended well beyond New York and into other major US cities and even to expatriate communities in Europe. The Harlem Renaissance had a heavy hand in establishing the authority of Black artists over the representation of Black culture and experience and serves as an essential foundation for contemporary Black art. The I Dream a World festival hopes to harness and celebrate the fullness of this history.

Some highlights of the festival will be single-day in-school intensive workshops to local students by O, Miami, the exhibition Interludes of Harlem: Poetic Illustrations of Langston Hughes featuring Jacob Lawrence curated by Christopher Norwood, Noir Reverberations: A Night of the Music and Poetry of the Harlem Renaissance and Beyond, concert A Handful of Keys: A Retrospective of American Keyboard Music, Inside the Music: Echoes of the Harlem Renaissance, a screening of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom presented by the American Black Film Festival, and the SoundScape Park WALLCAST of Victory Stride: The Orchestral Legacy of the Harlem Renaissance.

What: I Dream a World: The Harlem Renaissance and Beyond

Where: New World Center, 500 17th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

When: February 1 -5, 2022

How: Tickets here

Featuring: Artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas, musicologist Dr. Tammy Kernodle, poet Kevin Young, conductor Thomas Wilkins, soprano Michelle Bradley, pianist Michelle Cann, curator Christopher Norwood, Ambassador Chorale of Florida Memorial University Dr. Argarita Johnson-Palavicini, author Nathanial Cadle, professor Shawn Anthony Christian, poet P. Scott Cunningham, and pianist and lecturer Dr. Samantha Ege.

All photos courtesy of New World Symphony