Miami is a city as diverse as they come. Located in south eastern Florida, it is a veritable hotchpotch of different cultural influences, making it a vibrantly interesting and exciting holiday destination. Indeed, entertainment is always high on the city’s agenda, with a wide range of annual events and fascinating attractions to entice the visitor.
Due to its varied population, which includes people from Central America, Cuba and the Caribbean; Miami offers up an eclectic mixture of sights and experiences. And depending on the area you visit, it is possible to indulge your senses in all that these colourful communities have to offer.
As a result of its many cultural influences, Miami’s music scene provides listeners with a rich and alternative selection of tunes and dances. In fact, both the conga and rumba were introduced to Miami by the Cubans, whilst people from the West Indies and the Caribbean brought with them reggae and soca, among other things. The city is also home to a huge dance and techno scene.
In recognition of its great selection of sounds, the city plays host to a number of annual music events and festivals, which are designed to celebrate the great history Miami and music have shared together.
March, for instance, is the biggest month for the city in terms of music, with the Winter Music Conference opening its doors. A celebration of electronic music, it is the biggest event of its kind in the world and was established back in 1985. The conference lasts for a week and attracts thousands of industry professionals keen to network. Although the main event is primarily open to the music experts – such as DJs and record label representatives – it also attracts thousands of clubbers who come to experience the new music on offer.
Held alongside the Winter Music Conference is the Ultra Music Festival. Attracting around 70,000 electronic music fans, it is a two-day event held at the city’s Bicentennial Park and features a number of world-class acts.
Also held in March is the Jazz in the Gardens festival. Having just entered its fourth year, it has grown exponentially and now attracts around 25,000 people. Featuring a host of top artists, including Erykah Badu and Will Downing, it is a great two-day event to attend and one that should not be missed.
Hosted in December, the Mantra International World Music Festival is another brilliant event to experience. Established in 2004, it sees famous musicians, bands and musical acts perform a selection of different music across the city. It also includes art exhibitions and music workshops that work to involve the community.