Wynwood Life: A Three-Day Festival Celebrating Miami and Its Artists
Street festivals can be so much more than a good romp on the sunny asphalt. At their best, they can be an homage to a shared sense of culture; a common idea within a community of strangers suddenly connected and brought face to face under the auspices of merriment outside their front doors.
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Miami is as perfect a place for a street festival as can be, with its delicious weather and hoards of half-naked, surreally beautiful people, and yet there really aren't as many major events of the like as you'd expect. There's the Coconut Grove Art Festival, and of course the Calle Ocho Festival, but what else?
Fortunately, there's a new celebration being added to the short list this year, and it's called Wynwood Life -- a festival of art, fashion, food, and music along the Western edge of Wynwood from Friday, April 25, through Sunday.
The festival will feature -- among other things -- local graffiti crews of the highest repute; Miami designers, fashion bloggers, and couture-draped models with their very own runways; and a myriad of musical acts, both foreign and domestic. The former camp will be championed by Baloji, the Congolese-Belgian artist who raps in French. His set will open the festivities.
Wynwood Life started out as a blog, a sort of catch-all website aimed at keeping people up to date with what was happening in Wynwood, what was worth getting excited about, and what an exciting place Wynwood was. Then, Tony Albelo -- the man who's more or less responsible for other major Miami events like Grovetoberfest, the Coconut Grove Seafood Festival, and various fishing tournaments in Miami -- took up the charge to bring the blog to life as a full-on street festival along NW Sixth Ave., between 22nd and 24th streets, right next to the unmistakeable "Wall of Fame."
"Twelve years ago," Albelo said, "I started running fishing tournaments, both here and in the Bahamas. Then, five years ago, I started getting really into craft beer, became a really big fan of craft beer, started drinking and consuming plenty of craft beer, and created Sprung and Grovetoberfest because of my love for that. But I've always been a fan of street art. I graduated in the '80s, and in that period, graffiti and breakdancing and that type of stuff was huge, so I've always been a fan of street art. Even though I may be a stranger to art in terms of events, I'm not a stranger to being a fan."
The events Albelo touches have become some of the most popular happenings in Miami, so the idea of having him at the helm of a multifaceted art festival in Wynwood seems a sure winner.