2019 SUMMER EVENTS AT THE NEW WORLD CENTER / by Eric Monteiro

The New World Center, home to the New World Symphony, is a prime venue for Summer events including conferences, multi-day festivals, receptions, weddings and film premieres. This iconic Miami Beach venue, designed by Frank Gehry, offers spacious rooms and full equipment support, making it the ideal venue in Miami for high-profile events.

Here’s a brief recap of Summer 2019 events at the New World Center.

AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL

The American Black Film Festival (ABBF) kicked off this year’s festivities in the New World Center’s performance hall with the film premier of SHAFT, featuring Samuel L. Jackson.

ABFF CEO, Jeff Friday, and general manager, Nicole Friday with the cast of SHAFT & director, Tim Story

ABFF CEO, Jeff Friday, and general manager, Nicole Friday with the cast of SHAFT & director, Tim Story

The ABFF presented 4 days of screenings, competitions and conversations at the New World Center for the 3rd year in a row. The film festival is a highly anticipated event that is committed to the empowerment of black artists and to showing quality film and television content by and about people of African descent.

See You Yesterday  Producer Spike Lee and Writer/Director Stefon Bristol with Jeff Friday

See You Yesterday Producer Spike Lee and Writer/Director Stefon Bristol with Jeff Friday

The ABFF has been an important platform for emerging black artists, showcasing their early work and featuring the talents of many successful producers, writers, comedians, directors and actors.

Conversation in the Performance Hall featuring  Snowfall  Spotlight Screening

Conversation in the Performance Hall featuring Snowfall Spotlight Screening

Panelists: Connie Orlando (EVP, Head of Programming of BET Networks,) La La Anthony ( Power ), Tracy Oliver ( Girls Trip ) and Iyanla Vanzant ( Iyanla: Fix My Life )

Panelists: Connie Orlando (EVP, Head of Programming of BET Networks,) La La Anthony (Power), Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip) and Iyanla Vanzant (Iyanla: Fix My Life)

COUNCIL ON FOUNDATIONS 70th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Celebrations in Soundscape Park

Celebrations in Soundscape Park

This important milestone celebration was an event to remember! Live entertainment in Soundscape Park immersed guests in a tropical atmosphere, while a Champagne wall and fine dining were the main attraction inside the venue.

Video mapping and accent lighting in Atrium lobby

Video mapping and accent lighting in Atrium lobby

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF MIAMI, CLASS OF 2019 GRADUATION

Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami held their annual graduation ceremony and reception at the new World center for the second year in a row. Miami Beach Mayor, Dan Gelber, and former Miami Heat forward, Shane Battier, were among the VIP guests who gathered to celebrate the success of 150 hard working graduates. Over $1 million in scholarships were awarded.

2019 graduates are congratulated by Gale S. Nelson, President & CEO of BBBS Miami

2019 graduates are congratulated by Gale S. Nelson, President & CEO of BBBS Miami

2019 graduates with Shane Battier

2019 graduates with Shane Battier

Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami, Class of 2019, Graduation Ceremony in the Performance Hall

Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami, Class of 2019, Graduation Ceremony in the Performance Hall

SOCIAL AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE SOCIETY CONFERENCE

This meeting of great minds took place over 3 days at the New World Center. Over 500 scholars committed to the research and investigation of the neural basis of social and affective processes gathered for thought-provoking symposiums in the performance hall and daily presentations in the SunTrust Pavilion and Atrium. A keynote address was delivered by renowned primatologist, Frans de Waal.

Conference organizers Dr. Aaron Heller and Dr. Lucina Uddin welcome attendees to the conference

Conference organizers Dr. Aaron Heller and Dr. Lucina Uddin welcome attendees to the conference

The SunTrust Pavilion houses the Research poster presentations

The SunTrust Pavilion houses the Research poster presentations

POETRY FOUNDATION - MIAMI SUMMER POETRY TEACHERS INSTITUTE

Academic preparation for the upcoming school year for some of Miami Dade’s teachers included this 5 day event that included seminars and workshops with renowned contemporary poets. Poets and expert teachers discussed poetry lesson plans for the 2019/2020 language arts curriculum.

Miami-Dade County school teachers are welcomed to the New World Center by Howard Herring, President and CEO of NWS.

Miami-Dade County school teachers are welcomed to the New World Center by Howard Herring, President and CEO of NWS.

The Institute’s project fair is a great opportunity for Miami-Dade County school teachers to learn from each other.

The Institute’s project fair is a great opportunity for Miami-Dade County school teachers to learn from each other.

The Donor Lounge hosts Poetry readings by Roy G. Guzmán.

The Donor Lounge hosts Poetry readings by Roy G. Guzmán.

A SPECTACULAR WEDDING

John & Bradley’s incredibly beautiful ceremony in The New World Center’s Performance Hall made use of some of the venue’s unique features, including its ability to easily change configuration, the exceptional acoustics, and the multimedia and technical capabilities. Click here for a blog post featuring this wedding.