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Culture Shock Miami Launches its 14th Season of Affordable Arts Programming

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After another record-setting year in ticket sales, Culture Shock Miami Presents is proud to announce its 2018-2019 season, which includes an eclectic range of theatrical performances available for $5 to teens and young adults ages 13 to 22

Launched in 2004, Culture Shock Miami provides a showcase of cultural destinations to teenagers and young adults by offering access at an affordable price point. The program also allows participants to purchase a second ticket for $5 for a person of any age. Tickets are available through

Culture Shock Miami, the young audience development program of Miami-Dade County’s Department of Cultural Affairs, is designed to support the next generation of audience members by providing affordable access to live arts and cultural experiences at the age when they are beginning to make their own decisions about entertainment options. As participants access these cultural experiences through Culture Shock Miami, they are likely to view the arts as a primary entertainment option.

Culture Shock Miami Presents’ 2018-2019 season will include three unique and riveting performances: Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom, Mayumana: Currents, and In To America. These selections are contemporary and engaging, while showcasing historical issues that are still relevant today. In addition to evening performances for the general public, free daytime performances will be available to middle and high school students in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Cultural Passport program.

Additionally, this season Culture Shock Miami will sponsor dance performances by Dimensions Dance Theater of Miami, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Farruquito, Ballet Hispánico; theatrical productions of Rent, Legally Blonde, Martha Redbone’s Bone Hill; and Zoppé, an Italian Family Circus with South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center.

Culture Shock Miami will also partner with the Department of Cultural Affairs’ All Kids Included initiative to sponsor a performance by international break dance crew ILL-ABILITIES as well as the annual All Kids Included Family Arts Festival.

Culture Shock Miami Presents 2018-2019 Season

  • Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom (Oct. 6, 2018) tells the true story of Lynda Blackmon Lowery, one of the youngest participants in the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965, who was jailed nine times before her fifteenth birthday. Lowery fought alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. for the right to vote. Presented by Culture Shock Miami at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Tickets on sale August 14.
  • Mayumana - Currents (Feb. 15, 2019) is inspired by the historical battle between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla in their quest for finding energy sources for the world. It combines a variety of elements: specially made musical instruments, massive video art projections including video mapping on the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, and eleven skilled performers playing on different instruments in constant movement. Presented by Culture Shock Miami at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Tickets on sale September 4.
  • Into America (May 10, 2019) traces the American immigrant experience through the stories of ordinary men, women and children who departed their homelands in the hopes of creating a new life. It is the extraordinary story 400 years in the making that transcends time, space and race to reflect the diversity and commonalities of our shared American experience. Presented by Culture Shock Miami at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium. Tickets on sale September 4.

Tickets to these performances for 13-22 year olds plus one guest are available at Regular priced tickets may be purchased through the venues.

In addition to its Culture Shock Miami Presents series, the program also offers tickets to a wide range of cultural experiences at local museums, attractions, and performing arts centers throughout Miami-Dade County.

More than 100,000 tickets have been sold through Culture Shock Miami since launching in 2004. These tickets have been provided by over 100 institutions throughout Miami-Dade County including: Actors’ Playhouse, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Florida Grand Opera, Florida International University, FUNDarte, GableStage, Lowe Art Museum, Miami City Ballet, Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Miami Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and ZooMiami.

It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any accommodation to participate in Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs sponsored programs or meetings, please contact Francine Andersen 305-375-4634 /, five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).


Culture Shock Miami, the young audience development program of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, is designed to introduce the next generation of audience members to live arts and cultural experiences at the age when they are beginning to make their own entertainment decisions. Based on research that shows most people begin their appreciation for the arts at a young age, Culture Shock Miami is founded on the premise that when teens and young adults make the arts a regular entertainment choice, they are more likely to become full-price ticket buyers and subscribers in the future. Through its website,, the program offers teens and young adults (ages 13-22), $5 tickets to top music, theatre, and dance performances, as well as admission to museums, landmarks, and cultural destinations in and around Miami-Dade County. With the purchase of one $5 ticket for a 13-22 year old, a second $5 ticket can be purchased for someone of any age to accompany them. Culture Shock Miami Presents has been recognized with a 2018 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). For more information about this exciting program, call 305-375-1949 or contact Christina Tassy-Beauvoir at or Mary-Margaret Dale at


The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County’s more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning. The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council.


All Kids Included promotes inclusive arts and cultural programs in school settings and throughout the community, enabling kids of all abilities and their families to participate fully in the arts.  All Kids Included continually raises the bar with excellence in programming that demonstrates and promotes the benefit and importance of inclusionary arts and cultural programs for children and youth.  The All Kids Included Family Arts Festival is presented by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs as part of its “All Kids Included - Accessible Arts Experiences for Kids” (AKI) program, made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and in part through grant funding provided by The Children’s Trust. The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County. For more information about AKI and its programs, visit

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