A continuously updated blogpost on the five-day multidisciplinary juggernaut.
The scope of downtown St. Petersburg’s Et Cultura festival is undeniably admirable.
Spanning from today through Sunday,æthe multidisciplinary event goes way beyond its impressive slate of national headliners like Cloud Nothings,æ Slowdive, Waxahatchee and Talib Kweli.
Not just a music festival aiming for tourist dollars, Et Cultura has something bigger and more idealistic in mind — it offers educational and networking opportunities that may help attendees make their lives a little better and the community to be more sustainable and vibrant.
With everything from farm-to-table workshops to gardening to community-building workshops to environmentally focused art to those national bands we’re utterly stoked to see play Jannus Live, Et Cultura, even bigger and better in its second year, should definitely put the Burg on the map as a destination. Think Bumbershoot in Seattle or SXSW in Austin, Et Cultura is planting the seeds for something major in Pinellas County.
There’s even a film component. “We have more than 31 filmmakers attending and working with getting the local college filmmakers to the events,” Lea Umberger, the event’s social media and brand director. She recommendsæThe Key to Dali. “We have the producer, the subject of the film and a Dali,” she adds.
Saturday at 2 p.m., you can catch a skateboard and BMX demo on Baum Avenue.
Says media manager Lea Umberger, “Et Cultura hopes to contribute to St. Petersburg’s identity, create dialogue and offers learning opportunities for people who live in St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay at large.”
Here’s a look at some of upcoming Et Cultura highlights (see complete schedule at bottom of page):
Locally Sourced, 1-11 p.m., Morean Center for Clay
The environmental art show features works created by and featuring local artists centered on social causes related to the environment, manäó»s relationship to nature or made from recycled or sustainable materials. View sculpture, installations, and even music instruments created from discarded electronics and other repurposed materials.
Artists featured includeææKristi Capone,æLauren Lance, Nick Reale, Teresa Mandala,æMark Mitchell, UHlectronic,æJulie Angerosa,æNikki Devereux,æJennifer Kosharek,æAliyah McGowan,æBrandy Stark, Sarah Martin,æBella Pozo, D. Yael Kelley, Devin Rachles,æBrandy Heinrich,æBrook Lyn,æAdam Northrop, Aurailieus,æJenipher Chandley,æJohn Jairo Suarez, ZuluPainter,æJason Bromley,æJames Oleson,æVan der Luc, Freddy Fred and Kimberly Divito.
8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.,æMorean Center for Clay
Listen to and participate in talks about urban agriculture, renewable energy and sustainability.
Breathe, stretch and decompress from the hectic week with instructoræKatelyn Gradyæand live music by Mark Etheringtonæon Saturday. On Sunday,æLindsay Dixon Yogaæteaches with Billy Mays IIIæplaying his ingenious soundscapes.
Sat. and Sun., Nov. 17-18, noon-6 p.m.
Jean Ebb, Have Gun Will Travel and Loose Talk
Sunday (2-5 p.m.): Acho Brother, Soapbox Soliloquy and Mountain Holler
All on Baum Avenue by Green Bench Brewing
Nov. 18, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Hyatt Place St. Petersburg/Downtown
25 Second St. N., St. Petersburg
Hear innovative ideas and discussions on K-12 education issues. Keynote speakeræGeoffrey Canada, founder ofæHarlem Children’s Zone,æwill share his message on holistic community engagement and partnerships at 12:45 p.m. Networking sessions and expo provideæopportunities to connect with educational leaders locally and beyond.
Et Cultura Film Festival is one of the four ranches that make upæEt Cultura St Pete 2017æhosted withæAMC Independentæat theæSundial St. PeteAMC Theatres. Films will be included in the 5-day eventæ pass ($75)æ pass for the festival. Single show passes will be available day of the film, if the event is not sold out.
Ambient music through the ages is the theme of this show. All three acts create atmospheric music with intriguing textures and masterful ebb and flow, and varying moods. Together, they also span six decades. Opener Silver Apples formed in 1967 as an electronic rock duo. Drummer Dan Taylor performed with electronics guru Simeon, aka “The Simeon,” akaææSimeon Oliver Coxe III, who cobbled together a homemade synthesizer with 12 oscillators, sound filters, telegraph keys, radio parts, lab gear and secondhand electronic junk. The duo quickly gained a reputation as an underground New York sensation. Taylor passed away, but 79-year-old Simeon has picked up the act again and has been touring worldwide since 1996. We’re truly fortunate to get this living legend. Infinite Third is Billy Mays III, one of St. Pete’s most imaginative yet connected musicians. The son of the late infomercial celebrity by the same first and last name, Mays released his groundbreaking album Channel(s) late summer. It’s his first with live drums and has soaring and gentle guitar sounds with all sorts of sonic ephemera. The album, available on vinyl, has several 3-4-minute song and three extended tracks. Bands have also been trailblazers in electronic music, and no finer example is Slowdive (pictured right), from Reading, England. The band, influenced by the moodiness of Pink Floyd and crunchiness of Jesus & Mary Chain, formed in 1989, and gained a rabid following with their lush wall of sound. Slowdive dipped off the radar after 1995 but have made a comeback in recent years thanks to the popularity of today’s indie rockers that bear their influence — to name a few, XX, Deerhunter, Grizzly Bear.
Doors open at 7 p.m.
East Coast rapper Talib Kweliæ(left) delivers passion, intellect and flow, appealing to music loves of all types. Born Talib Kweli Greene, the Brooklyn-born performer has acquired a respected reputation for his lyrical prowess and social consciousness, as well as his outspoken political stances. Past collaborations include the act Black Staræwith Mos Def and producer Hi-Tek for Reflection Eternal, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Just Blaze and J Dilla,æIn 2011, he founded Javotti Media, äóìa platform for independent thinkers and doers.” Check out his latest team-up with Anderson.Paak, “Traveling Light.”æ Orlando-based Sh-Booms sound like their name, a shimmying, soulful, raspy, bluesy band with a badass female lead and formidable horn section. An exhilarating live experience.
Sun., Nov. 19, Morean Arts Center
Carouselæis a St. Pete-based series that illuminates the art of storytelling through professional photography. The next installmentæhighlightsæa 24-hour community photography project that documents people and places all throughout the Tampa Bay region.
Ringside Cafe, Nov. 17, 10-11 p.m.