What is Gay8 (“Ocho”) Festival?
Gay8 (“Gay Ocho”) is a Hispanic/Latino hosted art, live music, fashion, dance, food and cultural street festival in Little Havana, Miami, FL.
Miami’s famed hub of everything Hispanic, Calle Ocho (8th Street) is the historic epicenter of Gay8. The festival will stretch several fun-packed, activity-filled blocks from SW13Court to SW17th Avenues. The famed “Calle Ocho” is closed and becomes a pedestrian walkway so all can peruse the day long offerings.
But if you think Gay8 is a street festival, you’re missing out! 🙂
Gay8 (“Ocho”) Festival is a platform, an opportunity to connect with parts of South Florida you never knew were there… an amazing sticky mess of fun, diversity, history, culture, passion and South Florida realness meant to engage the community in ways no one knew were possible. Look up at the screens and see factoids throughout the day that give insight and meaning to so many issues affecting our community. South Florida is jam packed with stories. Stories that help us learn about each other, who we are and where we come from. Gay Ocho provides a venue that encourages us to SHARE and as our hashtag emphasizes come #LiveYourStoryHere.
Gay8 is an invitation to all South Floridians and International Visitors to come to Little Havana for the “Fiesta” of a lifetime.
The festival features free movies at the Tower, cultural programming, a fashion show in Domino Park, dance parties, the Best Miami Sandwich Competition, on stage fashion shows, this year the festival headliner is ALBITA joined by Lena Burke, Lucy Grau, Suenalo, Nic N’Taya, Robbie Elias, DJ Abel, and many other acts and talent on our 4 different stages.
South Florida’s richest flavors will fill the air with captivating aromas as noted local restaurants compete for Gay8’s best miami sandwich curated by KIKO – QRICO!!! and his “Ñoooqueriko Sandwich Throw Down!”
Art and crafts will also be plentiful as some of South Florida’s best painters and sculptors will punctuate the festival with booths displaying distinguished, authentic Miami works of art. Walk over to CubaOcho and have owner Roberto Ramos give you one of his docent-like tours of Cuban art, take a historic tour of the area, or just spend the day people watching taking in the local scenery.
Miami Dade College’s Tower Theater, a renovated jewel on Calle Ocho and 15th Avenue will showcase films on this year’s festival community theme CUBA – amplifying the voices inside the island (check out the schedule) all day long.
Roaming performers are sprinkled throughout and the festival closes with .
Gay8 also includes related activities like the 4Ward Gala at The Biltmore Hotel on 2/10 – see link on landing page for more information.
For high-resolution photos and logo files, visit: http://tinyurl.com/Gay8-Festival-Media-Kit