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Acts Announced for Opening Ceremony at the 2017 World Rowing Championships

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SARASOTA-BRADENTON, Fla.--- With a little more than two months to go until the 2017 World Rowing Championships at Nathan Benderson Park, the event's Local Organizing Committee has announced details about the regatta's Opening Ceremony.

At 7:00 p.m. on September 23rd, the Opening Ceremony will take place at Nathan Benderson Park. Similar to an Olympic Opening Ceremony, organizers say it will pay homage to the nearly 2,000 participating athletes and the countries they represent.

In a stunning display of local talent, the Opening Ceremony will tell the story of Florida’s Suncoast and how it became the amazing coastal and cultural community it is today. Acts include:
  • Circus Sarasota (Circus Arts Conservatory and Sailor Circus)
  • Jah Movement Reggae Band
  • Sarasota Cuban Ballet School
  • Sarasota Pops Orchestra
  • Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Show Team
  • Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

At the end of the evening, a firework display will light up the night sky. Organizers also say there will be several surprises for attending guests.

“The Opening Ceremony is something not to be missed,” said Sue Brady, the director of production for the 2017 World Rowing Championships. “Guests will experience great entertainment, featuring so many of the amazing arts groups from the Sarasota-Bradenton area. It’s going to be a magical evening that will have everyone up and dancing.”

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County has been instrumental in assisting the 2017 World Rowing Championships with securing the acts for the extravaganza.

“It’s not every day that a community gets an opportunity to have a showcase to the world,” said Jim Shirley, the executive director of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County. “The Arts and Cultural Alliance and our member organizations are very excited to take part in this historic event. The Sarasota/Bradenton area is well known as the cultural coast of Florida and we look forward to letting the world know what a great cultural gem they can experience when they visit here.”

The admission gate will open at 5:30 p.m. and the event is free. Tickets are not required.