We Welcome The World!!
Athletes from 69 countries, will be in Sarasota-Bradenton’s Nathan Benderson Park for the 2017 World Rowing Championships and this is only the second time it has been held in the United States. (The only other one was 23 years ago in Indianapolis.)
Organizers have planned a festival worthy of the occasion, with entertainment that will celebrate both the international character of the event and the wealth of local arts and entertainment that the Bradenton-Sarasota area has to offer.
Live music is one of the main attractions at most festivals, but at the World Rowing Championships, it will take a back seat to the competition. Live bands from the area will perform on the festival stage at the beginning and end of the day, but not during the races.
Because people from all over the world will be visiting the area for the event, organizers have put together an entertainment lineup with an international flavor, including companies that specialize in Irish and Ukrainian dance.
One great way to get a taste of the championships is to check out the opening ceremony on Saturday. It’s free and open to the public. Sue Brady, the director of production for the 2017 World Rowing Championships, says she has planned an “entertainment extravaganza.”
Besides just being entertaining, the ceremony will show off the area to the international audience, many of whom will likely be in the region for the first time.
The stage will be reminiscent of a three-ring circus, Brady said, with performances from groups including Sarasota’s Ski-a-Rees Water Ski show team, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, the Pops Orchestra for Bradenton and Sarasota, the Circus Arts Conservatory, and music from popular area reggae band Jah Movement.
The opening ceremony begins with a Fan Fest at 5:30 p.m., then the ceremony at 7 p.m. and ends with a fireworks display that’s scheduled to start a little after 8 p.m. Saturday.
Details: Sept. 23-Oct. 1, 851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota. One-day pass $10-$45, two-day pass $20-$80, four-day pass $40-$120, eight-day pass $80-$200. General admission on Sunday and on Sept. 27. wrch2017.com.