Dr. Phillips Center Front Yard Festival Reignites Central Florida’s Local Arts Scene and Brings Live Entertainment to Downtown
Dr. Phillips Center Front Yard Festival Reignites Central Florida’s Local Arts Scene and Brings Live Entertainment to Downtown- Dr. Phillips Center is planning a six-month, live entertainment event designed to reignite Central Florida’s local arts scene and bring people back together in a safe, engaging environment.
Plans call for transforming the arts center’s three front parcels, including the Seneff Arts Plaza, into the region’s most unique, dedicated outdoor entertainment venue that will showcase a diverse mix of music, comedy, films, health and wellness programs, and local community arts performances.
The arts center hopes to launch the festival sometime in December and eventually offer programming seven days a week.
“COVID-19 has created significant challenges for performing arts centers and stages around the world,” said Dr. Phillips Center President and CEO Kathy Ramsberger. “To keep our mission moving forward, our team has come up with a unique way for guests to re-connect and re-engage with one another and enjoy live entertainment and culture again. This big idea is gaining fantastic support by sponsors, partners and artists.”
In addition to live entertainment plus health and wellness programs, several local restaurants and popular food trucks will be on site each day, offering seasonal menus, beer, wine and cocktails for purchase.
Many performances will be ticketed, allowing artists and arts groups to generate some much-needed revenue, and there are plans to offer daytime programs showcasing professional musicians at no cost.
“More than anything, we’re excited to produce a platform that will reunite artists and wellness instructors with live audiences,” Ramsberger said.
Dr. Phillips Cent0er
Beginning December 2020
Health & Safety First
To keep guests properly distanced from one another, the arts center is building 380 elevated seating “pods” inspired by a similar outdoor venue created at the Virgin Money Unity Arena in Newcastle, UK.
Each 5’ x 7’ pod, which can seat up to five guests, will be built using metal scaffolding materials with six feet of space between each pod.
Additional health and safety protocols—developed with guidance from federal, state and local health authorities and the arts center’s partner, AdventHealth—follow:
- Masks will be required:
- at all times by all event staff
- for all artists and their team members, unless they are actively performing on stage
- for all guests, unless they are seated in their pods and actively eating or drinking
- Touchless temperature and bag checks will be performed prior to entry. Any guest with a temperature of 100.4 or more (CDC guidance), or exhibiting physical symptoms, will not be permitted to enter.
- Food will be available for pre-purchase when guests buy their tickets online. Once on-site, guests can use a food-ordering app and have their food delivered directly to their pod. Both pre-order options are expected to keep walk-up ordering (and potential crowding) to a minimum.
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