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February 2023 - Annual Cultural Issue
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“The Florida Keys: 200 Years of Paradise," a 60-minute television program that explores the culture and history of the island chain from the early 1800s to the present, is slated to debut this spring on Public Broadcasting Service channels across the United States.

The documentary was produced for broadcast during the Keys’ bicentennial year that commemorates the Florida Legislature’s establishment of Monroe County on July 3, 1823.

Unique and compelling, the program takes viewers on a journey through the 125-mile island chain’s dramatic history through the eyes of residents who live and interpret that history every day.
Meanwhile, three special events are slated in Key West that showcase aspects of the Keys’ fascinating two-century cultural heritage.

Florida Keys Lifestyle
Keys Music Keys Music

Live musical performances, concerts and music festivals provide Florida Keys visitors a well-rounded winter 2023 roster of arts and cultural events. From the Upper Keys to Key West, artists in genres ranging from classical to classic rock share their talents in a variety of distinctive indoor and outdoor venues.

Keys Theater Keys Theater

The 2023 performing arts season in the Florida Keys & Key West offers audiences lively musicals, comedies, dramas and first-class community theater. From a wacky update of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” to the atmospheric “El Isleño” that was inspired by true events, theater goers have a wealth of entertainment options this spring.

Keys Visual Arts Keys Visual Arts

The talented Florida Keys arts community comes together each year through the Connections Project to form one large mural made from hundreds of small canvases by Keys artists. This year themed to celebrate the Keys’ unique history, the mural typically features individual works in oils, watercolor, photography, collage, mixed media, quilting and more.

Keys Museums Keys Museums

The Keys History & Discovery Center in Islamorada is an off-the-beaten-path treasure trove of Florida Keys heritage, culture and art on the grounds of the Islander Resort. In February, visitors can enjoy presentations from the winter lecture series and view local artwork by members of the Art Guild of the Purple Isles.

Featured Event
Featured Event

Five private Key West gardens are to be on display for nature enthusiasts to explore Feb. 24-25 during tours presented by the Key West Garden Club. The exclusive tours give attendees a rare chance to discover examples of distinctive landscaping and plant-filled outdoor living areas central to the island’s easygoing, nature-oriented lifestyle.

Connect & Protect: Stewards of the Keys
Connect & Protect

Danilo Alayon is a fifth-generation “Conch” born and raised in Key West, an avid diver, self-taught artist and proud grandson of the designer of Key West’s renowned Southernmost Point monument. Alayon has embraced a unique form of artistry: he converts old, nicked and rusty scuba tanks into sustainable and luminously colorful works.

Featured Video
Featured Video

Discover the culture and heritage of the Florida Keys in a PBS documentary that commemorates the island chain’s bicentennial. For two centuries, the Keys have drawn pirates and presidents, artists, literary legends, shipwreck salvagers, visionaries, conservationists and everyday heroes. Learn their stories — and how they helped shape the continental United States’ southernmost paradise.

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