Deep Carnivale 2010 – September 11-12, 2010 – Mark your calendars now!

Deep Carnivale 2009

10am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday,
Sept. 12-13, 2009
The Performing Arts Building
Hillsborough Community College, Ybor Campus Tampa Florida
Readings by authors and poets, songs sung by songwriters, child-friendly performances, games, activites, food and non-alcoholic beverages
Children and families, teens, adults and tribal elders
Free and open to the public
More Information
Contact Festival Director David Audet at or 813-253-7000 x5179

Laura and Victor Burge

Laura and Victor Burge
Victor and Laura Burge

Victor Burge and Laura Aven Burge are a husband and wife team who perform under the band name AvenSound. They are based in the Tampa Bay area and often travel to promote Laura's novel series, "Singing River Story".

Laura Aven Burge is a singer / songwriter / author / musician who loves to create and discuss the spirit world and time travel. Laura has written a two-volume novel titled "Singing River Story" Books 1 and 2, and recently released "Singing River Story", Book 3, "The Journey Continues".

Accompanying the books are music soundtracks written by both Laura and Victor. The soundtracks contain original songs and instrumental scores that pertain to Laura's books.

Victor Burge is a graduate of Eckerd College and works long hours in their home studio on their many different projects.

After meeting fifteen years ago to play music at a concert for local youth, they quickly became inseparable. The couple has since devoted all of their spare time to introducing the world to their own special brand of music and literature.

You can learn more about Laura and Victor Burge, and hear some audio tracks of their music, by visiting their Myspace page.


Intelligence Respected

Editor David Warner of Creative Loafing said some kind and encouraging words on page 26 of the August 26, 2009, issue. Partial quote, "At a moment when ignorance is being aggressively defended, Deep Carnivale still respects our intelligence. Imagine that."

A Different Sort of Ybor Celebration

Esther Martinez, in a story at The Florida Book Review" says she knows "Deep Carnivale will be 'A Celebration of Words' and not a Bourbon Street bacchanal."

"But logophile that I am, I reason I'll get drunk on language. With over 70 writers and artists scheduled [for the 2008 Carnivale] to perform or read from their works, my beaded necklaces will be strung with verse. I imagine haiku shooters..."

"It is just before 10am when I arrive at the corner of Palm Avenue and 14th StreetóDeep Carnivale ground zero. About a dozen vendor tables are lined up around the Hillsborough Community College courtyard where a band of teenagers [Next Exit] are setting up their instruments.

"The vendor tables sell books by local writers, HCC publications and baked goods. I grab a Cuban favorite, papa rellena, a potato stuffed with savory ground beef. Belly satisfied, I cross the street and enter the historic Circulo Cubano. A nearly 100 year old neo-classical building of ionic columns and marble staircases, it served as the Cuban Social Club and remains the oldest building of its kind in the country."

Comments From Our Fans

"When I look back over 2008, my visit to the second edition of Deep Carnivale was a highlight. You and your staff did a great job and I loved being part of it, again. I am sure there will be bigger festivals to come. But maybe not better!!!"
Darrell House, children's book author and 2008 Deep Carnivale presenter.