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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

Sharif Ahmed

Sharif Ahmed
Sharif Ahmed

Sharif Ahmed is the guitar and keyboard player and a vocalist with the Tampa band Hypnophonic.

About Hypnophonic, tbt* said: "Their sonically adventurous style is unique in Tampa Bay...[Feef, Sami, and John] specialize in proggish but tight singles and excellent harmonies, a la Muse."

Video Clip: Break Some Bones

This video of Hypnophonic was directed by Stan Arthur for the 2008 Homemade Music Symposium — another Artists and Writers Group festival. Here is Stan Arthur's description:

"[In] June, 2009, I was given the opportunity to direct, shoot and edit a music video for the Tampa, Florida, band Hypnophonic at the 2nd annual Homemade Music Symposium at Hillsborough Community College in Ybor City. This is a really outstanding and super talented young power trio. It was my priviledge to work with them.

"This original Hypnophonic song, "Break Some Bones", gave me a lot to work with image-wise. It took me many hours of trial and error to come up with the look I was going for, including HD and SD stock footage as well as a whole bunch of compositing elements.

"What I used: The camera was a JVC GY-HD110U. A homemade dolly and a DV Crane. It was mostly cut on a Dell laptop, using Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. I also used Digital Juice Compositor's Toolkit, as well as VideoTraxx HD and SD. I finished it off on a HP xw8200/Matrox RT.X2 workstation. NO MACS WERE USED :)"


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.