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

2008 Sponsors

The following organizations and businesses made the 2008 Deep Carnivale festival possible:

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Ybor City Development Corporation

The Ybor City Development Corporation is a division of the City of Tampa's Economic and Urban Development Department. It facilitates the economic revitalization and general improvement of the Ybor City's Historic District.

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Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System

The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System operates a network of neighborhood libraries with open access, a community focus, responsive service hours, welcoming environments, and broad and relevant materials in a variety of formats.

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The Cuban Club

On October 10, 1899, Cuban immigrants formed a recreational society known as El Club Nacional Cubano. Three years later, the society of three hundred members changed its name to El Círculo Cubano. According to the 1902 charter, the Círculo Cubano was formed "for the mutual benefit and enjoyment of its members". In 1917, the Cuban Club opened the doors of its current neoclassic clubhouse at 2010 Avenida República de Cuba in Ybor City. Since then, the Círculo Cubano has provided a theater, grand ballroom, medical clinic, cantina, gym, and library to its members.

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The Don Vicente de Ybor Inn

In 1895, Vicente Martinez Ybor, the founder of Ybor City, constructed this remarkable building located in the heart of Ybor City's historic district. It has been transformed into Florida's premier boutique hotel, offering guests the opulent splendor of traditional Europe.

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Creative Loafing

A tradition of spirited and thoughtful journalism and indispensable entertainment information has made Creative Loafing a vital voice to readers in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. Plus, we're funny.


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 StreetDeep 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.