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Conch Culture & the Arts

Key West exemplifies living art in its mixed textures of life and people. No wonder poets, novelists, playwrights, painters, dancers and musicians collect here like morning dew on grass.

On a fellow poet's tip, Ernest Hemingway made his way here in the 1920s. Robert Frost followed. The end of World War II brought Tennessee Williams. Here he wrote "A Streetcar Named Desire." From John Audubon to Jimmy Buffett, the theatres and galleries and bookshops of this small island have fed the heart and soul of art at its finest for close to a century.

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Theatres:

Red Barn Theatre - Originally the carriage house for Key West’s Oldest House, circa 1829, the little Red Barn seemed destined for a theatrical future. 2008 promises you another exciting season of music, drama and over-the-top comedy that the Red Barn is famous for.

Waterfront Playhouse - As Florida's longest continuously running theatre company, the Key West Players strive to enhance a history of presenting dynamic, entertaining and challenging live theatre for our diverse community of local citizens, for all of Monroe County and for our large tourist population.

Festivals:


Key West Fantasy Fest® - Key West celebrates the 29th year of Fantasy Fest® and you're invited to escape from the drab world of day-to-day duties into the world of gleeful joy shared by 70,000 masquerading merrymakers. This ten-day festival features the 2007 theme of Gnomes, Toads and White Rabbit Tea Parties™ capturing the zany capriciousness of Fantasy Fest® in all its silly splendor. Visit the Fantasy Fest Website and join in the fun!
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