This article was published on March 8th, 2018
Winter Party Festival 25 was the celebration of 25 years of fantastic events, which raise funds to support the LGBT community. This is the complete wrap-up of all the performances, DJs, and highlight moments.
Wednesday, February 28
The event kicked off on Wednesday with a reception at the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel to welcome guests and serve as the official starting point for the six action-packed days of events. Patrons were there to meet and greet and gear up for the many events on hand as part of the festivities.
Thursday, March 1
Thursday afternoon was when things really got underway with a T Dance on the property for those that were eager to put on their dancing shoes and dance to some of the hottest tracks on airwaves today. For those with VIP passes, Sixty Hotel hosted a reception at Nautilus South Beach that had movers and shakers to imbibe a bit before the weekend celebrations kicked into high gear.
And not exactly a warm-up party by any means, DJs Phil Romano and J. Warren gave patrons more than they bargained for on Thursday night at Ignite, with pumpin’ music and hot bodies gyrating until the break of dawn.
Friday, March 2
For those that wanted a wetter experience, the destination of choice was the brand new Vagabundos pool party that began Friday mid-day until six in the evening. At the Kimpton Surfcomber pool, patrons were on hand in Speedos and lots of attitude, those long hours in the gym evidently paying off in huge dividends.
ArtScape made its presence known on the first night with a brand-new chairwoman in Jennifer Maria Córdoba Alvarez and the unveiling of ‘Winter’s Rainbow’ at FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios. The collaboration honored the creation of Gilbert Baker’s iconic rainbow flag for the gay community and the event welcomed Judge Alpesh Kantilal Patel, PhD as a special guest. The exhibit featured entertainment HENESEAS for the debut and ran from March 1st to March 6th.
The Winter Party festival is no stranger to the entire city of Miami, and Club Space is one of the most noted clubs in the world for ground-breaking, legendary artists to perform for the masses. ‘Heat’ featured three artists attacking the scene, with DJ Alain Jacinsky in the main room, DJ Isaac Escalante tearing up the terrace, and DJ Pablo Lopez in the basement.
Produced in collaboration with Hilton Wolman Events, ‘Heat’ was not just a space for dancing the night away, but with celebrating diversity and connecting with the LGBT community. If that was not enough, then international DJs Alex Acosta and Oscar Velazquez invited everyone into Toy Factory to celebrate the inner child in all of us in a production produced by Masterbeat.
Saturday, March 3
If you missed the first poolside event, then the ‘Under One Sun’ pool party at the Kimpton Surfcomber was the place to be on Saturday afternoon. The poolside, cabanas, and beachfront were filled with people moving, dancing, shaking, and strutting their stuff under the hot Miami sun. After the pool party many headed over to Palace Bar for a tea dance extravaganza featuring DJ Hanna and DJ Carlos Rojas.
Winter Party Festival included events in Ft. Lauderdale at Wilton Manors for ‘Sweat’, the leather and fetish event that had all the bears, otters, and other creatures celebrating until the wee hours of the morning at Hunters Nightclub. And the best thing was DJ Ean Sugarman on the decks with free admission!
Saturday night was off-the-charts as Masterbeat transformed the James L. Knight Center into a gigantic toy factory. Imaginations ran wild as partygoers let their inner-child run free through provocative costumes and elaborate outfits, while dancing to the beats of DJs Oscar Velazquez and Alex Acosta.
Sunday, March 4
Sunday was no day of rest either, with the peak of the party at Lummus Beach where thousands came for the iconic ‘Winter Party Festival Beach Party’. This year DJs Rosabel had the energy levels up on the dance floor all afternoon, followed by an encore set accompanied by superstar DJ Grind. The party went into the early hours of the evening.
It was another night of dance debauchery courtesy of DJ Micky Friedmann and Sagi Kariv at the brand new event, Masterbeat ‘Forever Adventure’. It was a party that lived up to its mission to bring Tel Aviv to Miami for a massive event at the James L. Knight Center.
Monday, March 5
There was no typical Monday during this week of events, with ‘Verve’ making a memorable splash with DJ Eddie Elias on the decks at Heart Nightclub starting at 5am and ending at noon, this special edition was one of the highlights of the Winter Party Festival!
For the patrons that couldn’t must up enough energy for last event, ‘Action! Finale’ was just the farewell event of Winter Party Festival 25, bringing together DJs Nina Flower and Jalil Z for a wrap-up that extended the event to a full week of activities produced in collaboration with PartyLikeJoe and Luciano Presents.
Winter Party Festival 25 photos
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