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The Creative City Project

Ambitious arts project promises a new performance in downtown Orlando every day for month of October

Photo: Photo courtesy of the Creative City Project, License: N/A

Photo courtesy of the Creative City Project

Cirque du Soleil at City Hall for the Sept. 27 Creative City preview

Photo: Photo by rob bartlett, License: N/A

Photo by rob bartlett

Cirque du Soleil's Benoit Glazer and composer Keith Lay

"Really believing that giving artists a platform to perform or create in a public space helps people encounter a positive shared experience in a place," he says. "I think by creating these positive shared experiences, through art and creativity in the area, it helps shape the ethos of our city."

The Creative City Project draws on all manner of art forms, some familiar and traditional, others edgier and more subcultural. For instance, on Oct. 6, local steam-punk circus Phantasmagoria III will perform at the corner of Central Boulevard and Magnolia Avenue. The project will host a spoken-word night at the corner of Orange Avenue and Pine Street on Oct. 10. And at noon on Oct. 12, the ensemble cast of Orlando Ballet's 2012 season premiere, Vampire's Ball, will be performing the show's finale – a dance set to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" – outside the Plaza Cinema theater.

It's an ambitious endeavor, but NeSmith and Olson say they'd eventually like to take it to the next level by making it a year-round project.

"Why not be audacious and eventually have something every day?" Olson asks. "This is a creative place, we have 55 million people visit here every year, we have world-class entertainment artists – thousands of them – and what if we encouraged every artist to give one day a year to doing something in the public space? We could fill up a year."

For now, we can look forward to 28 days of free pop-up art all around town.

For more information, visit: creativecityproject.com

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