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Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center Celebrates Official Opening

The Koubek Center will operate as a hub of cultural activities

Olga Maria Touzet Guillot performs at the celebration.

Miami, July 11, 2013 - Miami Dade College (MDC) officially celebrated today the recent reopening of the historic Koubek Mansion and Gardens, known for decades as the site of important cultural and educational events, meetings and discussions, with a lively program. The occasion also marked the inauguration of the center’s renovated theater.

 The celebration began with Capricho, a gripping monologue written and directed by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and MDC alumnus Nilo Cruz, and was followed with a rare appearance by Olga Maria Touzet Guillot, daughter of legendary musical figures Olga Guillot and René Touzet.  The ArtSpace Gallery hosted the exhibition "Journey to the Center of the Stage," a colorful exhibit of theatrical set and costume designs by Jorge Noa and Pedro Balmaseda. Guests also enjoyed poetry readings, famous scene reenactments by MDC’s Prometeo Theatre and music.

 “It is exciting to officially once again open the doors of this historic property to the community,” said Alina Interian, executive director of MDC Cultural Affairs. “We are committed to hosting enriching events that encourage dialogue and reflect our community’s many cultures.”

 Open now for several months, the Koubek Center at MDC hosts workshops, art exhibitions, film series, theatre and music performances, literary readings, and more, many in partnership with other organizations, as well as with the consulates of the many countries represented in Miami's multicultural population.

 The Koubek Center is a part of MDCulture, the Cultural Affairs Department of the College. Comprising the Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, Tower Theater, the Center for Literature and Theatre, Koubek Center, Freedom Tower, MDC Live Arts and MDC Galleries and Museum of Art + Design, MDCulture is committed to providing everyone the opportunity to come in contact with innovative thinkers, creators and tradition bearers from around the world. With each presentation, MDCulture offers a bridge between cultures and ideas, creating new opportunities for the increasingly diverse population of Miami to come together through shared live arts experiences..

For more information , contact the Koubek Center at 305-237-7750 or visit  

For more information , contact the Koubek Center at 305-237-7750 or visit  

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