Plaza Cubana | PopUps for a Purpose

An experiment at creating dialogue among millennials, #RBPopUps spark imagination by converting outdoor Bradenton spaces into party venues. Funding provided by the Knight Foundation #KnightCities Challenge.

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  1. Plaza Cubana, October 16, 2015, was the first PopUp for a Purpose. PopUps for a Purpose, funded by a generous grant from the Knight Foundation, aims to activate people and places to accelerate community engagement amongst the 18-34 year old population, commonly referred to as the “Millennial” generation. This unique series of 8 pop-up style events spanning from October 2015 - May 2016 will temporarily transform outdoor spaces into places for conversations on local topics in downtown Bradenton.
  2. In the weeks leading up to Plaza Cubana, the Realize Bradenton team created a Pinterest board to help us bring the vision to life.
  3. We slowly starting turning up the heat... with a Cuban-inspired Spotify playlist. (I might be biased but it's awesome and you should definitely check it out)
  4. Spreading the word about Plaza Cubana was a fun experiment using Facebook Events, Instagram, and good-old-fashioned word of mouth! How do you like to learn about new, exciting things happening near you?
  5. Downtown Bradenton turns up the heat with a tropical rumba celebrating Cuban food, music and culture. Imagine dreamy, twinkling lights overhead, Latin rhythms, Spanish architecture, twirling on the dance floor, dominos clicking, salsa music, Cuban food, coffee and libations with old (and new!) friends… Encantador - enchanting - with a Cuban flair at the 1st of the #RBPopUps.  #KnightCities
    Downtown Bradenton turns up the heat with a tropical rumba celebrating Cuban food, music and culture. Imagine dreamy, twinkling lights overhead, Latin rhythms, Spanish architecture, twirling on the dance floor, dominos clicking, salsa music, Cuban food, coffee and libations with old (and new!) friends… Encantador - enchanting - with a Cuban flair at the 1st of the #RBPopUps. #KnightCities

  6. Fiesta time! Guests began arriving immediately, and Renesito Avich warmed up the crowd with his incredible Cuban guitar stylings as the sun set over the courtyard.
  7. ¡Vamos!  #RBPopUps #bradenton #realizebradenton #plazacubana #941love
    ¡Vamos! #RBPopUps #bradenton #realizebradenton #plazacubana #941love
  8. What a stunning transformation! The lighting effects of Patrick Bedell, lighting director for the Manatee Players, made such a remarkable difference. Even if you've attended an event in the Museum courtyard before, you've never seen it like THAT. Thanks again, Patrick!
  9. Finally uploading the pics from last nights event at @southflmuseum #RBPopUps #plazacubana #lightingdesign @realizebradenton
    Finally uploading the pics from last nights event at @southflmuseum #RBPopUps #plazacubana #lightingdesign @realizebradenton
  10. As you'll see, partygoers had a blast dancing to the hot salsa grooves by Grupo Mango, playing jenga & dominos, enjoying mojitos and Cubanitos, and even snapping pics in the photobooth!
  11. Dancing to Grupo Mango has begun...time to break out your best salsa moves! #RBPopUps #realizebradenton #bradenton #941love #plazacubana
  12. Guests grabbed fun Cuban-inspired props and joined us in the photobooth. Did you get your picture taken? Click here for the album.

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