By Caroline Fontein
The start of June means it’s time for Carnevale at the Venetian and Palazzo. The three-month festival runs through Sept. 9 and features classic Italian festivities focused on art, music, live entertainment, food and wine.
There are three stages of Carnevale starting with art in June followed by music in July and food and wine in August. Guests can enjoy live art demonstrations and other displays June 4 – 30 starting at The Palazzo Waterfall and Atrium & Gardens. From there the art walk continues to participating stores in The Grand Canal Shoppes and The Shoppes at the Palazzo.
The live art demonstrations take place from 1 – 6 p.m. on a stage set up in The Palazzo Waterfall and Atrium & Gardens. Some of the artwork is available for purchase.
Live Art Demonstrations
June 7 – 10: Master craftsman Dr. Robert Shield demonstrates his incredible glass blowing techniques. Shield has produced glass creations for members of the British royal family.
June 11 – 17: 3D artist Melanie Stimmel creates innovative and seemingly impossible 3D works of art. Before discovering her passion for 3D street painting, Strimmel was the lead technical director for “South Park.”
June 18 – 23: Thom Bumblauskas from Clay Arts Las Vegas produces beautiful ceramics live on a potter’s wheel. Bumblauskas has worked nationally as a scenic designer for film, theater and opera. His pieces have been shown and sold at art festivals and galleries throughout the western United States.
June 24 – 30: Living art installations let guests take photos with replicas of classic masterpieces including the Mona Lisa.
In addition to the demonstrations, Carnevale includes other daily festivities. At 8 p.m. on every evening through Sept. 9, Carnevale features an electric parade with courtesans, stilt walkers, jugglers and other festive performers. The parade starts at The Palazzo Theater and continues onto the Palazzo casino floor, past the Waterfall Atrium & Gardens into The Venetian casino and
the Grand Colonnade onto Doge’s Palace.
Costumed performers including stilt walkers and jugglers also perform throughout the day in the The Palazzo Waterfall and Atrium & Gardens area. There are also roaming stilt walkers covered in foliage and flowers that roam the area, providing guests with fun picture opportunities and ongoing entertainment.
The Venetian’s iconic clock tower is also being themed for the event. Each evening at 9:15, 10:15, 11:15 p.m. and 12:15 a.m. (times subject to change) the clock tower will illuminate with a five-minute 3D light show.
Every Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight adults can indulge in an evening of entertainment and specialty drinks at Carnevale Nights at Azure, the pool at the Venetian. Admission is free with day beds and cabanas available for rent. Carnevale Nights runs June 9 through Sept. 4.
Through the month of June, entertainment includes renowned dance/R&B artist CeCe Peniston and pop/R&B icon Jody Watley. Peniston has dominated the U.S. and international dance charts for more than 20 years. In the early ’90s she ruled the airwaves with her hit songs “Finally,” “We Got a Love Thang” and “Keep On Walkin'”.
A Grammy Award-winning artist and pioneer in music, video, dance and fashion, Watley is widely regarded as one of pop and R&B’s most enduring icons. She has 32 Top 10 singles in the pop, R&B and dance/electronic genres including “Real Love,” “Don’t You Want Me,” “Looking for a New Love”, “Friends” and “A Night to Remember.”
Family Friendly Fun
Family-friendly activities are offered throughout the resorts including face
painting, a roaming balloon artist and Venetian mask decorating with feathers and sequins.
Internationally acclaimed quartet, The Flying Karamazov Brothers bring their vaudeville comedy and juggling show “4 Play” to the Venetian Showroom as part of Carnevale. Their zany showcase combines juggling, comedy and plenty of wild theatrics. Their one-of-a-kind show has been features on various TV shows including “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Seinfeld,” “Ellen,” “The Tonight Show” and “Good Morning America.”
Guests can put these incredible jugglers to the test by bringing any object that weighs less than 10 pounds to the show. From there, hilarity ensues as the brothers attempt to incorporate those items into their act.
Performance times are 9 p.m on July 19 – 21 and July 26 – 28. Tickets can be purchased at The Venetian.
Stay tuned for more events as Carnevale continues throughout the summer.