Carnevale Ventura brings to life
famous and infamous characters of the Italian Renaissance

(Ventura, CA) -- On February 8, 9 and 10, 2013 Downtown Ventura, known as the art city by the sea, will host a three-day festival celebrating the romantic Italian Renaissance. Featured events of Carnevale Ventura include an admission-free Renaissance faire with hundreds of costumed re-enactors participating, masquerade balls, costume contests, art exhibits, theatrical entertainment and even full-contact jousting knights.
Carnevale Ventura
Carnevale Ventura is truly an all-inclusive, city-wide event -- it will occupy the city’s historic downtown district where dozens of local restaurants and bistros will feature special Italian Renaissance cuisine and beverages. Local merchants and faire vendors will offer a variety of unique Carnevale Renaissance souvenirs, with a focus on hand-crafted items.

For centuries, pre-Lenten festivals throughout Europe featured revelers dressed in elaborate and elegant costumes replete with exotic masks. These were the times of Michelangelo, de Vinci, and Machiavelli as well as the infamous Borgia, Medici and Sforza families.

The celebration is based on these very characters and their special time in history, as exhaustively researched and exquisitely sculptured by artist George Stuart. His famous Historical Figures® include more than two dozen three-dimensional portraits of the movers and shakers of the Renaissance and Reformation.

“To assure accuracy of traditional appearance and dress, we are bringing to life many of George Stuart’s Historical Figures,” says costumer and Events Director Angel Jones. “The infamous Borgia family of Juan, Lucrezia, Cesare and their father Rodrigo (Pope Alexander VI) are the first replicated by our team of world-class Renaissance costume designers.”

Other Stuart Historical Figures of the early Renaissance being brought to life during Carnevale Ventura include Christopher Columbus, Queen Isabella, King Ferdinand, Niccoló Machiavelli, Lorenzo de Medici, and Ludovico Sforza.

The Renaissance Historical Figures are part of the Museum of Ventura County collection.

“While we encourage everyone to join in traditional 15th century dress, we also welcome the exotic costumes of modern Venetian Carnival,” Jones states.

To help revelers celebrate in costume, Carnevale Ventura is producing a Renaissance Designers’ Fashion Show and Costume Marketplace on October 7, 2012. Premiere designers from throughout the region are submitting collections for exhibition. Dozens more vendors will display costumes, masks and accessories for traditional and modern Venetian costumes for the entire family.

The Carnevale Ventura is produced by the Historical Figures Foundation, a 501(c).(3)non-profit organization dedicated to education through the art of George Stuart of Ojai, California. The Foundation maintains an extensive educational website of descriptions and images of Stuart’s about 360 Historical Figures. To learn more, visit www.galleryhistoricalfigures.com.

Sponsorships and partnerships are now available for Carnevale Ventura events. For details and prospectus, contact info@carnevaleventura.com.

For more info, visit www.carnevaleventura.org.

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