Press Release Spoken Soul Showcase returns with free immersive spoken word experience - April 8!


The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and Spoken Soul Festival


Spoken Soul Showcase VOL 14:
A Journey Through Joy

Free immersive, multidisciplinary spoken word experience spotlights multigenerational and multicultural female artists in South Florida 

Celebrating National Poetry Month

April 8, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Peacock Foundation Studio – Ziff Ballet Opera House

Miami – Feb. 25, 2022 – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) and Spoken Soul Festival are pleased to present SPOKEN SOUL SHOWCASE VOL. 14: A Journey Through Joy (@spokensoulfest), an immersive, multidisciplinary spoken word experience featuring women-centered narratives. The free event, curated and performed entirely by local female artists, will take place during National Poetry Month inside the Center’s Peacock Foundation Studio on April 8, 2022 at 7 p.m.

In its 14th year, SPOKEN SOUL SHOWCASE celebrates the four stages of happiness with carefully curated performances that combine spoken word with dance, visual arts, music, film and other artistic expressions. The performance culminates with an all-girl rock band and dance party, encouraging audience members to find their own joy.

Admission to SPOKEN SOUL SHOWCASE VOL. 14: A Journey Through Joy is free. First-Access Passes, which give guests early access to general admission seating, can be reserved for the performance beginning February 25 at 12 p.m. Reserve passes online at or by calling the Adrienne Arsht Center box office at 305- 949-6722.

SPOKEN SOUL SHOWCASE VOL. 14: A Journey Through Joy will include the following elements:

  • ANTICIPATE: A Journey to Perfection by Annette Gonzalez Silvera

A Journey to Perfection delves into a new mother’s journey to find hope after postpartum depression. The author shares her struggle with the pretense of social media in a spoken word film capturing the silhouettes and shadows created by the moon. The piece also includes a live performance of contemporary dance. 

  • SAVOR: The Spirit of Play By Amy Baez

The Spirit of Play is the storytelling of a daughter’s musician father serving as her master teacher of playfulness. It is about how his spirit has influenced and inspired her to move through life. The author uses spoken word to share her memories along with a live performance of a flutist playing along to salsa much like her self-taught father did when she was a child.

  • EXPRESS: Life is a Carnival By Omilani

Life is a Carnival is a diasporic audio and visual journey featuring live original reggaeton, samba, salsa and rock songs by the author. The piece includes spoken word and visual arts segments on film where the author expresses moments of self-doubt and the transformation to unapologetic fiery self-love. 

  • REFLECT: A Celebration Of Joy By Veronica Barrios Garcia 

A Celebration of Joy is inspired by how a song can take you back to the innocence and joy of childhood. This piece is a recorded spoken word performance about finding light in darkness and celebrating despite life’s challenges. It s with a live performance from an all-girl rock band followed by a dance party.

“After the past couple of years, 2022’s Spoken Soul Festival’s program called for a realignment and refresh of the performance we would provide to the community. It was an opportunity for us to highlight aspects of happiness and joy while highlighting our founding members. We’re excited to once again present this program at the Arsht Center, our partner since 2017, and welcome the entire community to join us as we amplify female voices from all walks of life,” says Deborah Magdalena, director of this year’s festival and founding member of the Spoken Soul Festival.

Spoken Soul’s mission is to spotlight South Florida women artists and make them household names. Its diverse and multicultural team of women produce free events and community programs to collectively and creatively cultivate civic engagement. For more information, please visit


Arsht Center Commitment to Safety

The Arsht Center remains deeply committed to the health and peace of mind of our guests, artists and staff. Based on guidance from national and local health officials, masks and proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test are required. Guests may volunteer proof of vaccination in lieu of a negative test. Learn more here. This event will be seated at full capacity. We will also maintain enhanced cleaning, sanitation and air filtration procedures. Any policy changes will be sent directly to ticketholders and updated regularly at