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Lineup for inaugural Et Cultura festival announced

The Hip Abduction, seen here in 2014, will perform at the Et Cultura festival in St. Petersburg. Luis Santana | Times

St. Petersburg's Et Cultura festival dropped its inaugural lineup Friday, reflecting a purpose of showcasing the local arts community.

Et Cultura, slated for Nov. 16-20, is compared by organizers to the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Tex., with live musical performances, independent films, interactive events, workshops and pop-up art exhibits.

"Right now, St. Pete is primed for a cultural renaissance of sorts," Et Cultura project manager Nikki Devereux said. "There's so much activity in arts and music that this seems like a perfect time to come together."

Tickets are $25 for access to all five days of activities. A schedule of events and venues will be announced at a later date.

"Now that the lineup is announced, we'll start working on that soon," Devereaux said.

The diverse list of musical acts includes Dan Orlando; Kendra; the Hip Abduction; Future Thieves; Professor Toon; Tides of Man; Hot Jam Factory; Luxury Mane; The Jackettes; Ask for Tiger; DEA and Saint; and Gat & Chris.

On the cinema side, auteurs and works at Et Cultura will include Phil's Camino, a cancer survivor's story directed by Annie O'Neil; Orlando Cicilia's boxing short Lionheart; and The Barry and Ro Show, directed by Jordan Liebowitz.

The film lineup continues with La Tierra Del Exodo, directed by Skinner Myers; the world premiere of Drew Perlmutter's motorcycle road trip through The Florida I Never Knew; A King's Betrayal, directed by David Bornstein; and the world premiere of A Whole Brew World from St. Petersburg's Good Enough Films.

Et Cultura will also feature pop-up art shows curated by Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery, HYPE graphic designs, and Orange Box Studio.

In addition, a "Tech Immersion Room," will offer opportunities to experience artificial intelligence up close and personal; "a robot petting zoo," as Devereaux described it.

Contact Steve Persall at or (727) 893-8365. Follow @StevePersall.