Branson, Missouri: For more than a year, anticipation has been building for the opening of Silver Dollar City’s newest festival, now just days from opening. The all-new Festival of Wonder opens April 6, presenting acts of curiosity and larger-than-life performances, all billed as “A Most Amazing Entertainment Experience.” From a harp that spans the entire length of a theater to precision dancing upside down, the Festival of Wonder is designed to astound with performances as unexpected as they are entertaining.
Set within Silver Dollar City’s Year of Food and Crafts, the Festival of Wonder’s new foods take an outrageous turn as well, including Curious Kabobs with shark or alligator on a stick, Fry Breads from Cajun Shrimp to Nutella S’mores, the World of Bacon with Bacon Cannoli and Chocolate Covered Bacon, plus new Bodacious Brownies and Blended Beverages. The Year of Food and Crafts celebrates the art of American fine craftsmanship with new handcrafted treasures, and presents new signature dining experiences with over 200 new specialty foods throughout the season.
Featured shows include the Earth Harp Collective, with the world’s largest playable stringed instrument. The Earth Harp has strings stretched the length of Red Gold Heritage Hall, vibrating above the heads of the audience as it plays, creating a multi-faceted music experience. The Earth Harp is just one of the show’s beyond-believable instruments from visionary instrument creator William Close, an America’s Got Talent finalist.
Another big show presents the Flamenco Kings, seven brothers who are the world’s foremost flamenco dance artists. Their performances are a stunning fusion of flamenco, tap, martial arts, street dance and acrobatics with surprising elements, including flamenco dancing upside down.
Also featured are Balancing Wonders, presenting gravity-defying performers in an extraordinary balancing show; Speed Painter Dan Dunn who takes performance art to top speed, a talent showcased on stages from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to a Super Bowl pregame show; Glass Armonica music showcasing melodic sounds from one of the world’s largest instruments made of glassware; Melodies on Air with incredible wind instruments such as 4-ft. pan flutes; and Harp & Hang Drum music featuring the unique spherical “hang” or hand drum.
The Festival of Wonder runs April 6-30 at the 1880s-style theme park in Branson, Missouri. The park presents seven additional festivals and events through December 31, 2017 and January 1, 2018.
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