Art Basel Miami Beach is an annual contemporary art exhibition held in Miami, Florida each December and is a sister event to Art Basel in Switzerland. The Miami exhibition has been held annually since 2002 along with adjoining fairs and associated events. Some of the events for the festival are held in art galleries in the Miami neighborhoods of Wynwood and the Miami Design District. Events in Downtown Miami are held in coordination with the Miami Art Museum and downtown area associations at Bicentennial Park and Bayfront Park, as well as at downtown theaters such as the Gusman Theater. The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA) holds the official MOCA/ Art Basel Miami Beach Kickoff Party each year. Most art galleries and studios in the area host public events in correlation with exhibitions that showcase the work of local Miami artists. Many local galleries and artists also have special events and exhibitions before and after the official festival dates, to take advantage of the influx of art patrons to the community. These factors have increased the popularity of the Miami exhibition to the international art community.
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