281 Front St
Key West, FL 33040
Brace yourselves—it’s that time of year again, where 50,000 costumed (or semi-costumed) revelers arrive to party hardy, Fantasy Fest style. The Key West Art & Historical Society joins in on the carousing by paying homage to the altruism of the world-renowned island festival that provides integral funds for AIDS Help with a new exhibit titled A Royal Retrospective which runs October 16 – 29, and with Royal Retrospective: A Look Back at the Kings & Queens of Fantasy Fest, a special, all-candidate AIDS Help fundraiser celebration to take place Thursday, October 19 from 6pm-8pm.
The Royal Retrospective exhibit is co-curated with Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit curator Dennis Beaver and will focus on the themes from each year’s celebration via the annual Fantasy Fest posters, digital photographs of the former Kings and Queens, the fundraising efforts on behalf of AIDS Help, and the diverse objects and images that make Key West the place to be each October. A Royal Restrospective: a Look Back at the Kings & Queens of Fantasy Fest aims to be “a reunion of sorts” says Convertito, and encourages former kings and queens to join in on the all-candidate AIDS Help fundraiser celebration featuring the exhibit, a cash bar, and appetizers.