6th ANNUAL LATIN@FEST TO CELEBRATE THE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF THE ATHENS LATINO COMMUNITY
Family-Friendly Event Features Live Music, Folkloric Dance Performances,
Authentic Food, Chess Tournament and More
On Saturday, October 22, 2016, the Athens community is invited to be part of the 6th annual Latin@Fest. Designed specifically to celebrate and share the “latinidad” (loosely translated as “heritage” from Spanish) of the 13,000+ Latinos residing in town, the event is free and open to the entire family. It will take place at Creature Comforts on 271 W. Hancock Avenue in downtown Athens from 1-6 p.m.
Latin@Fest, written with the “@” sign to signal inclusivity of all genders in the community, will be held at the tail-end of Hispanic Heritage Month which recognizes the positive contributions of people of Hispanic/Latino descent living in the U.S. The October 22 event will include live music and dance performances, authentic food and much more. Confirmed participants and activities* include:
· Tonalli Danza Folklórica Mexicana (Mexican folkloric dancing)
· Danza Azteca del Señor San José (Aztec dance)
· Aklla Sumaq Danza (Peruvian folk dancing)
· Fusion Latin Dance
· Salsa Dance Collective
· Athens Tango Project
· Incatepec (music inspired by the sounds from the Andean region)
· Mani (boleros singer)
· Life the Griot
· Anita Guevara (poet)
· Maculelê (Afro-Brazilian Capoeira martial arts)
· Canopy Studio
· Chess tournament presented by Chess & Community
· Community Support Group for Families Affected by Detention/Deportation
· Athens Latino Center for Education & Services (ALCES)
Authentic food and non-alcoholic drinks, such as tamales, tacos and aguas frescas, will be available to guests for a suggested donation. Additionally, the organizations Dignidad Inmigrante en Athens and the Athens Immigrants’ Rights Coalition will recognize the work of individuals who support the local Latino community. Honorees include local artist Stanley Bermudez, who is nominated for the “Latino-American Cultural Ambassador”; humanitarian Ray McNair (posthumous); and donors that have supported the Community Support Group for Families Affected by Detention and Deportation. A percentage of the donations received during Latin@Fest will be donated to the latter organization.
“The Athens Latino community is culturally rich and diverse, and has an incredibly positive social and economic impact on the larger community. Every year, we curate the performances of Latin@Fest not only to celebrate our latinidad, but also to share a little bit of our heritage with our Athens neighbors,” said Beto Mendoza, producer of Latin@Fest.
Latin@Fest is produced by the Dignidad Inmigrante en Athens organization. Sponsors include several local businesses including Creature Comforts, Taqueria La Parrilla, Big Family Café, Los Reyes, Tlaloc, The National, home.made, The Old Pal, Pulaski Heights BBQ, Camino Real, La Pasadita, La Jalisco, Los Amigos, Dyana’s Gift and Decoration, and others.
For more information about Latin@Fest, contact the organizers via firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Performers and participants subject to change
Latin@Fest is an annual event curated to give witness to and celebrate the cultural contributions of the immigrant community in the greater Athens area. For more information, contact the organizers via email@example.com.