CalArts to host celebration of Latin American culture

California Institute of the Arts is inviting the public to a week celebrating Latin American arts and culture, scheduled for March 4 through 8.

“This is our culture, let’s share it,” said Pablo Leñero, member of the production executive committee for the Latin Arts Fest.

The second annual weeklong festival will welcome more than 80 artists and feature live performances, food and drink, a fashion show, dance, music, film, photography and art.

The event will have about 10 guest artists from Los Angeles and all around California, Leñero said.  “Most of the work we are showcasing is from people in the CalArts community, mostly students, some alumni and our faculty is doing lectures and sharing their work.”

The free event will begin with a pre-party scheduled 1:45 p.m. Sunday at the Westfield Valencia Town Center, at the Patios near Macy’s.

A Brazilian parade is set to begin the event and a salsa band performance will conclude the event, performing from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The event will give people a taste of what is going to be happening during the festival starting Monday, said Leñero, Emilia Moscoso and Paula Llerena, members of the production executive committee for the Latin Arts Fest.

The week’s events are free and located at the school’s campus at 24700 McBean Parkway.

There will be diverse art — folkloric to contemporary — from all corners of Latin America, members of the production executive committee said.

Artists from the Latin culture and artists whose works embody the Latin culture will be showcased throughout the week.

“We really believe in our mission and really want to make this happen,” Leñero said.

This event is not only for the Latin community — it is an invitation to everyone, members of the production executive committee said.

“The Latin American Arts Festival is a multidisciplinary celebration of music, art, film, dance, theater, literature and culture,” according to a Feb. 22 news release. “Our mission is to promote artistic diversity, raise intercultural and intersectional awareness, expose social issues, and challenge stereotypes about Latinxs and Latin America in our school and community.”
For more information and the full schedule of events go to  www.latinartsfest.com/2019-schedule.

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