Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Julieta Venegas headlines Latin American Festival

The 23rd Annual Latin American Festival takes place Sunday at Symphony Park in South Park. Platinum selling, Grammy winning Mexican pop star Julieta Venegas headlines this year's festival, which as always includes live music, dance, food, arts and crafts.

Other international acts include hot South American rock import Notevagustar, who call Uruguay home, Colombia's Monsieur Perine, who combine son, samba, and tango with gypsy jazz, and Ecuador's Swing Original Monks, who mix Latin and electronic music with a theatrical, costumed live show. The triangle area's Orquesta K'Che represents the region on the Rumba Stage as well. The eleven-piece ensemble's members hail from Venezuela, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the US. Its repertoire includes Latin jazz, cumbia, salsa, merengue, and bolero.

The Carnaval stage features traditional dance and live music from all over Latin America. Latin American artists will be on hand selling paintings, pottery, photography, and other original artwork.

Admission is $5 for adults. Children under 8 get in free. The festival begins at noon Sunday and runs until 8 p.m. at Symphony Park (4400 Sharon Rd.) behind South Park Mall.
Proceeds from the event benefit Latin American Coalition and Latin American Women's Association. For more information click here.

(Photo courtesy of Latin American Coalition)