4th Annual Fiesta Latinoamericana Celebrates Bicentennial of The Americas' Independence from Spain, with Arts District Debut

For Immediate Release
June 9, 2010
Contact: Anne Marie Weiss-Armush
DFW International Community Alliance

DFW International Community Alliance is proud to present the 4th Annual Fiesta Latinoamericana! on Sunday October 10, 2010 from 10 till 7 in the Dallas Arts District, Flora Street between the Meyerson Symphony Center and the Guadalupe Cathedral. The free festival incorporates Cathedral's Fall Carnaval and the Con Sabor a Mexico Festival, and the Honorary Chairs are Dallas City Councilperson Pauline Medrano and Texas Representative Rafael Anchia. Confirmed sponsors include the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Humanities Texas, Univision, and Univision radio, with numerous additional sponsors still to be announced.

As the Americas and North Texas celebrate the 200th anniversary of Latin America’s independence from Spain, we are proud to present a family event that captures the rhythms and flavours of a traditional plaza, with
    2 stages of music and dance from across the Americas
    Dance Pavilion Workshops in salsa, danzon, cueca, samba, flamenco,
    cueca, chacarera, tango, etc.
    Featured guest artists from Durango, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi, and        
    Children's Workshops with papel picado, mascaras, ojo de Dios, flores de     papel, weaving, and much more
    Parade of Nations celebrating the American people and nations
    2 Food Courts
    Strolling musicians, clowns, Aztec dancers, magicians, stilt walkers,    
    sidewalk artists, ice cream cart
    Afro Latino Drum circle with indigenous, Caribbean, Afro-Latin, candombe,
    and capoeira rhythms
    Music, dance andculture representing more than 15 nations.

"We are celebrating the bicentennial of the proclamation of Independence from Spain by most of countries in Latin America. These events that took place 200 years ago in Argentina, Mexico, Colombia and other nations to the south remind us of the promise of the Americas:  freedom from unfair treatment, our pride in our vibrant regional cultures, and equal participation in a democracy," says Dallas City Councilwoman and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Pauline Medrano.

"Fiesta Latinoamericana! was originally created for the City of Plano in 2007, and will be Dallas' first Latin American cultural festival.” adds Anne Marie Weiss-Armush of DFW International.  "We are delighted to have found the support and encouragement of the Dallas Arts District, the country's largest urban area dedicated to the arts.  It's a perfect venue for everyone in this bicentennial year, with plenty of room for growth."

DFW International Community Alliance is the portal for global North Texas, a network of 1,600 of the regions ethnic and internationally-focused civic, community and educational organizations.  Its mission is to build mutual understanding and respect by linking diverse international cultural communities. The organization promotes and links North Texas global groups through its website and cultural calendar at www.dfwinternational.org/ .  For more details about DFW International Community Alliance, see the media page at www.dfwinternational.org/media_/ or call 972-661-2764. Photos of Fiesta Latinoamericana! can be viewed at www.dfwinternational.org/photos/, and high resolution images are available.

This program is made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.