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Virtual Latino Arts Festival presented by Esperanza Arts Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Philadelphia, PA – August 26, 2020. Tweet: @Esperanza_US will host the first #VRTL Latino Arts Festival in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The #FSTVL will spotlight artists and traditions from all over Latin America! Info:

Esperanza Art Center (EAC) is pleased to announce the first Virtual Latino Arts Festival in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. EAC will spotlight a broad spectrum of Latino artists and traditions with streamed performances available through Esperanza Art Center website and Facebook page. The festival will travel through various rhythms ranging from traditional Afro-Caribbean influences to South American pop fusions.

“Our first Virtual Latino Arts Festival will take audiences on a kaleidoscopic journey through a tapestry of Latin American culture and traditions. On any given week, you will hop north and south of the equator, experience the evolution of Mexican Son Jarocho dance, new cinema from Cuba and Spain, Plena and Bomba from Puerto Rico, Afro-Brazilian Capoeira, a new take on Argentine tango, and folk music, and more. Make sure to give yourself plenty of space to dance in your living room. There’s plenty here to inspire, excite, and get you on your feet.”
Bill Rhoads, Senior Vice President for the Esperanza Arts Center

Virtual Latino Arts Festival featured presentations:

Date: September 16
¡Vívelo!
Son Luna y Jóvenes Zapateadores

Date: September 23
Ologundê
Afro-Brazilian Music & Dance

Date: September 30
Remojo Remixed
Theater and Cinema from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Spain

Date: October 7
Plena Libre 
Plena & Bomba from Puerto Rico

Date: October 14
Ensemble Murgier 
Tango & Folk Music from Argentina

The Virtual Latino Arts Festival will debut on Wednesday, September 26th at 6 pm and stream new performances every Wednesday at 6 pm until October 14th. To attend the Virtual Latino Arts Festival and learn more about upcoming performances visit https://www.esperanzaartscenter.us/virtual-latino-arts-festival-2020/. The Virtual Latino Arts Festival is presented by www.esperanzaartscenter.us.

For media inquiries, please contact Samantha Martinez at smartinez@esperanza.us


Esperanza Arts Center
Guided by our core values of faith, excellence, and integrity, Esperanza Arts Center (EAC) will touch the lives of and foster positive social change in, the Hunting Park neighborhood and the Latino community through the arts. EAC will be the center for Latino arts and culture in the Philadelphia region – presenting music, dance, theater, cinema, and visual art from Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as a broad spectrum of traditions from around the world.

Esperanza is a national community-based organization founded in 1987 by Rev. Luis Cortés and the Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia & Vicinity with the biblical mandate to serve and advocate for “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40). Beginning with a local initiative, with programs targeted to address the unmet needs of North Philadelphia’s Hispanic community, Rev. Cortes is now sought by national and international leaders alike on issues of economic and workforce development, housing, immigration, and education. Under his leadership, Esperanza has grown from a small 20-person operation to a $40 million organization with more than 450 employees. Follow us on social media @esperanza_us on Twitter and InstagramEsperanzaUSA on Facebook and Esperanza US on YouTube.  For more information, please visit www.esperanza.us.

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