Chase Latino Cultural Festival

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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Queens, New York, USA
Festival Contact Information

Queens Theatre in the Park
P. O. Box 520069
Flushing, NY 11352 USA
Phone: +01 718-760-0686
Fax: +01 718-760-1972
Box Office: +01 718-760-0064

Festival Description

In 1997, Queens Theatre in the Park founded the Latino Cultural Festival with the Latin America Cultural Center of Queens to celebrate the contributions of Latin American artists to New York’s cultural life. Under the leadership of Claudia Norman, Festival Artistic Director since 1999, QTP highlights Spanish, African and Caribbean influences, presents rich folk traditions, and spotlights a range of popular and cutting edge artists. Many of the participating Central and South American artists now make the Festival their exclusive NYC engagement. This once local effort to better serve Latino audiences has become a major cultural attraction in the northeast.

Festival Dates July 20 - 24, 2011
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Festival Events:

Programming 2011:
  • Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 8:00pm - Opening Night Show & Party
    • OYU ORO Afro-Cuban Folklore Dance Ensemble (New York/Cuba)/ Dance
      OYU ORO Afro-Cuban Folklore Experimental Dance Ensemble is committed to the preservation of Afro-Cuban culture through dance, song and music. Join us afterward as we celebrate our 15th year with an opening night celebration. Tickets $25
  • Thursday, July 21, 2011, 8:00pm
    • Folklore Urbano (New York/Colombia)/ Concert
      This 12-piece New York City-based Colombian groove band plays original music and arrangements of pianist Pablo Mayor. While featuring vocals, five horns, Colombian percussion, piano, bass, and drumset, Folklore Urbano showcases music that is danceable, festive, and intriguing. Tickets $25
  • Friday, July 22, 2011, 7:00pm
      Beto Gómez, Mexico, 2005, 82 min. In Spanish with English subtitles
      This documentary is a valentine to the women who have contributed to the development of Mexican music with their distinctive voices. Director Beto Gomez explores the struggles and successes of women such as Chavela Vargas, Lila Downs, Eugenia León, Astrid Hadad, La Negra Graciana, and Iraida Noriega. Through this intriguing film, Beto illuminates what is vital in modern Mexican music. Tickets FREE - call 718-760-0064 for reservations.
  • Friday, July 22, 2011, 7:00pm
    • MC and Host by La Bruja (New York) / Open Mic
      The Open Mic Night provides a platform for poets, singer-songwriters, and spoken-word artists to showcase their talents in front of a live audience. The host and MC of the evening will be none other than America’s leading spoken word artist, La Bruja. Tickets FREE - call 718-760-0064 for reservations.
  • Friday, July 22, 2011, 8:00pm
    • Los Chantas Tango Quartet (New York) / Milonga-Dance
      While collaborating with professional dancers, Los Chantas will host a traditional Milonga (lively form of social tango dance). The evening will begin with a half hour crash course for guests dancing tango for the first time. Following the Milonga, Los Chantas will perform live to everyone. A photo display in the lobby of the theatre will feature featuring photos of tango dancers and music by Sergio Reyes. Tickets FREE - call 718-760-0064 for reservations.
  • Saturday, July 23, 2011, 1:00pm
    • CLAVE - THE KEY: A Rhythmic Journey from Africa to the New World (New York)/ Concert
      Multiple Grammy Award-nominated drummer, percussionist, arranger, composer, and bandleader Bobby Sanabria uses the five-beat rhythm of the clave (the rhythmic pattern and unifying principle of Cuban son, rumba and contemporary salsa) as the key to unlock the roots of Afro-Cuban music and show its presence in the music of present day United States. Tickets FREE - call 718-760-0064 for reservations.
  • Saturday, July 23, 2011, 8:00pm and 10:00pm
    • Tola y Maruja (Colombia)/ Comedy
      This Colombian comedy duo, formed in 1990 by journalist and cartoonist Carlos Mario Gallego (Tola) and writer Sergio Valencia Rincón (Maruja) mocks Columbian politics and society in the form of two old paisa (from Medellin City) ladies. Tola y Maruja started as a feature in Frivolidad, a humor magazine created by Carlos and Sergio. After five issues, Friviolidad became a theatre company which continued the satirical antics of Tola y Maruja. This performance is in Spanish only. Tickets $25
  • Sunday, July 24, 2011, 7:00pm
    • Albita (Cuba-Miami)/ Concert
      TODA UNA VIDA Tour
      Performing original songs from her new CD Toda una Vida, Albita’s pop flair and uncanny songwriting ability have given her the ability to move hearts and bodies simultaneously. The daughter of famous singers, this Cuban diva made her long and hard way to Little Havana via Colombia and Mexico, and her elegant pop songs retain an international scope and appeal. Tickets $25


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Practical Info:

  • Queens Theatre in the Park is located at Flushing Meadows Corona Park
    Queens, New York
Tickets 2010:
  • Available
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    • By phone at +01 718-760-0064, Tuesday through Saturday, 12-6pm
    • In person at
      Queens Theatre in the Park
      Flushing Meadows Corona Park
      Flushing, NY.


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