Join us at Oak Park Library on Sept. 3, 2011
Latino Festival 2011 will provide an unforgettable cultural experience for the whole family. Visit Latin American cultural tables and enjoy a variety of games and activities for children.
Sept. 3, 2011
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Oak Park Library
No registration is necessary. For more information call (913) 826-4600.
Explore the countries of Latin America: Visit tables representing Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Bolivia, Ecuador, Honduras, Peru, etc. from 12 - 3 p.m.
Latino Artwork: Mauricio Zuniga’s paintings will be in exhibit at the Oak Park Branch from September to October and will be one of the highlights of the Festival.
Children's games and crafts on the playground: Children of all ages are invited to enjoy Latin American games, songs and a variety of crafts from 11:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Prizes & Refreshments: 12 - 2:00 p.m.
Piñata celebration: 1:30 p.m.
Marimbas del Sol de Chiapas: A professional resident ensemble at UMKC’s Conservatory of Music, Marimba Sol de Chiapas maintains an active international schedule of performances, recordings, multi-cultural workshops, and well over 50 years combined in-school presentation experience. John Currey is the music director of Marimba Sol de Chiapas.
Poesía Mitos y Cuentos de Hispanoamérica: Presenters will share popular Latin American poetry, myths and legends of Spanish influence. They will help us remember the stories of our abuelos (grandparents), connect with a forgotten culture and through the world of magic and fantasy discover the surreal imagination of the Amèricas. (Stories and poetry reading will be in Spanish.)
Ole: Dance and Music of Spain: Tamara "La Garbancito" is the founder and Artistic Director. She is also a professional dancer and educator. Tamara "La Garbancito" has brought together a diverse group of talented musicians and dancers who share her vision of bringing the passion and energy of Flamenco and Spanish Dance to all communities. Dressed in traditional Spanish folk costume, La Garbancito and her troupe use castanets and footwork to demonstrate the colorful and lively dances of Spain. The dancers are accompanied by live Flamenco guitar, violin, voice, and cajon. The group has been performing together since 1994.
Pablo Sahueza's Latino Jazz Trio: Sanhueza’s interpretations emphasize the African roots of Latin music, which gives his music energy and drive that’s unique. The Latin Jazz Trio will perform Salsa, Merengue, Timba, and Cumbia using timbales piano and bass.
Ballet Folklórico de Kansas City: Ballet Folklórico directed by Teresa Perez will perform dances from the regions of Mexico. Ballet Folklórico is a non-profit organization that provides traditional Mexican dance instruction in Kansas City. Performers include youth ages 3- 18.