Acknowledging Cultural Traditions

Festival De La Gente in the original Downtown Los Angeles Arts District at the Barker Block, November 1 & 2

Published on LatinoLA: November 1, 2008

Acknowledging Cultural Traditions

The City of Los Angeles will host the 9th Annual Festival De La Gente in the original Downtown Los Angeles Arts District at the Barker Block. The nation's largest "D?¡a de los Muertos" commemoration, the free festival includes a display of giant paper mach?® skeleton characters joining in the fun.

D?¡a de los Muertos is a Latin American cultural tradition that honors life and the spirit of family and friends who have passed on. The iconic playful skeletons were made famous by Mexican artist Jose Posada and are recreated by famed L.A. based paper mach?® artist, Tony Dominguez.

The 2-day festival features a children's carnival, themed arts and crafts, and a concert that features regional rock bands. On Saturday, American Latino TV welcomes a special performance by international reggae sensation Alika (Argentina) backed by local favorites Quinto Sol.

Sunday is Day of the Dead and the fun continues from 1pm to 9pm in the KLOVE Zone. A fundraiser for Arte Calidad Cultural Institute, the festival's theme aims to acknowledge cultural traditions and bring the international community together from all parts of Los Angeles, the USA and Latin America through art, music and fun. For more information please visit www.festivaldelagente.org

Sponsored by Goya Foods

Saturday, November 1, 2008, 4 p.m. Mayor's Commemoration
Sunday, November 2, 2008, 5 p.m. Councilmember's Commemoration
Visuals: Giant paper mache caricatured skeletons "dressed" for Dia de los Muertos

Arte Calidad Cultural Institute at Barker Block
519 S. Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
(Parking Available at 930 4th Street, one block from the 4th Street Bridge)
See Event (location) Map: www.festivaldelagente.org

Sharing of cultural pride through the festival and the art school is important to Latino youth who need positive role models and a place where they can mold their art aptitude into marketable job skills that will keep them away from graffiti "tagging crews", gangs and jail.

Bilingual interviews can be arranged at your convenience with any of the following officials and spokespersons to discuss the Festival and how it has combined community, government and corporate support to help community youth.

Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles City Mayor

Jose Huizar, Los Angeles Councilman, CD 14

Tony Dominguez, Founder of Arte Calidad Cultural Institute and the Festival

Altar Contest sponsored by Sci-Hispana-Jardines Y Funerarias

The Newly added Eco Zone is sponsored in part by Whole Foods, Heal the Bay and EcoLA

Music by Quinto Sol, The Wiseguys, Santos de los Angeles and more

Children's Art's & Crafts sponsored in part by Home Depot
To schedule and interview please contact, Veronica Jacuinde 310-508-1896

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