Que Pasa Fest 2015 Kickoff Party
“Save the Date: Que Pasa Fest 2015 Scheduled from October 5-10”
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with an Emphasis on Cuban Artistry
Kenner, LA--Cervantes Fundación Hispanoamericana de Arte (Cervantes Hispanic-American Arts Foundation) and Hispanic Flavor Productions are proud to announce their Fifth Annual Que Pasa Fest 2015. With the support of sponsors, businesses and local non-profit organizations, this festival is an extension of the Latin cultural TV show, “¿Que Pasa New Orleans? (What’s Up New Orleans?) and celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month highlighting exciting Latin music and Hispanic heritage and culture.
This year, because of the media attention on Cuba, Que Pasa Fest 2015 will feature a variety of world-class artists from that country including Cuban artists residing in the Greater New Orleans area.
Que Pasa Fest 2015 is scheduled to be a six-day festival filled with music and dance and will be held at various locations throughout the Greater New Orleans area. Festivities will begin Monday, October 5 at the New Orleans Mexican Consulate and culminate Saturday, October 10, with a FREE outdoor festival for the whole family at the Al Copeland Meadow Concert area in Lafreniere Park, in Metairie, Louisiana. Most, if not all of the other events leading up to the outdoor fest, will also be FREE for the community.
The artist line-up and schedules are still in the development and confirmation stages but confirmed are local Cuban artists, Piky Mendizabal (visual arts), Alexey Marti (Latin Jazz), Javier Olondo (classical guitar), AsheSon (Cuban traditional music), William Sabourin (filmmaker) and Tomas Montoya (ethnologist and curator). As the festival gets closer, a formal announcement of the complete listing of participating artists, schedules, and venues will be made.
During the last several fests, award winning performers have included: Amanda Shaw; Rockin’ Dopsie; Rumba Buena; Patrice Fisher & Arpa; AsheSon; KARMA; American Idol Top 12 Finalist, Jovany Barreto; Riccardo Crespo, Bachata Heightz and Julio & Cesar, among others.
National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group's heritage and culture.
More about the presenters:
Cervantes Fundación Hispanoamericana de Arte was created in 1982 as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, with the mission to promote modern and classical Hispanic arts and cultural traditions. This includes music, dance, literature, fine arts, and culinary arts, among others. Cervantes has had a major impact in the Hispanic community and the Louisiana community in general.
Hispanic Flavor Productions was created in 2007. The goal is to enhance and enrich the Hispanic culture and traditions by creating diverse events such as festivals, classical music concerts, art exhibits, music conferences, among other events. Some past and present productions by Hispanic Flavor include ―Que Pasa New Orleans TV show on Telemundo, Buena Vista Social at Maison, Sociedad Española Celebration, Que Pasa Night, Fiesta de Independencia de Centro America, Havana Nights, Mojitos at Mojitos Rum Bar and Grill, España! Classical music concert, Christmas of Hope, Mardi Gras Mambo and the New Orleans International Guitar Festival.
"¿Que Pasa New Orleans?" is a bilingual television show that airs on Telemundo (T42), in New Orleans. It is a dynamic, informative, cultural program that airs every week. In each episode, the hosts guides the viewers to the exciting multicultural events in and around New Orleans including music, food, festivals, restaurants, art galleries, sports, events and more. The show introduces the viewers to the movers and shakers of the cultural scene: artists, musicians, local business owners, chefs, actors and characters that make New Orleans an exciting place to live!