Hosted by Loisaida, Inc., the 30th Annual Loisaida Festival will take place on Sunday, May 28, from 11:00am to 5:00pm along Loisaida Avenue (Avenue C) from 6th to 12th Street in Manhattan, New York. All events are free and open to the public.
This year the Festival celebrates three decades as the largest public open-air event in Lower Manhattan dedicated to preserving Puerto Rican and Latinx culture, deeply rooted in Loisaida—Spanglish for the Lower East Side.
The 30th Anniversary Festival [. . .] is dedicated to The Spirit of the Immigrant and Migrant community and their unique contributions to the Lower East Side, New York City, and beyond. [. . .]
Salsa, Samba, Charanga, Mambo, and Rock and Roll will rule the Festival’s mainstage with a lineup that brings together a magic mix of established and rising Puerto Rican and Latin American artists. This year’s bombastic musical program will feature the Legendary Puerto Rican musician, composer, and producer Fran’ Ferrer, founder of Puerto Rico 2010 and Descarga Boricua. The lineup also includes, Rock and Roll Neoyorquino by Rubí, A Vibes Tribute to Tito Puente! and Cheo Feliciano courtesy of Supermambo – created by Grammy nominated Felipe Fournier; performances by Batalá, an all women Afro Brazilian Samba Reggae Percussion Band, and 70’s Charanga music and dancing by Son del Monte.
The Fourth Annual Festival Theatre Lab featuring the performance troupe Mezcolanza will take place at the Plaza Cultural on 9th Street and Avenue C. It will be jammed packed with activities fun for whole family, and an impressive line-up of first-rate performance artists visiting from Puerto Rico including: a flamenco performance by Jeanne D Arc, the distinct Caribbean bohemian meets street jargon musical style of Lizbeth Román and the interactive sculptures of Poncili Creation, recipients of Loisaida Center’s artistic residency.
The Festival will open at 11:00 AM with a Carnival Parade, the result of a month-long intensive collaborative atelier on parade-making & Cabezudo techniques that Loisaida, Inc. commissioned engaging three masters in the arts of street theater – Pablo Varona, Daniel Polnau, and Adam Ende – to kick-off the annual celebration.
For more information, see http://www.loisaidafest.org/