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Raiz Viva Hispanic Heritage Celebration

October 10, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Navy Pier Wave Wall performance platform and Pier Park at the top of the Wave Wall staircase

Presented in collaboration with Pachanka Music Culture, this mini-festival moves west from the Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier for the first time and will include live music and dance, spoken word and theatre performances, kids’ art workshops, and artists and vendors from Chicago’s vibrant and diverse Spanish-speaking community.


Luis Tubens a.k.a Logan Lu
Logan Lu is a citywide M.C. who has hosted events throughout the city of Chicago and the United States. His energetic flow of words and his consistent attention to show details is a perfect combination that makes him an elite M.C. He has hosted events for Calle 13, Ana Tijoux, and Saul Williams. He is currently the resident M.C. at CumbiaSazo, a monthly event that celebrates Latino based music.

The Ponderers
The Ponderers is formed by Sandra Trevino of Enchufate and Stephanie Manriquez from Revista Contratiempo and FMEL, both Chicago-based journalists. The music enthusiasts play a large volume of female-fronted music with a focus on women empowerment. The Ponderers feature global tracks, with a focus on Latin America, spinning eclectic sounds created by the world’s fiercest chicas poderosas in both digital and vinyl formats.

Danza Azteca Mexica Nahui Ollin Huehuecoyotl
Danzas keep the Aztec-Mexico rituals alive to honor ancestral culture and preserve the history of the Mexican identity. Noah Ollin Huehuecoyotl is led by Chicago-based artists and educators.

Laura Crotte
Laura Crotte is as a theatre artist and educator touring national and internationally with puppets, dramatized readings. She is a teaching artist, and Art-Culture-Education promoter. Laura has performed in Chicago with the Goodman, Chicago Children’s, Teatrovista, Raven, Chopin, Aguijon, Chicago Dramatists, Silk Road Rising, and Steppenwolf Theatres. She performed many years in Mexico City and Xalapa, Veracruz, touring to numerous Mexican cities, Peru, Argentina, Cuba, and Canada. Her performance in theater and storytelling are vibrant and focused on the Aztec, Incas, and Mayan civilizations creation stories.

Sones de Mexico Ensemble
Sones de México is Chicago’s premier folk music ensemble specializing in Mexican ‘son’ including the regional styles of huapango, gustos, chilenas, son jarocho, and more.��The group formed in 1994 to keep the tradition of Mexican ‘son’ alive in its many regional forms. As performers and recording artists, the ensemble has developed and popularized many original arrangements of Mexican traditional tunes through touring the United States and internationally, including such prestigious venues as the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and Carnegie Hall in New York. They have released six albums, including the GRAMMY® nominated Esta Tierra Es Tuya (This Land is Your Land).

Charangueo means a person or group that performs ‘Charanga.’ Charanga is a classical chamber music ensemble that came out of Haiti, featuring the unique sound of the French flute and violins. During the Haitian revolution of 1804, this sound migrated to eastern Cuba where it reached Santiago. In the space of 120 years, the modern Charanga was born by adding elements of Africa, Spain, Haiti and Cuba transforming it into an electric mix of cultures and one of the world’s most exciting dance genres. Charangueo borrows from this long tradition of dance music, and performs it with authenticity.

Comparza de Morelos La Orginal
Chinelos are a kind of traditional costumed dancer which is popular in the Mexican state of Morelos, parts of the State of Mexico and the Federal District of Mexico City, especially the boroughs of Milpa Alta and Xochimilco. The tradition arose from the blending of indigenous and Catholic traditions, most notably Carnival, with its permission to be masked and to mock. Chinelos mock Europeans and European mannerisms from the colonial period up to the end of the 19th century. The Chinelos tradition is strongest in Morelos, especially around Carnival, but Chinelos now appear at other festivities such as Independence Day celebrations, private parties and more. Comparza de Morelos La Orginal are the first Chinelo group performing in Chicago.

Latin-American Culinary Art Demo by Victor M. Arellano
Hispanic cuisine is well known around the world for its diversity and deliciousness. Víctor Manuel Arellano Frias is a proud promoter of latinamerica’s culinary art. His roots are from Penjamo, Guanajuato, México but his knowledge in the culinary arts spans over 25 years studying and working in the industry. His TV show on mexican and latinamerican food ‘Denominación de Origen’ will start airing soon.

OPEN Center for the Arts
The mission of OPEN Center for the Arts (NFP) is to provide a space where all artists can come together to educate, showcase, refine, and develop their talents as well as support entrepreneurship opportunities in the arts while connecting their growth to the community. OPEN Center for the arts educates, inspires, and promotes different artistic expressions of emerging and aspiring artists as well as bridging established artists to the new generations of community members in their gallery space located in the south west side of Chicago.


October 10, 2016
11:00 am - 4:00 pm


Navy Pier


Navy Pier
600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611 United States

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