Hispanic Heritage Festival

Hispanic Heritage Festival to Feature Several Musical Acts
Posted on 09/27/2019

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (September 27, 2019) - Mucha musica will be offered at Downtown Library’s Hispanic Heritage Festival on Saturday, October 5, from 11 AM to 3 PM. The family-friendly community event, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15), is the first time Manatee Libraries has coordinated a festival, focused on Hispanic culture, arts, food and music.

Aileen Valdes, Librarian and Program Cochair, said Manatee Libraries’ Hispanic Heritage Committee wanted to do something bigger this year by combining all the related programming, rather than smaller programs spread out at different library locations.

“Manatee Libraries always tries to provide fun, vibrant programming during Hispanic Heritage Month at all of our locations. We hope to offer a fun and educational event for all ages to experience and learn more about Hispanic culture and histories at one place,” said Valdes.

The music lineup is as follows:

  • State College of Florida Presidential Jazz Quartet
  • Latin Rendezvous: A duo that performs a variety of vocal and instrumental World Music for many types of events (Bossa Nova/Samba, Flamenco, Latin). Elise Amaral, vocals, percussion, violin and Native American flutes; David Munoz, flamenco guitarist.
  • Edwin Culver: A classical guitarist, composer and music teacher
  • Erick Ortega Y Su Mariachi Guadalupe: A popular mariachi band based in Sarasota.
Planned activities include bilingual storytimes, arts and crafts and a photo booth.

The list of vendors include:

  • Cindy Lou Balloon Animals
  • Southeast High Face Painting
  • Taco Loco Fresh Food Truck (for purchase)
  • Kona Ice food truck (for purchase)
Community partners include the following:
  • Parenting Matters
  • Whole Child Manatee
  • MCR Health & Dental Express Bus
  • Manatee Reads/Manatee Literacy Council
  • UnidosNOW
  • Women’s Resource Center
  • Neighborhood Services Department
  • Division of Blind Services
  • US Census 2020
  • CAN Community Health
The festival is scheduled to take place outdoors, but if it rains, all music will take place in the auditorium and crafts in the meeting room.

For more information, please contact kelly.foster@mymanatee.org, Marketing & Public Relations.

About the Manatee County Public Library System: The Florida Library Association’s 2016 Library of Year and 2013 “Library Innovation” winner, the Manatee County Public Library System supports the County’s growing community and visitors through a wide range of educational and technological resources and programs at seven facilities in downtown Bradenton (Riverwalk), the east county region, the south county area, Holmes Beach, Palmetto, Ellenton and the new LITtle Discovery Center at Downtown. This past year, Manatee Libraries was visited by nearly 850,000 customers who made use of its resources over 3.9 million times (a record high). Downloads of their digital ebook/eaudio/movies have continued to double each year, while technical training and computer assistance were up 16%. The 47,000 customers who attended their wide variety of informational and educational programs and events reflect an increase of 130% since 2006. For more information, call Downtown Library at (941) 748-5555, ext. 6307. For more information on Manatee County Public Library System, visit mymanatee.org/library, follow them at Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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