The 10th Annual El Puente Festival, presented by Cultural Coalition, will feature youth performance groups and family friendly activities at Tempe Center for the Arts on Sunday from 2 to 5:30 p.m.
This free event will have an eclectic mix of arts and culture performances that range from masked storytelling to youth mariachi’s, hula hooping to the debut performance of the American Sign Language Choir from Harmony Project.
Craft activities for the whole family will be provided by Cultural Coalition, The Little Library, Printmaking and more. New this year, attendees will also enjoy a performance in the Studio Theater, Cruzando Fronteras, a collaboration between Mariachi Sonido de Mexico, Herencia Mexicana and Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli. This unique experience explores the history of crossing borders, and how traditions, celebrations, and customs are continued through music, colorful outfits and footwork of Mexican folk dance.
El Puente, the Spanish word for bridge, features talented youth performance groups from around the Valley to bring generations together with the opportunity to share the cultural traditions of music, dance, and art with diverse audiences.
2:00 p.m. - Welcome and Masked Storytelling by Zarco Guerrero
2:15 p.m. - Harmony Project: Orquesta Latino Caribeña
2:55 p.m. - Harmony Project: Sign Language Choir
3:10 p.m. - Tatiana Crespo “Imagining Songs”
3:25 p.m. - Kyrene Middle School Mariachi Band
3:45 p.m. - Hula Hooping with Jessica Packard
3:55 p.m. - Los Cucuis Dancers
4:10 p.m. - Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children
4:40 p.m. - Hands of Hope Performance
4:50 p.m. - Coatlicue Danza Mexica
All attendees are invited to join the annual traditional parade of dancers, musicians, masked performers, and over-sized puppets designed by master sculptor Zarco Guerreo across the Tempe Pedestrian Bridge in front of the Tempe Center for the Arts.Visit the El Puente event page at culturalcoalition.com/elpuente/ for more details.
This project is partially funded by the city of Tempe, Raza Development Fund and individual donations.
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